Java EE “bulk update”: NetBeans 6.8, Glassfish V3, Java EE 6

“Get Tomorrow Today” is what, these days, one can read while visiting the NetBeans web site. Well. Indeed. Today, a major update of Suns Java (Enterprise) environment for development, deployment, runtime has been released: First of all, NetBeans IDE has bumped up its version number to 6.8, including (not too much of a surprise, I … Read moreJava EE “bulk update”: NetBeans 6.8, Glassfish V3, Java EE 6

eclipse+maven2: still a rough ride…

Once you get back to trying… After using NetBeans IDE for the past couple of years mainly (even though not only) for its excellent support of projects based upon the maven2 build tool, right now I am into developing an Eclipse RAP based user interface, thus using (obviously) Eclipse IDE for this purpose. As running two IDEs in parallel has some drawbacks (the code you need always is in “the other tool”), I wanted to figure out whether, by now, it makes sense to use Eclipse altogether exclusively just for this project, thus being back to maven2 tooling again. Oh well, let’s see…

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On community contributing documentation and the benefits of “intuitive use”

As some might know, I have been involved with the NetBeans Community Docs project for quite a while now. I have been using NetBeans IDE same way for quite a while, and I used to contribute a couple of documentation and articles on “interesting” topics to the NetBeans Community Docs project in the past. By now, however, I can’t help feeling the project slowly loosing momentum, I have a couple of vague ideas why it is this way, and even less ideas what to do about that…

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jvisualvm: analyzing NetBeans and beyond…

As I am usually doing day-to-day work using daily builds of the NetBeans IDE, then and now I happen to run into, let’s say, peculiar situations in which figuring out what actually happens is pretty difficult. My very special friend #162706 is one of these cases – the IDE just seems busy for quite a while without obvious reasons, and you’re not really sure whether there still is something goin’ on worth waiting for it to come to an end…

After more or less loosely following Geertjans blog I rather early found out about the jvisualvm tool that comes with recent versions of Sun JDK 6, but so far I haven’t really seen any use cases for it in my environment. However, at the very least now I have figured out that this is rather good a solution for tracking down weird NetBeans behaviour by providing more reliable information, i.e. thread dumps. And there’s even more…

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Sun, Oracle and the need for open source… [updated]

Times are changing it seems: Not that long ago we were wondering about whether or not IBM eventually would buy Sun Microsystems and, if so, what this could possibly mean to many of the pretty good Sun software products like the NetBeans IDE, the Glassfish Application Server or the mySQL database server. Oh well… and … Read moreSun, Oracle and the need for open source… [updated]

NetBeans, community and documentation: let’s drive it forth…

Well, I’m in for more (though voluntary) work soon: A while ago I have offered to act as Contribution Coordinator to the NetBeans Community Documentation program, and because (or, as I shall say now, despite) being pretty much into day-to-day work at the moment, I am about to get this started on April 1, 2009 … Read moreNetBeans, community and documentation: let’s drive it forth…

Columba: How to revive an open-source project?

Almost two years ago, maintainers of the Columba Mail mail client announced the end of their project due to obvious reasons (lack of time, being busy in “real life). Looking at some screenshots and the overall maturity of this (Java/Swing based) application, seeing this one being passed away that soon is rather sad – there’s … Read moreColumba: How to revive an open-source project?

NetBeans 6.7: still the only (maven2) IDE you’ll ever need…

Now that NetBeans 7.0 6.7 is just around the corner and comes with a set of interesting improvements, I wanted to take a few moments again reflecting what has eventually been most important to me in NetBeans IDE: Support for apache maven. Earlier I switched to NetBeans after being using Eclipse for quite a while because Maven2 tooling in Eclipse used to, well, leave a lot to be desired.

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Best operating system for Java Developers?

Phoronix has an interesting benchmark comparing Java on Ubuntu GNU/Linux 8.10 / OpenJDK, Ubuntu 8.10 / Sun JDK and Windows Vista /Sun JDK. The figures and numbers are quite impressive, and so is the conclusion: … Well, Java on Ubuntu was pretty much the hands-down winner compared to Microsoft Windows Vista Premium SP1. Running the … Read moreBest operating system for Java Developers?