Monday, October 30, 2006

NB 55 is out... and it is NB 55


Yesterday I blogged that after installing NB55 and all additional packs, I got an 5.5RC2 userdir. Today I uninstalled everything again, deleted all files, restarted my laptop and installed everything again. Now it works as expected and I get the 5.5 userdir.

Only thing that's left at the moment is enjoying working with it and starting anticipation on the 6.0 release :)


Sunday, October 29, 2006

NB 5.5 is out... Ooops, minor mistake... it seems RC2 again


I just downloaded all the downloads of the NB5.5 distribution, so that would be NB55 and all additional packs.
I then uninstalled all previous versions of NB, which were NB55 dev, RC1 and RC2 and the M3 release of NB6. Then all userdirs were removed from my system as well. So you can see I've got a clean NB environment. And on with the installation...
Everything worked fine and everything installed fine. Then it was time to start NB55. Finally it's been released. But surprise surprise, the /.netbeans doesn't show the 5.5 subdir, but the 5.5RC2 subdir. So is this the RC2 release all over again? I'm sure it's not, but it looks that way nonetheless.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

NetBeans 5.5 RC2 is out... just a few more nights.

It's been blogged about before, but they've released the second release candidate of NetBeans 5.5. For me it means that I can work with an even more stable version of NB55. I've got to say that it is very stable since a very long time. The only problems I now and then have is regarding SubVersion, but I'm not sure whether that is because of NetBeans, SubVersion or me. I can't reproduce the problems, and don't get a stacktrace. It's just that sometimes I have to move back to TortoiseSVN and fix things. Don't get me wrong, there is no harm done, I just have to leave my beloved IDE sometimes.

As you might know, I'm currenly working on J2ME stuff, and NetBeans is just the best in that area. NetBeans 5.5 has some major improvements in this area, most notably SVG support. The game we're currently working on uses TinySVG for our menu handling. Doing all the work ourselves using TinySVG and that looks great. But what I've seen sofar of the SVG support in NetBeans is excellent and promising. Now 55 just has be released and my fellow developers will switch as well. I'll keep you posted on how things progress.


Friday, October 13, 2006

NLJUG J-Fall 2006


Another developer's blog. Lasy Wednesday I went to J-Fall, the annual fall Java conference of the NLJUG (Dutch Java User Group).

It was an interesting day. A lot of interesting sessions, but unfortunately I was only able to attend the sessions in the afternoon. To start of with some negative remarks: It was way too hot during the sessions, which made me sleepy. Having said that, the sessions I attended were of a more than decent quality.
The afternoon keynote was all about Spring AOP or rather about AOP and how you can use AOP to have a better representation of your design in your code. Interesting stuff. In fact this was an eye opener for me, sofar I thought AOP was pretty much for adding log statements to your code automatically. Great stuff, although I think AOP won't be used on most of the projects I'll be involved in. I wonder when it will really catch on.
Another interesting session was about Seam, JBoss's glueware to tie a JSF frontend to an EJB backend. Apart from the session's topic, I learned about a great feature of NetBeans, namely to create a complete CRUD frontend based on an Entity in your backend. Now that is some great stuff I should have had on a project a few years ago. Well at that time I created something similar based on XDoclet.
I also attended a session about applying JSF when the frontend should run on a mobile devices, PDAs in this case. Although it was sort of a recap of last years J-Spring keynote on ADF faces, it was still interesting to hear about a real world project utilizing one of the promising features of JSF. Fairly well presented session also.
The last session I went to see was about Facelets and JSF. A relavant comment was given by the audience that hardly ever web-designers are working with their tools on the results of developers. XHTML containing Facelets in this case, although it was presented as one of the strong points of facelets. I think the audience was right and I wouldn't want web-designers to mess with my JSPs or XHTML. Have them either design a prototype of the GUI and let me reproduce it, or have them design it using CSS, which in fact I prefer. Interesting topic and Facelets is definitely something I would like to use soon. Hope NetBeans' Visual Web Pack will provide WYSIWYG Facelet support soon.

That's it for today, have a great day and enjoy what you're doing.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Joy after reading the good news...

Today I read the good news, NetBeans 5.5 is in its Release Candidate phase. And MobPack is included. Great news. Even better news is that the Visual Web Pack will be released with 5.5 although not in its final state.
But the best news is that we're getting into a phase where 5.5 is rather stable and I can start convincing people to move to the next version. Why this is such good news? Well I've been playing with the new SVG stuff and now my MIDlets are unusable by the guys I work with. And I have to admit that they're right in that I shouldn't use pre GA versions of tools when developing games that we're supposed to release soon.

Anyway, great to read about the progress in NB.