F9 (Compile) for NetBeans Missing
By Weijun on Aug 04, 2008
One thing that confuses me is that F9 seems does not work for individual files in a Java project anymore. Pressing F9 has no impact, the edited Java file still shows an asterisk sign in the editor pane header, still dirty, not even saved. Looking at the right mouse menu of the file, and the compile item is grayed not completely.
Strange, isn't it? Then I suddenly realized this might be because of the newly introduced compile-on-save feature. I try to add some runtime error into my Java file and save it. Run, failed! So my guess is correct.
Anyway, I'm still a little uneasy with this feature. When I save the file, if there's any compile-time error, how can I know the compilation failed? I may not have noticed the red lines or the red exclamation mark on the file node. And worse, the output pane does not popped up showing the compilation error info. (Yes, I normally hide it. Off topic, people invent more and more wide screens, why not higher?)
There should be a more friendly way here, right?