Thursday Jul 03, 2008

NetCAT 6.5 - invitation to the program

This message shouldn't be missed by those that would like to influence the NetBeans 6.5 release quality. It was sent to nbusers mailing list
Hello folks,

  NetBeans IDE 6.5 is approaching its stabilization phase and we are glad to extend to you an opportunity to participate in our 2 months NetBeans 6.5 Community Acceptance Testing (NetCAT) program [1].

  With NetBeans 6.5, we have incorporated many features requested by the community. Just to listen the biggest and most noticeable ones:

  \* Scripting languages support (PHP, Ruby, Groovy, JavaScript)
  \* Enhanced DB tooling and improved integration with MySQL
  \* Background compilation, new Generic Language Framework APIs
  \* Support for custom project structures
  \* New UML drawing area control
  \* and much more...

  Now we need your help. If you have an experience with NetBeans and want to contribute some time and effort, go for it and register [2] now! We are looking for 60 dedicated users willing to help NetBeans 6.5 become the best IDE. Applications are being accepted until next Monday - July 7, 2008.

  Each participant committed to providing timely feedback during this program will be given a chance to significantly influence the quality of the NetBeans 6.5 release. Besides, there are some gifts prepared for all helpful members.

Ready to contribute? We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Jiri Kovalsky
NetCAT 6.5 coordinator

[1] http://qa.netbeans.org/processes/cat/65/index.html
[2] http://qa.netbeans.org/processes/cat/65/application.html 

Monday Aug 27, 2007

NetCaT 6.0 : Do you wanna t-shirt for "free"

I should be honest to you. The t-shirt isn't for free. You have to do something. You have to try new NetBeans 6.0 and be active NetCATer (see below what it means). For those who are familiar with the NetCAT program can skip following section.

What is NetCAT program?
NetCAT means "NetBeans IDE Community Acceptance Testing program". A selected group of users will provide feedback, report issues and communicate about the NetBeans IDE problems and advantages. They will be treated as "VIP" customers. You can read more on NetCAT 6.0 official pages.

How to apply for this program
Hurry up! The subscription form has been opened. It will be closed on Wednesday 29th August. Only 60 applicants will be selected (plus 30 substitutes) for the program.
How many point do I need to get t-shirt?
You need more than 40 points to get special edition t-shirt and pen. You can get even more...
NetCATers earn point for these activities. Well, when you are not-active then you can be substitute with a new member.
Activity type CAT points
Email 1
RFE 2
Bug 4
CA survey 10
Other surveys 5
Docs review 5

Links

UPDATE: Jirka Kovalsky sent me preview of the new t-shirt.
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