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  • July 11, 2008

If you ever wrote to nbpodcast AT netbeans DOT org...

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
...please send your e-mail there again! Until a few minutes ago, the e-mail account wasn't working correctly, so that we never received any of your e-mails. (Which explains why "nobody solved the last NetBeans Puzzler".) Apologies for the inconvenience.

Use that mail address for (1) sending answers to the NetBeans Puzzler of the Podcast and (2) sending ideas for people/topics you'd like to have addressed in future podcasts!

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Comments ( 5 )
  • Paul Cox Friday, July 11, 2008


    I'm heading a development project that targets the oil and gas workers that are employed by the producers. These developments need to have the users involved in defining and determining what it is they need in order to do their job. The scope of the application is global, with users and developers located in most producer countries.

    A blog entry that I posted about the Google Eclipse day attempted to have these users get a good look at the type of tools that are available today. This project is a NetBeans project which made me think...

    What tools and resources are available on NetBeans that help the average "user" understand what is going on in the IDE? I soon realized that NetBeans and Eclipse are very much oriented to the developer. But in user-based developments are we limiting what the NetBeans tool could be? I don't foresee users reading or writing code but there should be some tools that are more pertinent to facilitate the communication between developer and user.

  • Geertjan Tuesday, July 15, 2008

    Hi Paul, what do you mean by "user" in this context?

  • Paul Cox Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Good morning,

    I mean the business user in the context of a development project. Anne Botha wrote an article on dzone that captures what I mean by the user.


    Users really don't care about the technology. They want systems that accommodate their needs. Expecting them to be able to review the work being done in an IDE and relate it to what they want is an immediate loss of attention and desire on behalf of the user. Especially considering the advanced nature of a modern IDE.

    Not to criticize your writing but review your "Table of Contents" and ask what is there for the business user?

  • Geertjan Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    But a user of NetBeans is always a programmer, i.e., someone interested in technology.

  • Paul Cox Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    I say we smash those glass houses.

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