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NetBeans 6.7 is available for download. NetBeans team decided to release more often to provide developers with new features sooner than later. This new release model ensure that as soon as a set of certain features are developed and stabilized can be accessed by developers to develop faster, easier and with more confidence over availability of support for latest standards and frameworks. NetBeans...
on Jun 29, 2009
A few people know that since I was 11 I've been writing and recording music. I recently created a ReverbNation profile to share some of it. Of course, I can't resist prefacing a song with a bit about what it's about and how it got written. So I'll embed the player in this blog and tell a story or two. It's a hard thing, to decide what to say about a song or any work of art you've created -...
on Jun 24, 2009
Over the years, a few people have come across and used a bit of code I wrote for Imagine. You basically have the problem that Java image data is stored on the heap as giant byte[] arrays and you quickly run out of memory. One of the JDK team guys assured me about two years ago that with JDK 7 this would no longer be a problem - but I got no sense that he either understood what the problem was,...
on May 31, 2009
One of the first games I ever wrote, circa 1982, was a version of Pong for the TRS-80. Yes, pong - with the two paddles and bouncing ball. Now there's a NetBeans plugin! I had a pong game when I was in about 3rd grade. It plugged into the black and white TV in the kitchen, had two paddles and one switch for ball speed. The real fun was when the cat would stand up with her paws on the bottom...
on May 31, 2009
I'm going to JavaOne next week - doing a talk I'd love you to come to as part of Java University at 6PM this coming Monday (I mistakenly originally posted Sunday) night. I'm gathering a bunch of NetBeans core developers, dream team members who build apps on NetBeans and all and sundry to come demo the things they love about NetBeans and give the audience a chance to talk with the people who...
on May 26, 2009
Ohloh is a neat service. It does some basic statistical analysis of open source projects, and tries to come up with useful information. But it sure comes up with some wacky statistics. Take, for example, the Wizard project. Now, this is something that I initially whipped up in two afternoons in September '05. It's a small library - it's attracted six contributors since then, who've all made...
on May 26, 2009
I've spent the last few months collaborating with the Java Card team to create Java Card plugins for NetBeans. It's not released yet, but here are some screen shots to whet your appetite. Java Card is an interesting platform to work with - a JVM that runs on smart cards and tiny devices that fit in the palm of your hand. As of Java Card 3.0, it comes in two flavors: Classic—this is the...
on May 10, 2009
Every now and then I get tempted to do this: public abstract class AbstractType {    protected AbstractType() {        if (getClass().getSuperclass() != AbstractType.class) {            throw new AbuseOfInheritanceError();        }    }} I'...
on May 1, 2009
While I'm on my plugin-writing rampage, I just committed a plugin I was working on a few years ago to NetBeans source base. It's a fisheye view of the editor. Just drag the mouse in the error marker bar on the left of the editor, and get an overview of your whole file and rapidly navigate it! A picture is worth a thousand words... The basic thinking is, if you're working in a source file...
on Apr 27, 2009
I just uploaded a bunch of modules I've been working on to the NetBeans Plugin Portal, and put their source code into NetBeans source repository. I'll also get them available in the daily build update center soon. Some of them are things I've had lying around for a while, some are new: VNC Client for NetBeans—This is a module that integrates the TightVNC Java VNC client (with much...
on Apr 26, 2009
By now you know that Oracle intends to purchase Sun. It's a welcome deal that will no doubt be approved by stockholders. It certainly has the board's approval. So let's assume that Oracle will own Sun by the end of summer. Now we can start asking some questions. Will Oracle embrace NetBeans? Like many open source projects, NetBeans gets a lot of support from corporate interest. In this case, it's...
on Apr 21, 2009
NetBeans IDE 6.7 Milestone 3 was recently released and is now available for download. Key features in the new release include: Project Kenai integration Maven availability PHP code coverage and Selenium support Enhanced output window, update center catalog, and search performance Export profiling data into CSV, HTML, and XML file formats Easy host setup for remote C/C++ development Enhanced...
on Apr 13, 2009
I've been trying to slowly introduce NetBeans to my colleagues for over a year. I think they'd actually use it in our current products and projects, but NetBeans won't make it easy for us. How's that you ask? It turns out that we have several projects named with spaces. For example, one project is Tag Server, and another is Agent Registry. Why spaces? Well, the original project was developed...
on Feb 18, 2009
I was chatting with a friend who works for RedHat today. You don't hear much about them anymore. Remember when RedHat Linux was all the rage? I've still got that self-congratulatory book with the black-and-white guy with the silly red fedora hat photoshop'd onto his head on the cover. For that matter, remember when Sun was all the rage? Maybe this is the same story... I remember trying out...
on Feb 8, 2009
This Tip Of The Day answers the following comment on my blog: How to Configure a MySql database to be able to connect Netbeans6.5.? I've tried using mysql Server 6 many times, but it fails.<br>Please, let me know how to fix that problem. Download MySQL 6.0 from here. Install and start MySQL 6.0 on Mac OSX using the clearly written installation instructions. Basically the download is...
on Jan 7, 2009
Nov 15, 2008 I began a blog series on my learnings of NetBeans API’s, interacting with experienced folks on the mailing lists and browsing through NetBeans sources, that might help me (possibly others as well) "Create a New Project Type" in NetBeans IDE. Dec 16, 2008 One month later, I could find some time to document my further learnings, by blogging about "Adding Category and Projects". This...
on Dec 21, 2008
Sun Microsystems and ICESoft put a joined effort to back one single JSF component suite. It looks like that Sun realised that re-use and cooperation is another key of a successful business so they are trying to spent less resources on things that are already available in the community by providing some level of support and funding instead of starting the same suite from the scratch. Sun abandoned...
on Dec 19, 2008
I just saw that the heavyweight/lightweight mixing problem in Swing is fixed and will be part of 6.0u12. I'm very happy to see this, at long last. Finally, embedded JDIC browsers (even in NetBeans), 3D content, etc. can be added to a JComponent without z-order problems. Of course, JWebPane will make JDIC basically obsolete anyway, but what the heck.
on Dec 11, 2008
You might want to go directly over the the JavaFX website to download the JavaFX SDK, but if you work in NetBeans 6.5 you don't have to bother. JavaFX 1.0 is available to NetBeans 6.5 users with only a few mouse clicks. Seriously, only a few mouse clicks will get the JavaFX SDK plugin for you and integrate it directly into your NetBeans 6.5 IDE. Here's how: Select Tools->Plugins from your...
on Dec 4, 2008
Several months ago, I submitted a bug against NetBeans 6.1. Sure, I expected someone to see the bug, but I didn't expect the real and substantial interactions that followed. After logging the bug, I received an email thanking me for my submission. A couple days later, when a NetBeans engineer was able to evaluate the problem, I received another email...this time with comments and even questions...
on Nov 26, 2008