Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

Netbeans 6.8 and the Netbeans Platform Support

The Netbeans 6.8 release will be shipping very soon. The community and the Netbeans team have been working hard to get this release ready. I want to thank everyone that has been working on 6.8 and making it another GREAT release of Netbeans. Please go download it and see why so many people trust and believe in Netbeans!

I wanted to respond to questions in regards to Sun's support of the NetBeans Platform.  As I have recently stated to the NetBeans Dream Team, the NetBeans Platform is critical to the development, support and release of the NetBeans IDE. We also have a number of customers that use the Platform to build a variety of products. Given those two major use cases, this makes the Platform a critical element of Sun's developer product strategy.

With the release of NetBeans 6.8, you'll see a more public effort to support the Platform as a product. This is being driven by overwhelming support, by our customers and the open-source user community. Thank you to the community members who tirelessly use, support and improve the NetBeans Platform. You can see the NetBeans Platform in action at platform.netbeans.org.

In summary, be assured that the NetBeans Platform is an advantage for our users and developers, we will continue to support and enhance the Platform in concert with the NetBeans community.  Thanks to Dream Team and our customers, your voices at Java One where heard and we are responding!

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Sun Software Library

Many long time Sun employees and customers remember fondly the Catalyst Catalog. About 2 years ago a small team decided it was time to take one of the most successful concepts in Sun's history and put it on the web. library.network.com was born. During the process of early design and prototyping we decided that it made the most sense to focus on the backend ( global database in the Sun Cloud ) and let the front end be built from widgets and strong Web base APIs.  Our intention has always been to create a high value and very viral environment for ISV's, Software Developers, OpenSource Communities and Commercial Applications. If you look at the current state of the environment that has all come true. The other key high level design goal was to create a valuable place for these providers ( we call them publishers)  to gain information about their customers, and others looking into their products.  The team building the system has gone far above that goal, in building a rich set of tools and data access for the publisher to realize that value. 

Take some time and go look at site, what you will find is a pretty slick UI ( yes we had to build one of our own)  and I think some of the best documented set of interfaces in the industry. It is open to anyone that wants to access the site to post their applications, be come a publisher, build your own UI at your site accessing the database via standard Webservices APIs or just find some software you need to do your job. We also have added social components to the environment to share ideas about entires, give your rating, post video and audio information on the applications.  You will need to register unless you are already a sun.com ( includes SDN )  member then you can just use your current login!!

Here are some links to follow to get you started:

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#resource/5236  -- How to get started video

http://library.network.com/doc/ -- User and developer documentation

http://library.network.com/faq/ -- FAQ and help documentation

http://blogs.sun.com/thelibrary/ -- Team Blog, they do a great job communicating

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/apps/ -- An example of another UI using library.network.com

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#publisher/49040 -- A great example of using the Library to spread the word

https://library.network.com/app.jsp#software/82483 -- An example of the ratings and reviews

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