Release 3.3.x

This page is dedicated to the 3.3.x releases of NetBeans.

What is new

July/8 NetBeans 3.3.2 Released.
May/28 NetBeans 3.3.2 RC2
May/10 NetBeans 3.3.2 RC1
Apr/24 A list of issues to be fixed in the 3.3.2 release has been published.
Apr/17 Sun's Forte for Java team announces a plan on contributing fixes to 3.3.1 and packaging them into a 3.3.2 release.
Feb/1 The NetBeans IDE Version 3.3.1 is released. Read more.
Jan/25 The status update of NetBeans 3.3.1: Release Candidate 3 will be next week; Final Release postponed for a week.
Jan/22 The NetBeans 3.3.1 Release Candidate 2 is available.
Jan/18 The NetBeans 3.3.1 - The last week before final release - read the current status.
Jan/15 The NetBeans 3.3.1 Release Candidate 1 is available.
Jan/11 The High Resistance mode of NetBeans 3.3.1 has started. The report is available.
Click here for more news.

The schedule is based on NetBeans's roadmap.

NetBeans Release 3.3 Schedule
May/1 - Aug/29 Planning/Implementation new features for NetBeans 3.3
Aug/29 Feature Freeze for most of NetBeans 3.3 features
Sep/7 Complete Feature Freeze NetBeans 3.3 - only for four missing features (Read more.)
Sep/21 User Interface Freeze for NetBeans 3.3. Only small UI bugfixes are allowed later.
from Oct/19
Beta weekly builds 1-6. Beta candidate builds are created on Fridays and then stabilized in special branches every week.
Nov/23 Branches for NB 3.3.x (release33) and for NB 3.3 (release330) are created.
High Resistance mode starts for 'release330' branch. Read more.
Nov/30 NetBeans 3.3 Release Candidate 1
Dec/7 NetBeans 3.3 Release Candidate 2 (if needed)
Dec/12 NetBeans 3.3 Final Release
Jan/4 The first NetBeans 3.3.1 Q-build
Jan/11 NetBeans 3.3.1 Enter High Resistance mode
NetBeans 3.3.1 Release Candidate 1
Jan/18 NetBeans 3.3.1 Release Candidate 2
Jan/28 - Jan/29 NetBeans 3.3.1 Release Candidate 3
Feb/1 NetBeans 3.3.1 Final Release
Apr/17 NB 3.3.2 plan announced
Apr/24 A preliminary list of fixes in 3.3.2 published.
May/10 NetBeans 3.3.2 Release Candidate 1 announced.
May/28 NetBeans 3.3.2 Release Candidate 2 announced.


Key Features and Goals - The main goals of NetBeans release 3.3 are:
  • Performance improvement (most frequent negative feedback). Read more.
  • Stability - The amount of open bugs should be lower than in 3.2, when it was released. The final criteria were discussed on nbdev and they are:
    • Beta quality -
      • All known P1 bug resolved.
      • The backward compatibility of settings/project bugs resolved
    • Final Release Quality -
      • Beta quality criteria.
      • All known P1/P2 bug resolved.
      • The total number of open bugs defects not higher than 400. (This criterion is based on the requirement to release with 20% less open defects than there were at the time of the NB 3.2 release.)
  • MDR (Metadata repository) - as an experimental module
  • Projects implementation (see and major project will be based on new Projects (Java module, JSP, ...) - this feature was postponed - it will be implemented in NetBeans 4.0
Detailed list of new features - is available here. Features are collected using new infrastructure.
A beta of the documentation for the 3.3 Open APIs has been posted. See the Open APIs home page

Releases 3.3.x Downloads -

Release 3.3.x current status - NetBeans IDE 3.3 was released in December and the bug fixing release NetBeans IDE 3.3.1 was released on Feb/1. The releases 3.3 and 3.3.1 were developed in special CVS branch.

You can check the current status against the release criteria by looking at a

The quality - The amount of bugs in release 3.3 (dev) you can find at QA (Quality Assurance) pages: See bugs graphs.

For more information about the quality look here.

There is an ongoing effort aimed at performance improvements. Check out the performance pages.

This page is maintained by (release coordinator for NB3.3).

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