Back from Brazil: Hello NetBeans IDE 6.7
By Geertjan on Jun 29, 2009
- FISL 2009: Day 1... Open source as an attribute instead of an entity
- FISL 2009: Day 2... The Internet will not listen to reason
- FISL 2009: Day 3... Cybercrime law is equivalent to censorship
What I found especially interesting about FISL was the focus on copyright / human rights law, as much as on technology itself. In other words, more often than not, the speaker would not do any demonstrations at all, nor talk about what wonderful things their company is doing. Instead, they'd talk about the current state of cybercrime legislation as it pertains to some area or other (see the above links for details).
My award for most inspiring presenter goes to Peter Sunde (Wikipedia entry). My award for most eccentric presenter goes to Richard Stallman (Wikipedia entry). From both I learned an incredible amount. See part 2 above, for all the details.
I had my own few minutes to tell my tale, in a presentation on Saturday entitled "Java Development: Beyond the IDE". Basically, it was all about how NetBeans IDE 6.7 raises the bar when it comes to what an IDE is able to do. For the first time, with NetBeans IDE 6.7, an IDE is able to manage your project beyond the create/edit/deploy/debug cycle: you can also store it (for free) in a source code repository, assign issues to it, retrieve the source code, and chat to other team members... all inside the same IDE where you did your coding! Uniqueness was never this unique.
Here's my presentation (though the majority was a demo, so you won't see much in the slides):
And here's a pic of me presenting the agenda of the presentation:
The above entails that I demoed Kenai.com, GlassFish, MySQL, and VisualVM, in addition to NetBeans IDE. Of course, I ended by summarizing the main enhancements in 6.7:
By the way:
A lot of cool reactions afterwards. Attendees were amazed at how responsive NetBeans is and how many features it has out of the box. The first pic above was taken by Arun Gupta, the second by Eros Stein. He's a NetBeans user I mentioned in the 3rd part of my articles listed above. It was great to meet him. In terms of creating a community around a product, nothing beats talking to a user face to face!
Thanks for the great time at FISL. Especially to the Sun Campus Ambassadors who were there. They were great.