Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

New GlassFish Integration Feature: XML Multiview editor for deployment descriptor editing

In my New GlassFish Integration Features screencast, I touched on this, but it went by very quickly.

In earlier releases of NetBeans, the vendor specific deployment descriptor was "managed" by leveraging JSR-88. Some of this management spilled into the editing experience for these descriptors. It was significantly different than the editing experience for the "standard descriptor".

Here is a screen shot of the XML multi-view descriptor editor for the ejb-jar.jar file.

The editor for the associated sun-ejb-jar.xml was radically different.

In the NetBeans 6.0 release, we finally bit the bullet and threw out most of the "management" aspects of JSR-88. This has allowed us to create an editing experience for the sun-ejb-jar.xml file that is similar to the experience for the standard, ejb-jar.xml editor.

This screen shot is from the same project as the previous image, but shows the editor from NetBeans 6.0.

Follow this link to a search for all of my entries about new GlassFish integration features for NetBeans 6.0.

Tuesday Jan 30, 2007

IE 6 caching may slow save-and-reload developers

Lots of people love the 'save and reload' style of development that NetBeans gives you while doing JSP development. I know that I do.

Then I ran into a bug report claiming that it did not work.

Since I use the capability fairly regularly, I was a bit puzzled. So, I sat down with the person that filed the bug to see what we could find.

It appears to be a problem with IE 6's default values for properties associated with caching. One of the properties in the Settings for the caching is titled; Check for newer versions of stored pages. The default value for this property appears to be "Automatically". When we changed the value of this property to "Every visit to the page" things started to work properly again.

If you are having problems with doing 'save and reload' development and testing, you may want to double check the Settings of the Temporary Internet Files in IE's Internet Options.

Thursday Jan 11, 2007

All good things come to an end....

Many of you know that NetBeans 5.5 provides an excellent development environment for Java EE 5 code to deploy on the application servers based on the GlassFish Project codebase for V1 U1, like Sun Java System Application Server 9.0 Update 1 Patch 1.

Many of you have also been taking advantage of the happy accident that the plugin for V1 U1 was also capable of targeting V2 domains.

Slowly but surely, that happy accidental compatability has erroded away. NetBeans 5.5 users have lost the ability to use NetBeans 5.5 as a development environment for apps that they want to target to recent V2 builds.

But all is not lost. NetBeans 5.5.1 is the SLR to NetBeans 5.5's 300 SL. One of the release drivers for NetBeans 5.5.1 is support for application servers based on the GlassFish Project codebase for V2.

Very few changes are getting rolled into the NetBeans 5.5.1 codebase, so builds are functional and very stable. But, it could use more testing because the GF V2 codebase is still in motion.

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