Back In Business

I just got back from a really nice week in Prague. I got to see some demos of upcoming NetBeans features. Unbelievably cool. The form editor has a new design mode which is just going to, well, kick ass. No more gridbag, dude. The new mobile stuff is also fantastic. NetBeans is really getting fabulous.

What's the deal with airports and power sockets? I really wanted to connect my laptop while waiting for my next flight (and the battery was flat) yet I couldn't find a place to plug in anywhere in Frankfurt airport. I had the same experience last year at Heathrow. That time I finally found one in the middle of nowhere, but as soon as I had gotten comfortable security came by and told me to leave because there's some kind of "danger" with having people connect their own hardware to the airport power net. In Frankfurt I walked around for 45 minutes before locating a place to plug in -- at the airport McDonalds. So I was lovin' it...

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It's the editor, stupid.

Sorry, I just hate seeing all this work going into superfluous features in Netbeans while the most critical, most used component (the java text editor) is allowed to fall far behind its competitors.

Just use IDEA for a week and you'll see what I mean. For example, having Ctrl-X cut a line when there is no text selection. It is a simple but massively useful feature. Or a key like Ctrl-W that progressively selects higher level nodes on the parse tree (e.g. variable, then expression, then line, then block, etc.). Or intentions that fix errors in your code with a single keystroke (all of them the same keystroke -- Alt-Enter) like forgetting to do a cast or changing the type of a parameter to match a method invocation.

Yes the new windowing system is wonderful and I'm sure the new GUI designer will be a delight. But how much time do people really spend designing GUIs compared to the time they spend on the text editor?

Posted by Anon on November 21, 2004 at 06:53 PM PST #

Agreed, the editor is the key and it will get better. Try ALT-SHIFT-S for parse-tree selection (equivalent of CTRL-W) in NetBeans 4.0 (currently in RC stage). And thanks for suggestions, Pavel

Posted by Pavel Suk on November 24, 2004 at 01:02 AM PST #

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