Monday Dec 07, 2009

New splash screen for NetBeans 6.8

a picture is worth thousand words...
FCS should be available soon at netbeans.org (if you have a stopper for the 6.8 report it)

Monday Nov 30, 2009

NetBeans 6.8 RC1 is out + survey

Try it, provide a feedback, wait for the Final Customer Ship (FCS) before Xmas. If you have a stopper for the release speak up or ...

Thursday Nov 26, 2009

How to name the new "gui tool" for JavaFX?

As you probably noticed in this blog and probably even in the latest NetBeans podcast there is a new JavaFX GUI tool to be released soon. However we are still looking for a great name for it. There are already some ideas about the name however if you think that you have a bright great name that we should use (and you are ready to provide it to us for free ;) ) then leave me a comment.

The correct name is always half of the success of the product. This tool is in different situation than a new product at the market however if we'd name it with the right name then it will be easy to remember for our users.
SUN has a long history of "bad" names. That's one of the places where our marketing failed. One of the worst idea that I'd seen was to include quarter of year in the name. I cannot remember any of those "bad" names anymore to provide an example.

Friday Nov 13, 2009

Scaled components are uneditable

There is always a challenge what to do with the components that are scaled to a small size. As you can see from the screenshot you can still edit them when they are small (unless it has no point even with magnifying glass). Fortunatelly you can edit the components in other "state" when they are scaled to "normal" size. It creates nice effect when switching between the pages. And all the effects were set up in the UI (no code).


There is something in the green box on right bottom.
It synchronizes the selection even in Navigator (as shown by arrow).



Components in full size in different state.
Notice the small orange box. Those are the User and Tag textfields.


How it looks when the application runs?

Friday Nov 06, 2009

Creating UI in JavaFX with a tool

I hope that you'll be able to try the preview of the new tool for Java FX very very soon. The only thing that I can show you for now is a screenshot. Click to it to enlarge it.



  • Are you interested in more details? More screenshots? A screencast? A working demo?
    • then leave me a comment

  • What would you miss most in a designer tool for FX?
    • then leave me a comment

  • Do you know what the "States" means? What all is in the palette? What are the small icons next to the properties?
    • then stay tuned for preview release

Tuesday Nov 03, 2009

Page Not Found at NetBeans.org

I wanted to review some issues at netbeans.org web site. But I recieved following message :



Nothing unexpected obviously, the netbeans.org is being migrated. The migration started on Monday, November 2, at 5:00 PM CET/8:00 AM PST. Everything will be back on November 9.

What is going to happen during and after the migration?
  • All services (except hg.netbeans.org) will switch to read-only mode or become completely unavailable till 11/9
  • Bug tracking system, Mailing lists server, and the Wiki won't be available (or only in RO mode) during the migration
  • Accounts
    • You'll receive new password for the account in new infrastructure by email
    • If you used more accounts with the same email address then only the latest used account will be migrated (more details)
    • We will use same password for all services in netbeans.org after migration. It means, you will have just one password for web, mercurial and wiki
  • Mailing list changes
  • Bug tracking system
    • will be changed to bugzilla
    • there will be lot of changes in the RESOLUTIONS, STATUSES, KEYWORDS - see complete list
    • filling new bug will be easier because the list of projects will be shorter
    • table of all new components/subcomponents
    • all issues in RESOLVED/LATER were closed as WONTFIX in last days. If you don't agree reopen them after the migration. However most of these issues are low priority bugs that were out of the radar of the development anyway. Test in latest NB6.8 Beta if they are still valid, please.
  • More details in the FAQs mentioned in the previous post
What to do after migration
  • Login to https://www.netbeans.org/people/login with the password mentioned in the e-mail; then create your new password.
  • If you use Mercurial to check out the NetBeans sources, you must also change the password in your local hg netbeans repositories
  • Update your email client's filters for mailing lists because some mailing lists will have new names

Friday Oct 30, 2009

NetBeans migration

The netbeans.org site is going to be migrated into kenai.com infrastructure during next week

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.

Thursday Oct 22, 2009

Java ME SDK 3.0 on Mac? EA is here

Lot of the users were asking when the Java ME SDK will be available at the Mac. The time has come. Now. If you want to try the new release of the Java ME SDK for Mac then the Early Access is available for download.

As it is early access provide your feedback to the guys who developed it at their blog blogs.sun.com/javamesdk.

AFAIK, only the CLDC/MIDP devices are available for the Mac. And two devices with JavaFX support.
Note: the Java ME SDK for Mac won't be in NetBeans 6.8 as its final version won't be ready when the NB will ship.
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