NetBeans in 2006: A Year in Review
2006 was a productive year for NetBeans. It was a year of major
releases and debuts. NetBeans traveled around the world and picked up a few
new languages. Partnerships were formed; community involvement and
outreach expanded. A book was published and a birthday celebrated.
And amid all the activity, NetBeans acquired a new image. Join us
for a look back at highlights from a year of achievements.
Evangelist Roman Strobl launches the NetBeans
Podcasts. In the first episode, he talks about the
NetBeans ìLook and Feelî competition, using Matisse in NetBeans
Platform, and the upcoming NetBeans WorldTour.
ìThey are cool. They are witty. Spreading Java technology is
mission. NetBeans is their IDE.î
Ruth Kusterer introduces the world to
the animated quirks of the NetBeans
Bring on the Releases: NetBeans 5.0
The first group in a slate of releases scheduled for 2006 are made
available: the NetBeans IDE 5.0, NetBeans Platform 5.0, NetBeans
Mobility Pack 5.0 and NetBeans Profiler 5.0.
NetBeans IDE Blue J Edition
Sun Microsystems and the University of Kent collaborate to groom the
next generation of professinal developersóthey announce the NetBeans IDE/BlueJ Edition.
The new edition offers a seamless migration path for students
transitioning from educational tools to a full-featured, professional
IDE. The NetBeans IDE-BlueJ edition is later released in July.
NetBeans IDE 5.0 Localizations
The NetBeans 5.0 release becomes available in Simplified
Enterprise Development Tool Project Open-sourced
Sun Microsystem announces plans to open-source major elements of the Sun
Java Studio Enterprise as a project on NetBeans.org. The new project will be
released as the NetBeans Enterprise Pack.
NetBeans writers, evangelists and enthusiasts congregate online for the
first ever NetBeans
NetBeans Day & JavaOne in San Francisco
Day in San Francisco gets bigger and better as over 800 developers
squeeze into the halls of the Argent Hotel. NetBeans
experts provide demos of the 5.0 IDE and the 5.5 Beta version.
Day San Francisco also marks the completion of the 2005 NetBeans
World Tour which started in Beijing in September. Watch the recap!
NetBeans IDE Field
Guide, 2nd Edition
are in and the verdict for the second edition of the NetBeans
IDE Field Guide? ìÖhighly
recommended.î And readers and NetBeans fans agree. 400
copies are distributed at JavaOne, and the Field Guide still ranks near
the top of the bestsellersí
list at the conference.
They evangelize, blog, contribute code and bug fixes, build modules,
write articles, localize, and so much more. They are ìThe
Most Dedicated NetBeans Community Membersî. And the winners, as decided
by their fellow community members, are: Ramon Ramos (pictured), Wade
Chandler, David Strupl, and Tom Wheeler. They receive new Ultra 20
workstations and certificates signed by Java celebrities.
NetBeans launches the NetBeans
Magazineóa handy resource filled with information for beginning and
seasoned programmers. The first issue showcases a wide selection of IDE
and extension features, from desktop and web development to plug-in
module creation. A second issue is published in November.
NetBeans 5.5 Beta Released
The NetBeans IDE 5.5 Beta is made available. The release also includes
the Mobility Pack 5.5 Beta, Enterprise Pack 5.5 Early Access, and
NetBeans Profiler 5.5 Beta.
Another first for NetBeans: Itís NetBeans TV! In the pilot
episode, NetBeans Field Guide author Patrick Keegan sits down with
evangelist Roman Strobl to discuss the recently published second
edition and the IDE.
NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 1 Build
NetBeans announces the release of the first milestone build for
NetBeans IDE 6.0 and NetBeans Profiler 6.0. The build provides a fuller
set of features, more stabilization time for new features introduced in
the trunk, and more time for community feedback. More milestones
are released later in the year.
NetBeans Mobility Pack Open-sourced
NetBeans Mobility Pack
opens its code to the community.
NetBeans on Java Magazin Cover
Wie gut ist Dein Deutsch?
NetBeans makes the cover of the August issue of the German-language Java
The issue features interviews with NetBeans director
Jan Chalupa and evangelist Tim Boudreau.
NetBeans 5.0 Localization Continues
NetBeans 5.0 is released in two more languages: Russian and Korean,
adding to the versions of the IDE available in English, Japanese, and
Simplified Chinese. The Russian version is contributed solely by Maxym
Mykhalchuk, one of the founders of the NetBeans Translation
NetBeans WorldTour 2006 - 2007
14 cities (and growingÖ), and all the NetBeans you want.
The NetBeans WorldTour returns for a new season and the first stop is in Seattle, Washington. The WorldTour
organized around Sun Tech Days; NetBeans fans get the latest about
NetBeans and also about Sun Microsystems.
NetBeans Wins JDJ Editors' Choice Award
Editors at Java
Developer's Journal are asked to nominate three products that
have had a major impact on the Java community. Contributing Editor
Jason Bell writes of the NetBeans 5.0 IDE: "ÖI've now become a
NetBeans Turns Eight!
26, 1998, a start-up company in the Czech Republic launched
Developer 2.0, and the world, not to mention an American tech giant
called Sun Microsystems took notice. Java and the IDE world have not
been the same ever since.
NetBeans 5.5 and the Packs
NetBeans announces the release of NetBeans IDE 5.5. But the
new version of the IDE comes with extra features
in the form of five add-ons:
the Mobility Pack, Profiler, Enterprise Pack, C/C++ Pack (Beta 3)
and Visual Web Pack (Technology Preview).
The NetBeans.org website
gets a makeover. The cleaner and friendlier look allows users to easily
find and download code and releases, search for tutorials, NetBeans
news and all the info they need.
NetBeans Strategic Partner Program
We love to know what other companies are doing with NetBeans products.
Strategic Partner Program is launched to recognize companies that
add-ons for the NetBeans platform and recommending NetBeans to their
developer communities. Strategic partners include Amazon,
JBoss, Collabnet, Sprint
NetBeans User Group in Munich
The very first NetBeans
User Group (NUG) meeting is held in Munich, Germany. NetBeans
experts and NetBeans users gather to exchange knowledge and get
feedback about the IDE.
Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK) is open-sourced.
Wanted: NetBeans Dream Team
There are NetBeans users and then there are NETBEANS USERS. They blog
frequently about NetBeans,
write apps and plug-ins, answer questions on mailing lists, help with
localization, attend NetBeans events, suggest creative
ways to promote NetBeans, and much more. How difficult
would it be to find a group of users like these? Not very. The selected
members will be announced
in January 2007.
NetBeans 5.5 Multilingual Release
The push to make NetBeans a multi-language platform continues with
the release of the NetBeans
5.5 Multilingual in Japanese,
Simplified Chinese, and for the very first time, Brazilian Portuguese,
a version localized by the
Brazilian developer community.
NetBeans Visual Web
The NetBeans Visual
Pack and the NetBeans C/C++
Development Pack are released as add-ons to the NetBeans IDE.
Visual Web Pack allows users to rapidly and
visually build standards-based web applications, and the C/C++
Pack provides support for C/C++ project types.
New NetBeans Community Manager
Remember the guy at JavaOne walking around with a Brazilian flag
draped around his shoulders? We hire him. His Brazilian heritage is
only thing Bruno
Souza enjoys publicizing; he does equally well talking of his
passion for Java,
which he has done since 1995. He brings his evangelizing
talents to NetBeans as the new community manager.