New Code Completion - Flash Demo

I made another live demo - this time it's about new code completion which is currently being developed in NetBeans 4.2. It's in experimental state so it's not in the daily builds yet. I've blogged about the improvements before.

The demo contains some of the highlights of new features. To play it you need a flash plug-in. It includes my speech - make sure to turn on your speakers:

Click to open the flash demo!

I need your feedback. Is my English well understandable? Should I slow down or make pauses between individual parts? Or it is ok and slowing down would mean loosing some of the dynamics? Any other suggestions? Write me your comments so that I can improve my demoing skills :-) Thanks.

Keep up the good work promoting netbeans in your blog... The new code complication seems quick... awesome Hey, do you all have a plan to improve the cvs integration to be comparable or better than eclipse's in 4.2. Have you ever seen it? They have a window where changes can be compared before they are submitted... it rocks.. I would really like something of that nature in netbeans...

Posted by guest on duben 29, 2005 at 07:01 odp. CEST #

Your english was understandable.. You spoke at a good pace.. It sounded like a normal conversation. keep up the good work

Posted by guest on duben 29, 2005 at 07:03 odp. CEST #

Very good demo. Your english was good, and easy to understand. I also want to say that I read all of your blog: it is now on My Yahoo! home page to see your new blogs as they are posted. Good work and thank you for sharing those new upcoming features!

Posted by Hugues on duben 29, 2005 at 07:38 odp. CEST #

Excellent demo! Keep them coming!

No issues with your Enghish or presenting style whatsoever.

Java2D Team

Posted by Dmitri Trembovetski on duben 29, 2005 at 08:33 odp. CEST #

Very good.
Longing for the 4.2 EA1, accompanied with more supplied refactor-function and others,
you known building from the ground is somewhat heavy work.

keep your great work.

Posted by pprun on duben 29, 2005 at 09:44 odp. CEST #

Good, thanks for feedback everyone ;-) About CVS - there will be a new CVS lite module which should be simplier to use. I got a link to the preview version in e-mail yesterday... will let you know - and will take a look at Eclipse, too.

We'll get more refactorings - if you'll help: we might get even more :-)

One of the hottest things will be form editor with natural layout. I've seen it and it is amazing, it's like if you were designing Swing forms with Corel Draw - I certainly want to make a demo of this if I'm allowed.

Posted by Roman Strobl on duben 29, 2005 at 10:50 odp. CEST #

Btw, I forgot to mention that the Alt-Space shortcut will be changed to something else. It was planned for invoking tooltip for parameters, but this shortuct is reserved in both Gnome and Windows.

Posted by Roman Strobl on duben 29, 2005 at 10:56 odp. CEST #

Nice to hear that!

The theme for 4.2 is more productivity and utmost Usability, right? Although the status now is even good.
Yes. I also forgot to mention the form editor,
the first advent was in an interview(which, I forgot too, when I first surly dived into netbeans) with Tim of XXX last year.

Posted by pprun on duben 30, 2005 at 12:10 dop. CEST #

I notice that there is a upcoming chat,about NetBeans 4.1, arranged on May 3, 2005, which is just in our vacation of the Labor Day.
Why not more considerate? Netbeans community is global.
I'll be definitely not online, so bad.

Posted by pprun on duben 30, 2005 at 01:46 dop. CEST #

Nobody complained about the date on mailling lists as far as I know (I may have missed something). Anyway in such cases it's hard to satisfy everyone. Look at: - section holidays. There's always something somewhere.

Posted by Roman Strobl on duben 30, 2005 at 02:07 dop. CEST #

Your demo is very nice and english is understandable, even for me, a non-english guy.
What I liked the most in your demo, it was not the code completion you showed, but the fact that we can know see at the right marging a red line indicating a compilation problem. I remember that was introduced sometimes ago in netbeans (it was Tim's module I think) but has been removed because it was not any more working with the code folding. I am happy to see it back.
I also like the square that appears with green or red color, indicating if my class can compile or not.

Just some question:

  • may I click on the red line to directly go to the problem ?

Posted by vbrabant on duben 30, 2005 at 03:48 dop. CEST #

The feature with the red line is called "error stripe". It is not part of the release yet, but you can download it from update center for both 4.1rc1 and 4.2 development builds.

Answer to your question, yes, you can click the red line to go directly to the problem. It also works with bookmarks, todos and warnings. Try it out and you'll see.

P.S. RC2 will be out very soon - with important debugger fixes.

Posted by Roman Strobl on duben 30, 2005 at 03:55 dop. CEST #

Very nice.
Don't change a thing and keep those coming!

Posted by Alexis MP on duben 30, 2005 at 05:26 dop. CEST #

Roman, You're seriously, seriously cool! Keep those demos coming. :) They _are_ making a difference!

Posted by vvs on květen 01, 2005 at 12:29 dop. CEST #

Awesome job, keep it up. What did you use to make the demo?

Posted by david on květen 02, 2005 at 01:01 odp. CEST #

Thanks, the demo was created with Wink. I also used Sound recorder and Audacity to record and mix sound. The synchronization of video and speech was done with Macromedia Flash.

Posted by Roman Strobl on květen 02, 2005 at 01:19 odp. CEST #

Could you add highlighted search to the error stripe? This would reduce the amount of scrolling required when using highlighting. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Dan on květen 03, 2005 at 08:38 dop. CEST #

It sounds like a good idea to me. Actually one other developers proposed this, too. Sent to the developer of error stripe, we'll see if this can be implemented easily.

Posted by Roman Strobl on květen 03, 2005 at 08:45 dop. CEST #

I even hope that the error stripe shold use different color for the declaration and reference of java elements highlight.(the declaration more deep color)
This would reduce the use-frequency of 'Go to Declaration' and 'Find usages' and be more advanced than the existing implementation of other IDEs.


Posted by pprun on květen 05, 2005 at 07:13 dop. CEST #

Hi, Great demo! Could I suggest the following: 1. To have Editor Schema Manager that allows developer to control the look and feels easily, similar to jEdit ( Editor Schema Plugin. 2. To have plugin to "beautify" XML file.

Posted by James Khoo on květen 14, 2005 at 11:39 odp. CEST #

Thanks for your suggestions, can you file them into Issuezilla as enhancements? Maybe some other people will like these ideas as well and will vote for them. Or somebody outside NetBeans could take the challenge and develop such features.

Posted by Roman Strobl on květen 15, 2005 at 03:30 dop. CEST #

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