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We are searching for all PHP NetBeans users who would like to help us with testing our new experimental build. Everyone is welcome but we would need a feedback especially from users who often have to switch from NetBeans to command line or any other external application (usually because of running some external tool for versioning, PHP framework etc.). All these external changes should be correctly propagated to NetBeans.
On the other hands, performance, especially on non-local disks, could be slightly worse, so if you have any PHP project with such sources, please, give it a try as well because we are really interested in your results.

So, if you would like to participate on this testing, download the build, start it with -J-Dorg.netbeans.modules.masterfs.REFRESH.level=0 so the useful information can be logged. By the end of August 2009 (the sooner the better), please send us your feedback together with the IDE log (send it directly to tomas (dot) mysik (at) sun (dot) com).

Detailed information can be found on a special wiki page dedicated to this experimental build.

Thanks a lot for your help and for your feedback!

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Comments ( 23 )
  • Clark Monday, August 24, 2009

    Actually this just happened to me last Friday, it might be helpful to add more to this post in describing the problem this fixes (I had to look at the wiki page). Is this built off the new 6.8 build or 6.7?

  • Tomas Mysik Monday, August 24, 2009

    To Clark:

    It's probably not necessary to duplicate all the information from the wiki page...

    The build is based on the current trunk, so 6.8 dev.

  • Douglas Javier Rodríguez Monday, August 24, 2009

    I want to help but the link dont work.

  • Tomas Mysik Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    To Douglas Javier Rodríguez:

    The link works for me. Can you try it once more? Thanks.

  • Stefan Tuesday, August 25, 2009


    is this build different compared to the nightly dev-builds?



  • Tomas Mysik Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    To Stefan:

    Yes, the difference is, as I wrote, in the external changes (_all_ changes should be recognized). In order to get this "difference" to dev build, we need to verify that this build is OK for you, our users.



  • Keith Davis Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    testing now, already got some sort of error, sent it in

  • Tomas Mysik Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    To Keith Davis:

    Thanks a lot, really!

  • optik Thursday, August 27, 2009

    What log file need to be send as testing result?


  • Tomas Mysik Thursday, August 27, 2009

    To optik:

    Yes, exactly. Thanks a lot!

  • Clark Thursday, August 27, 2009

    IT says there are updates. Should I update?

  • Clark Thursday, August 27, 2009

    I can't seem to use this build. Keep getting an out of memory exception: http://statistics.netbeans.org/analytics/exception.do?id=250733

  • Tomas Mysik Friday, August 28, 2009

    To Clark:

    Regarding update - perhaps better is not to update.

    Regarding OOME - problem in JavaScript support; could you try another project, please?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Tomas Mysik Friday, August 28, 2009

    To Clark:

    Would it be possible to get heapdump (located in <userdir>/var/log/heapdump.hprof)? It would be great, feel free to contact me directly, my email can be found in the blog post.


  • David Friday, August 28, 2009

    I wrote, in the external changes (_all_ changes should be recognized). In order to get this "difference" to dev build, we need to verify that this build is OK for you, our users.

  • ReynierPM Friday, August 28, 2009

    I have NetBeans 6.8 M1 and I tested in Windows XP since is out and haven't any problem. Now how can I start this new testing release? I downloaded the file and uncompress but doesn't find any executable or something else. Can any help me? I'm on Linux Ubuntu 9.04 now

  • Tomas Mysik Monday, August 31, 2009

    To ReynierPM:

    Use <netbeans>/bin/netbeans to start the IDE.



  • ReynierPM Monday, August 31, 2009

    Ok, I started the IDE as you suggested. Now, what's the logs that you need? The output at CMD in Windows or Console on Linux?


  • Tomas Mysik Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    To ReynierPM:

    Thanks for your interest but this testing already ended (it was by the end of August, as written in the blog post). But anyway, the log can be found in <userdir>/var/log/messages.log, feel free to send it to me (my email address is in the blog post as well). Thanks.

  • Donald Sunday, September 27, 2009

    NetBeans for PHP is the best IDE for PHP!

    I've been using Zend for years but have switched to NetBeans about month ago.

    It's great, congratulations NB PHP team!

    I've already suggested NetBeans to all my colleagues.

  • BT Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Just wanted to drop a line (this seemed as good a place as any) to express how great the NetBeans PHP IDE is. I switched from Eclipse PDT recently and this is SO much better in so many ways. Thanks for making such a great product!

  • Anton Danilchenko Friday, October 23, 2009

    I very pleased to help this project.

    I previously use ZendStudio 5.5 and 6. After this I use Eclipse PDT and very helped this project.

    After release PDT 2.0 I see many bugs and tell about it to bug tracker. But Eclipse community adds new features, but not fix critical bugs.

    And I start use NetBeans as alternative. I using it 2 months and very satisfied. Ide speedup start, fast and use little memory (in Eclipse I use 2 Gb, but now with NetBeans I use my new Netbook with 1Gb).

    Please, focusing on bug fixing, and after this adds new features. Do not repeat the mistakes of others.



  • m.hofrichter Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    I used to work with ultraedit later i switched to zend client and i also tried eclipse PDT and other ide's.

    I was very happy to see that its possible to force implementing method of abstract classes.

    Hopefully you will succeed in doing that for interfaces as well in the future.

    I like Netbeans best for PHP (and Java) great work and cheers to all netbeans people :).

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