Thursday Oct 29, 2009

[NetBeans 6.8 Beta] Features in the Java FX plugins

Disclaimer: goal of this blog post isn't to show all the features that are available but to point out some of them which were improved or fixed...

The Java FX plugins for NetBeans were released together with the NetBeans 6.8 Beta. The functionality is available in following two NetBeans IDE distributions - All, Java FX. If you have different distro you can enhance it from "Tools > Plugins".

New or Improved Features: For the "old" NetBeans user some of the features could "WT\*? It works for years". However it wasn't true for Java FX files and projects in previous versions.
  • Click through navigation in Editor - . Navigates using Ctrl + mouse over selected type, which provides hyperlink to used type.
  • Go To Type
  • Java FX Editor Hints
    • Add Imports -


    • Unused variables -


    • Remove unused imports -


    • Surround with try-catch -


    • Implement abstract methods -


    • Overridden method -


    • Fix package -


    • and some static hints -


  • Code Completion - Overall fixes in code completion. Faster, more accurate. Unfortunately there are still issues when compiler is not able to parse not compilable source files.
  • Debugger - the old debugger has been removed and rewritten to use common debugger infrastructure in NetBeans. This brings better extensibility and performance, but the set of fundamental issues (such as non functional watches) remains due to JavaFX class files weaknesses.
  • Profiler - the same feature set as in previous versions.
  • Refactoring - Refactoring is turned off by default because issues in compiler may cause data loss. Turn refactoring on by running NetBeans with command line switch -J-Djavafx.refactoring=true on your own risk.


What you can expect soon?
  • quality is increasing as the whole team focused on bugfixing. You can noticed the positive bug progress in last weeks.
  • fixed refactoring will be part of the plugins asap
  • fixed debugger - there are some bugs in javafx compiler that are blocking the fixes in NetBeans IDE however there is lot of issues that have to be fixed before FCS
  • reformatting of code - will be re-written for the 6.8 to provide much more better results than in "old" releases.
  • fxd composer - lot of fixes for better performance and usability
Where to report problems?

Friday Oct 23, 2009

NetBeans 6.8 Beta is out

It's time for celebration. The NetBeans team released the Beta of NetBeans 6.8 finally. The plan was to publish it yesterday but sometimes you cannot make it. Reason? Slow upload. Could you imagine how many GB have to be uploaded? This could be great quiz question for Geertjan's NB podcast :)

If you are interested what's new in it comparing to the Milestone 2 then there is simple answer. It is more stable and we added the support for Java FX. The list of all features is available at the official page - http://www.netbeans.org/community/releases/68/. The team resolved around 1000 bugs - http://quality.netbeans.org/metrics/Bugs-Reported-vs-Resolved-.html

So it's Friday, it's time to celebrate the release. Do you want to see the old NetBeans team? Watch this video.
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