In Prague

I'm in Prague this week, visiting the NetBeans team. NetBeans of course is the foundation Creator is built on top of. We're working closely together to make sure that we get everything we need, and to align work and vision such that we're heading in the same direction.

I've seen some of the new stuff coming in the next release of NetBeans - 4.2. It's documented in the this document, which is similar to the "New and Noteworthy" documents Eclipse publishes for their milestones. If you're wondering what "Q-Build" refers to in that document, a "Q-Build" is a "quality-build". It's a promoted build (roughly weekly) from the nightly builds, that has had some QA analysis applied to it and showstoppers fixed. There's a separate document for new and noteworthy features in the mobility pack.

...and of course, I saw some cool new stuff that hasn't been integrated (and therefore listed) yet!

Prague is a beautiful city. I have been here many times before (I think this is my eighth trip) but it never ceases to impress. I haven't done any sightseeing on the last trips so I think I'll go back and visit the castle if I get some time Friday morning. The best way to get around is to use the underground. The metro runs deep below the ground, so to get down to the tracks they have these really really long escalataors -- see the picture on the right (and note that it continues up above the lighting fixture). On my first trips here I was amazed at how fast the escalators were running! They don't seem as fast anymore and I was just told yesterday they have deliberately tuned back the speed...


[Trackback] The pages about what's coming in next NetBeans release are online finally - I miss a little bit info about mobility on that pages but we will have to negotiate about it and include mob...

Posted by Lukas Hasik's Weblog on August 17, 2005 at 12:18 AM PDT #

Hei Tor -

Nice photos. I can recommend the castle, having made it up there when I visited Prague earlier this year (see my blog for April 15th...). There's plenty to photograph up there.

If possible, see if you can get there for the guard-changing ceremony - when I was there, there was a band and everything. The march even had a bit of a 'swing' to it!

Have fun...

Posted by Robin Wilton on August 17, 2005 at 12:19 AM PDT #

Well the reason why we had to slow down the escalators were the rules of European Union. It's a pity that they're not so fast anymore but at least we don't have so many injured retirees.

Posted by Roumen on August 17, 2005 at 12:47 AM PDT #

I guess I can understand that. My daughter (when she was 2 years old) got a part of her dress stuck in an escalator, and the dress got shredded!

Posted by Tor Norbye on August 17, 2005 at 01:05 AM PDT #

In China,there is a pop song names Piazza Prague:)...

Posted by carson on August 17, 2005 at 01:56 AM PDT #

Wow, Prague?, Shanghai, Paris? You sure get to do a lot of travelling to interesting places as a developer. The last trip I got to take out of the office was up to JavaOne in S.F. and that was only an 80 mile drive away. I was wondering what machine you do your development on. I read in your blog that you used the Ultra 20 at the show and thought it was fast. What do you use at work? at home? I'm thinking about getting an Ultra 20. Do you think it is practical to use at home?

Posted by Richard Yee on August 17, 2005 at 02:40 AM PDT #

Has anybody ever been to China? Has anybody ever been to China ever been to Hangzhou?

Posted by Carson on August 17, 2005 at 01:23 PM PDT #

Wow, several threads to respond to...

Richard: Yes, I sure am lucky to get to travel so much - especially to places where I not only get to talk to developers but also interesting places to visit!

Regarding which machine I do development on: The Ultra 20 that I used during JavaOne is a brand new machine, and my own hasn't arrived yet (should be any day now - customers get first dibs you know). I currently use a Sun dual Opteron desktop machine, W2100z:

I have an Apple powerbook that I use as a laptop when I'm on the road and when I commute to work or go in to the office.

I do nearly all my work at home so I definitely think these are practical home machines - but note that they are not particularly quiet, in case you're intending to use it in say the living room as opposed to a dedicated home office. (I have one in my garage!)

Carson: yes, I've been to China - Beijing last April, then Shanghai in February, but never Hangzhou. I really enjoyed China and hope I'll get more opportunities to go there in the future.

Posted by Tor Norbye on August 18, 2005 at 12:25 AM PDT #

If you went to Hangzhou and have some free time, you can mail me before you arrived. Maybe I could show you how to enjoy the beautiful scene around the west lake.It's so beautiful! Here is a website introducing the west lake with some photographs:

Posted by Carson on August 18, 2005 at 01:50 AM PDT #

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