Celebrating 10 Years of NetBeans!

Since 1998, NetBeans has grown from a student project into an award winning Open Source project, IDE and application platform. With millions of downloads a year worldwide, the NetBeans community boasts an active and diverse following of software developers, students, instructors and partner companies. To celebrate the 10th milestone, we dedicated a (October 20-27) to showcase some of the key initiatives and thank the many dedicated individuals whose contributions have kept the NetBeans momentum going strong.

The NetBeans 10th Birthday Decathlon!

NetBeans is 10! Enter the Decathlon!
Celebrate the NetBeans spirit with the NetBeans Decathlon! Ten interactive tasks for the NetBeans community to show and share what the NetBeans Project means to them. Collect points for each completed task for a chance to win a cool limited edition NetBeans T-shirt! Join...

Closing Words: Jonathan Schwartz on NetBeans and 10 Years of Software Development

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To bring the NetBeans 10th birthday celebration to a close, we have a special interview with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz. He talks about why developers are important to Sun, looks back on how software development has changed over the last 10 years, and why NetBeans matters to Sun and the industry. And it turns out NetBeans and Jonathan have something in common...! Watch...

Final Acknowledgments

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It's been ten amazing years for NetBeans—from student project to budding start-up to renowned open source project. Meet some of the outstanding people who have helped along the way. Read...

The APIFest 08 Game

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As part of NetBeans 10th Birthday Celebration and to promote his latest book, The API Book, NetBeans founder Jarda Tulach organized a contest to help improve users' API design skills. Read...

NetBeans Evangelists Look Back

NetBeans Evangelists!
As their name implies, the NetBeans Evangelists deliver the "message" of NetBeans. They travel far and wide to conferences, user groups and institutions to demo our IDE and Platform and encourage adoption, and along the way have collected many memorable stories about life on the road as advocates of the NetBeans Project. One word to describe their part in the turnaround of the developer community's awareness of the NetBeans IDE? Priceless! Read...

A Birthday Video Greeting from Brazil

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The NetBeans Project has a huge following in Brazil. Former NetBeans Community Manager Bruno Souza and a handful of NetBeans fans gather together at a local restaurant to give NetBeans a hearty 10th birthday greeting Brazilian style! Watch...

NetBeans Literature

NetBeans Books
Have you picked up any good books lately? As the NetBeans IDE and Platform have evolved and become popular so has the number of books about developing with them. This is a trend we like, and one that would not be possible without the hard work and enthusiasm of the authors, themselves avid NetBeans users and supporters of the project. Thanks to them, there is a NetBeans reference guide to match any number of development needs—from beginner to expert, JavaEE or RCP. View our collection of recent and past publications, and do consider adding a book to your library! Browse...

NetBeans Community Acceptance Testing Program (NetCAT)

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Since its inception in 2004, NetCAT has established itself as a reliable avenue for testing the quality of NetBeans releases, and has thus gained respect from NetBeans Engineers and the NetBeans Community alike. The cool cats of this program have our thanks for their contribution in helping to send out a stable NetBeans IDE year after year! Read...

It's a Bean, It's a Cube... It's the NetBeans Logo!

Historic NetBeans logos
Did you know that the NetBeans logo was almost a bean? See the first hand-drawn drafts of the NetBeans logo, and how it evolved over time to become the cube we all know and love. Read...

The Many Faces of the NetBeans UI

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Do you recall what the Forte screen looked like? The NetBeans user interface has changed over time. Have a look at our collection of historic screenshots. And yes, it dates back to Forte... Read...

NetBeans Community Docs

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The Community Docs team wants to recognize the members that contributed to our database of tips and tricks, screencasts, and expert tutorials. Read...

From Prague with Love - NetBeans 10th Birthday Greetings

Birthday Greetings from the NetBeans Team in Prague
Birthday greetings and reflections from the NetBeans team in Prague, Czech Republic. This is where it all started! Watch...

NetBeans Localization Project

NetBeans Localization Project
If you develop with the NetBeans IDE in Japanese or German; browse our website in Indonesian or Albanian; read the NetBeans Weekly newsletter in French or Brazilian Portuguese, there's one group to thank—the NetBeans Localization team! This community-driven team of translators has done an invaluable job of making the NetBeans Project, in its many forms, available to non-English speaking developers worldwide. For their great work, we say: Dekujeme, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Arigato ...! Read...

A Video Greeting from James Gosling

James Gosling Wishes NetBeans a Happy 10th!
What better way to kick off our 10th birthday bash than with a retrospective and birthday greeting from the Godfather of Java, James Gosling! Watch...

NetBeans Dream Team

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Over the years, the NetBeans IDE has won awards and received positive reviews from the industry, but our best endorsements still come from within the NetBeans community, from developers who use our tool almost exclusively and encourage adoption among other developers. The NetBeans Dream Team is a group of super users who do just that and more. We are proud to acknowledge their commitment to the NetBeans project. Read...

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