Saturday Sep 12, 2009

Update your Java FX SDK to 1.2.1

New version of Jav FX SDK is available for download from the javafx.com site. The users of NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 and 6.7 can update to the new SDK directly from NetBeans IDE. We produced new update that has been published at the Update Center of NetBeans 6.7/6.7.1. The update contains the latest Java FX SDK and a bug fix for Java FX debugger #170877.

If your IDE haven't shown you the available updates then you can invoke the action in Help > Check For Updates. You have to have installed the NetBeans IDE with Java FX plugins, of course.

JavaFX plugins for NB 6.7.1 updated to SDK 1.2.1

New version of Java FX SDK is available for download from the javafx.com site. The users of NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 and 6.7 can update to the new SDK directly from NetBeans IDE. We produced new update that has been published at the Update Center of NetBeans 6.7/6.7.1. The update contains the latest Java FX SDK and a bug fix for Java FX debugger #170877.

If your IDE haven't shown you the available updates then you can invoke the action in Help > Check For Updates. You have to have installed the NetBeans IDE with Java FX plugins, of course.

After the update new Java FX SDK 1.2.1 will appear in Java Platforms automatically. And your debugger will work better.

Friday Sep 04, 2009

Back in NetBeans team

  • Short story: I'm back in NetBeans team focusing on JavaFX tools - JavaFX Production Suite and JavaFX plugins for NB.
  • Long story: This year seems to be overloaded with changes. At the beginning of year 2009 I moved to newly established group that started a work on Sun Cloud. It looked like real challenge after all the years in the NetBeans team. Therefore I happily took the chance to learn some new things. Here is the summary of the lessons that I took from it:
    • I'll never be real hardware fan nor sysadmin. Although I could pretend that I understand what they talk about I don't like it "so much" (and most of the time don't understand). The enthusiasm of people taking blades out of chassis and adding a FEM to the blade machine makes me wonder (all these actions happen in "cold lab" - noisy area with less than 20 degrees of Celsius).
    • Sometimes you need strict processes. I had to interact with the people from the cloud startup company acquired by SUN and I was surprised how the "common" things surprised them (I probably used to the processes for long time). Complete cultural difference. That's the place where you have to improve your communication skills and empathy.
    • What the hell is cloud? There is no simple answer. If you look for simple answers look at the sky. There might be a cloud.
    • Testing product without well defined build is as hard as reading book without numbers on pages. There is a hundred ways how you can combine modules together (and when you add an update as a way to get a new module version then it became real nightmare).
    • There is always a way how to get to your goal. Sometimes you have to take shortcut that might be longer however you'll get there.


    After 8 months they moved us back to the NetBeans team. Don't ask why, I don't know. I took over the Fabiola's responsibility for the Java FX Production Suite and Java FX plugins for NetBeans. I'm quite new in this area however testing methodology is always the same, isn't it?. It seems that I cannot escape the JavaFX anymore (and I tried for last year).
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