Another step further - Kenai services on NetBeans projects

While the Kenai integration in the NetBeans IDE works pretty well overall, we are not resting on one's laurels. There are still many things that have to be done to make this marriage perfect. After we released NetBeans 6.7, a wild discussion on this matter started: "The UI is not cool enough!", "I don't like it done this way!", "It is not working together closely enough!", etc..

But this would lead us nowhere. As we are rational people at Sun, we had several very productive meetings (with several very unproductive moments) and we collected the set of use-cases for the NetBeans/Kenai integration. Subsequently, we have requested some new server API's, we started to slightly rethink the concept of the Kenai dashboard to make it more comprehensive and - the most important thing - we started to integrate Kenai services in the NetBeans stuff (and vice versa, indeed). An improvement from the last category is what I am going to show you today.

If you have a NetBeans project opened in your NB IDE, the IDE knows the remote repository information for the project. If the project is versioned and its repository is a Kenai repository, the NetBeans project has to be a part of some Kenai project. This way, we are able to determine what Kenai project the NetBeans project belongs to. When a project is already on Kenai, there is no point of having the "Share on Kenai" action on it - instead, we replaced this action with a "Kenai" submenu. Currently, you can use it to navigate to the associated Kenai project in the Kenai dashboard or to file/find a bug on the Kenai project:


Kenai actions on NetBeans project

Note: For implementation reasons, the project must be opened in the Kenai dashboard before you can file/find a bug for it (as we need to know an information that is stored on the server side - the presence of an issue tracker). If the corresponding Kenai project is not opened in the Kenai dashboard yet, only the "Open Corresponding Kenai Project..." action is available in the Kenai menu at this point...

We are also thinking about how to integrate versioning in this popup (maybe some SCM independent "Synchronise" action?) and if we should place some other Kenai services to this menu...

What do you think?

Comments:

I like where you are going with this. I just created my first project on Kenai. It's a small BeansBinding demo. I will play around with the features in the coming days and weeks but so far the integration has been intuitive.

Posted by Carl J. Mosca on August 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM PDT #

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