[plan] NetBeans 6.9 roadmap

The next release of NetBeans will be called 6.9. There were some objections against this number (the same were a time ago against 6.6).

The main drivers for this release will be JavaFX and NetBeans Platform. There are some additional themes as JDK7, JavaEE 6, editor improvements etc... The plan of the release is quite simple
Milestone Start End Weeks
M1 Dev 1/042/01 4
M1 Stabilization 2/012/15 2
M1 Release 2/17
M2 Dev 2/153/15 4
Feature Freeze 3/15
M2 Stabilization 3/154/05 2
M2 Release 4/07
Beta Stabilization 4/054/26 3
Beta Release 4/28
FCS Stabilization 4/265/24 4
Code Freeze 5/24
RC Cycle 5/246/21 4
FCS 6/23


If you are interested in more details look at http://wiki.netbeans.org/NetBeans_69. You will find bug criteria, dashboards, supported platforms and more at the page.

It will be really tough to get the release out after the reduction of the NetBeans' team. And nobody knows what will happen when the Oracle will enter the door. Will it influence the schedule and themes?
Comments:

What would be the main reason that so many items
regarding module platform development have been postponed?
I thought 2010 was supposed to be the year of the netbeans rcp?

Posted by snake-john on January 20, 2010 at 09:03 AM CET #

snake-john: I am not Lukas, of course, but I wanted to try and address your comment anyway.

As stated in this blog post and in the NetBeans 6.9 plan, major improvements for the NetBeans Platform is one of two major goals of this release. I think 2010 will indeed be the year of the NetBeans RCP because one of these planned features is OSGi compatibility, which means that developers no longer have to choose between the standard Swing toolkit (like NetBeans uses) and comatibility with the de facto OSGi module system (like Eclipse RCP does) because NetBeans Platform will provide both of these things.

I don't know what specific tasks have been postponed -- it's not possible to do everything in a single release -- but there is definitely going to be major improvements to the NetBeans Platform in this 2010.

Posted by Tom Wheeler on January 20, 2010 at 10:20 AM CET #

@snake-john: Well, you can see more details about it [1] here too. One thing that will be improved is the documentation... Geertjan will have a lot of work to do this time LOL but the main goal here is to make possible work with OSGI making easy to port Eclipse RCP application for example easier ;) as well plugins? I think it is time to think in what Oracle has not in his portfolio as an RCP application and NetBeans is here to fill this gap as well maybe this is the point to address an future JDeveloper migration?

Regards
[1] http://wiki.netbeans.org/PlatformPoolOfRcpTopics

Posted by Michel Graciano on January 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM CET #

At some point would'nt it be nice to re-write the UI for NetBeans in JavaFX. What better validation than that ?. If this has already been stated someplace, then please ignore this.

/rk

Posted by rk tumuluri on January 21, 2010 at 03:55 AM CET #

@Tom, @Michael: IMHO, the whole NB team should thank you for your neverending support.

@Michael: NB RCP might be important for Oracle. OTOH, it might be not ;) I'm very curious what next weeks will bring. Good things or bad ones?

@snake-john: Stop complaining join the project - NetCAT, NetFIX etc. But yes you're right the way ahead is full of curves and holes and we don't know where it will bring us. OTOH, NB platform is DRIVER for the release. It means - NB team will take it seriously. And there are no excuses for driver features.

OTOH, my latest sentence in italics might mean anything. The acquisition is almost over I'd expect some results soon.

Posted by Lukas Hasik on January 21, 2010 at 03:11 PM CET #

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