This Saturday Paris and Panos from Hellenic JUG organized a Java day with many different great sessions about code quality, concurrency, clustering (Teracotta), Spring and OSGi, Glassfish - and NetBeans (delivered by me). Paris has a nice writeup in his blog including pictures.
I delivered a session about NetBeans 6 with many demos. A big surprise for me was when I asked about the number of attendees that use NetBeans - about 1/2 of the attendees raised their hand. Honestly, it doesn't usually happen that so many hands go up! The adoption of NetBeans has clearly been growing in last years, it was great to see that NetBeans is so popular in Greece.
As usual, I'd like to share some answers on questions asked during and after the event:
Q: When will NetBeans support Freemarker?
A: Geertjan has a series of blog entries about Freemarker. Don't forget that NetBeans is an opensource project so we always encourage to contribute - if you find that NetBeans doesn't support your favorite framework, it may be a good opportunity to help yourself and others out by writing a plug-in!
Q: Is there any support for JOGL in NetBeans?
A: Michael Bien released NetBeans OpenGL pack recently which is worth checking out.
Q: Are there any plans to support jMaki in Visual Web designer?
A: I know the effort was started but I am not sure about the current status (if anyone has an update on this please add your comment).
Q: I used to use Forte many years ago but then I switched to Eclipse because J2EE support was commercial. How is it with NetBeans and J2EE, is it still commercial?
A: Absolutely not. Everything we do with NetBeans is free and open source. NetBeans has great J2EE 1.4 and Java EE 5 support and will have first class Java EE 6 support together with Glassfish as one of the first IDEs (if not the very first one). So give NetBeans another try, many things have changed since the time of Forte for Java.
Q: When is NetBeans 6 going to be released?
A: The current plan is first week of December. We will try to release as soon as possible, but quality is more important than keeping exact release date.
I would also like to thank to the participant who helped me to fix my Matisse demo :)