NetBeans 5.0 CVS integration rocks!

Once again recently, I've found myself struggling with the idosyncracies of NetBeans 4.1, so I downloaded the most recent stable build of NB 5.0.

It seemlessly copied over my prefs and open projects from the 4.1 installation and I was ready to go. Good so far!!

What I then did was opened up a project I had started in NB4.1 and which I'd closed before committing to our CVS repository. I was no less than amazed to find that NB 5.0 automatically read the CVS config files and even highlighted those files which were (already) changed between my copy and the repository. Top marks and looking rather good too!!

I added some new code, modified a few more files, then selected "CVS->Commit" from the project's context menu and it popped up a window showing which files were new, which were updated and gave me space to enter a commit comment - all in nice colours. This is just great!

Clicking on the Commit button sent off the changes and we're done. This is such a massive improvement over the earlier dev release of NB 5.0 I tried and is even better than Eclipse's CVS integration, which was good, but not this good!

I think there's still a way to go before NB's (built-in) refactoring is any where near as good as Eclipse, but at last the team are making enough progress to have me in the camp which will start up NB in preference to Eclipse for general project work, and believe me: that's progress!

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