Where Have All the Daily Builds Gone...?

I wanted to get the latest daily build of NetBeans 6.0 to try the new editor features after the merge, but unfortunately there are no new daily builds yet (I can imagine release engineering guys must be quite busy with the 5.5 release which comes during next week!).

So if you want to try NetBeans 6 after merge of the new editor stuff you can try this build I just created from trunk. A lot of the modules in the IDE are deactivated because of the infrastructure changes and some features don't work yet and also don't be surprised if you get an exception or two ;) The list of new editing features is here.

My observations:
  • Code completion is faster. Yay!!!
  • Try to open any project you worked on before. The code is much more colorful (I wonder if it's not too much - it will need some time to get used to it).
  • The mark occurrences feature is very useful.
  • Try to select a piece of code with mouse and then invoke the hint. You can surround with many useful constructs.
  • Instant rename rocks! (try Ctrl-R on a variable)
  • Code completion finally isn't dumb and behaves according to the context you're in.
  • Unused imports and variables are very useful.
  • Everything is faster and seems to eat less memory... and I guess there still will be time for some performance optimizations, way to go!
  • There are some other long-awaited features in the menus such as "Go to file", "Problems window" and "Inheritence outline" which don't seem to work yet, but it's good to see these are in the plan.
Kudos to NetBeans developers... now when this is released noone can complain that NetBeans has a clumsy editor anymore... I can't wait for NetBeans 6.0 to go final. I also look forward to the features which will beat other IDE's editors (such as integration with Jackpot to create custom refactorings, etc.).

Yes, finally code completion does not show up at a glacial pace! OK, looking forward to M5 to see this in an official build.

Posted by Jacek on říjen 27, 2006 at 10:33 dop. CEST #

Pprun, the download works... is your connection ok? I have tried it and can download it. Yes, we will rename Q-Builds to Milestones in the download area.

Posted by Roumen on říjen 27, 2006 at 11:22 dop. CEST #

Hmm, there is a continous integration available at deadlock.nbextras.org/hudson... Look out for trunk builds - I hope they do not shut it down if too many people download the builds.. I got mine there - really amazing what a good editor can do for you, but I am still trying to port my modules to the new infrastructure ;-)

Posted by Sven Reimers on říjen 27, 2006 at 12:03 odp. CEST #

Specifically the latest dev build is generally available from:

Posted by Jesse Glick on říjen 27, 2006 at 04:55 odp. CEST #

well I find netbeans 6.0 much slower. Starting an application (or start debugging) with ant is much slower. When starting ant seems to think (i don't now what it does (dependecy check?)) a very long time. I hope this will not be the case in the final build. Kees.

Posted by guest on říjen 27, 2006 at 06:06 odp. CEST #

I hate to sound like a critic, but I think Netbeans 6.0 has started stealing 5.5's thunder. Shouldnt the new features of 6.0 be advertised after 5.5 hits the road? (or Maybe that is too Microsoftish),

Posted by Rohan Ranade on říjen 28, 2006 at 01:06 dop. CEST #

I'm quite exited to hear about the memory improvements. Do you have numbers, and does it also apply to the xml editor?
Hi Sven,
is there a guide for porting the modules?

Posted by Anton Epple on říjen 28, 2006 at 09:52 dop. CEST #

Guys, note that this is a really work-in-progress build, so things will change for 6.0 quite a lot. As for stealing the thunder, I think you're right Rohan, but I couldn't wait with talking about it, because all these features are very cool and a lot of people are waiting for them.

Posted by Roumen on říjen 29, 2006 at 02:52 dop. CEST #

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