Thursday Nov 27, 2008

NetBeans IDE 6.5 release

The much awaited NetBeans IDE 6.5 release finally was launched before the whole world on the 20th November, 2008. I was on top of the world this day as I had been waiting for it since a very long time. I was using NetBeans 6.5 Beta version for one of my projects and I loved it from the first day itself.
Now let me tell you about the new features in NetBeans 6.5 :

\* PHP support with code completion, Xdebug and web service features.
\* JavaFX 1.1 supports animation, graphics and media codecs for rich content application development for desktop and mobile devices.
\* New Support for Groovy and Grails.
\* Improved JavaScript, AJAX and Ruby support.
\* Automatic Compile and Deploy on Save for Java and Java EE applications.
\* Improved database support: SQL history, SQL completion, and results viewing and editing improvements.
\* Improved Java ME support for Data Binding, SVG and Custom Component creation.
\* GUI Builder: Support for Nimbus and simple class names.
\* JUnit: single test method support.
\* Debugger: Redesign of Step into feature.

Isn't it super cool??
What are you waiting for then? Download it here.....

Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

NetBeans 6.1, me and my sister who hated programming once upon a time!!!!!!

My sister Harshita studying in Class 11th, who is an excellent student with a very sharp mind (unlike me :P), has taken an extreme dislike for computers (unlike me again) thanks to her dull teacher at school plus her biggest complain was that she hated the typical blue Turbo C++ compiler with the various over coloured characters in all weird combinations....
As an over-enthusiastic evangelist that I am :P , I sent her a NetBeans CD along with Cygwin and asked her to install it on our home PC. Abhishek offered to help us out with it too over a telephonic conference call... It was a painful process and it took us ages over the phone (since I study in Manipal which is around three thousand kilometres from my home), installing Java first, followed by setting the path, variable etc etc as she was completely unaware of all these stuff.
Finally when she had successfully installed NetBeans 6.1 on the computer, we asked her to type a simple "Hello World" program although she was extremely reluctant at first. But after she saw the text editor area where all she had to do was start writing the code, not even write 'void main' and the thing which pleased her most was that as sson as she typed the opening double quotes symbol, the counter part i.e the closing double quotes came automatically!!!...I could hear her chuckling with happiness over the phone and she was "Man!!! I love this software!!!!" and she said she would practice all her C++ programs on it from now onwards.... She also told later on that she was having a great time programing and now she was actually enjoying something which she kind of hated a few days back....!!!!! :D
Everyone at home is extremely pleased at her newly grown interest in Computers and coding and hoping that, she will be upto some good with it in future.....
She also bragged about it to her friends at school who were extremely jealous of her knowledge of a cool software, so she claims. I have promised her to give a telephonic demo to all of them sometime and also give them NetBeans Cds so that they all can also benefit from its numerous features and make the process of coding in the same boring, cliched compiler, extremely interesting and alot of fun!!!!!.......... :P
Thank you NetBeans!!!!!
And also  wish you MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY!!!!!! :D
Way to go!!!!.....Rise And Shine!!!!! ....... HAPPY 10 !!!!!!!!!
Cheers to the Open Spirit!!!!!!................

Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

Love at First Boot and SFD festivities at Manipal........ :D

The very first time I heard about Software Freedom Day was by Gary during our induction program in Bangalore. Ever since then I was all excited and had started planning things for it to involve as many students as possible and make them a part of what I think is the revolutionary “Open Source Revolution”.... I am emphasizing on the word revolutionary a lot because I feel its certainly like a tide of new technology which will overturn the existing one and in a big, big, big way!!!. The bubble is growing and growing every day, every moment, every second.....
Anyways in my dreams of evangelizing Open source like never before, I completely forgot to take into account, the monthly exams which we have in our college whose dates coincided with SFD and all my dreams came crashing down like a sand castle..... But then I thought why should I not do it a week ahead and again with a new ray of hope, I called up Rajesh and Ganesh who gave me a thumbs up to go on...Then another miracle happened, while I was talking to Rajesh one day over the phone, Abhishek seemed to be around and I asked him if he would like to come to our college and give a lecture. The extremely enthusiastic and passionate Abhishek at once said that he would check out his project plan and let me know. So in a couple of days, I got a mail from him that he would be ready to come here at a cost that I would have to introduce him to all my beautiful female friends and juniors. Just kidding Uncle!!!... :D
Then began the usual work of getting posters designed,printed, putting them up, setting up info
desks at strategic places all across the campus, we ( my volunteers and me) managed to get a huge registration list, so much so that we stopped registrations and announced that seats will be on a first come first serve basis only....
Finally on a lazy Saturday afternoon, with our Lecture hall completely full i.e. With 200 participants (about which I was a bit sceptic as Saturdays in Manipal are synonymous to sleeping and partying only), we began with a talk on “Open Source technologies and You” where participants had a gala time and were laughing their heads off with Abhishek's interesting anecdotes. Then we did a hands on and demo session on NetBeans where we installed NetBeans on each and everyone's laptops and then followed it up with some simple programs which everyone would follow...Thus the first day of the two-day SFD celebration got over with the hall full to its brim till the last minute.....
The next day again we all met at the same venue and in the first half we did Open Solaris installations in VirtualBox in everyone's laptops, and it was such an overwhelming scene. I had tears in my eyes looking at the familiar dark blue Open Solaris desktops of about 215 laptops all at once.....
After lunch, we had a PHP and MySQL demo session where Abhishek told us about the basics of Internet, HTTP and then took us through an interesting journey of creating cool websites using the deadly duo PHP and MySQL. After that, Abhishek did the most comical intonation of “SHIFT HAPPENS!!!” and everyone present there was rolling with laughter. Then we ended the program with “Three cheers for SFD” and an extremely generous and warm round of applause for the king of the show i.e. Our UNCLE............
Never before did the MIT junta enjoy a technical seminar so much, this was evident in the fact that not one person in the whole audience wrote a single negative comment about anything in the feedback sheets we distributed at the end of the event, instead showed a lot of positive interest in Open Source technologies and said that they were willing to know more about them in detail, in future....
I would rate the event as 10/10 and I would give all the credit to Abhishek for his sheer excellence in the way he interacts with the crowd, keeps them hooked and interested and makes all of them fall in love with him literally( a few girls actually left their phone numbers on the feedback sheets for him, not that he was complaining!!! and a couple of guys too....lolz...... :D).....Thank You Uncle for all the pains you took to make this event an out and out success.......
I would like to heartily thank Gary for infusing the spirit of Software Freedom Day in us, giving us useful tips and suggestions all the time and personally dealing with all our little problems...
I would also like to thank Ganesh and Rajesh for being so supportive and encouraging at all times and being there, only a phone call or email away.....
I hope as a CA, I will be able to contribute in my little way in making the Open Source revolution bubble big till it encompasses every student living under the SUN (no puns intended!!!!) ...... Cheers!!!!!!! :P



Vasudha Amrit


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