Semi-live blogging from NetBeans day — opening presentation.
Garrett Rooney (Subversion/Collab.net):
Refactoring from NetBeans is integrated with the svn plugin, so when you refactor/rename/movie files, the history is preserved. That is one of the nicer things about SVN anyway, really nice to see that NB will preserve it.
Some discussion about the “plight of the developer”:
“As the tools get better, developer morale improves, developer creativity improves.”
Yes, I think as much as it is in his personality, we are getting a monkey dance. :)
“So Rich, are you going to open source Java?”
Happy to be here, yadda.
“This is all about more. It is all about more developers and more value and more energy. There are two schools of though here. We need to keep Java whole .. so that the platform doesn’t fracture. There are some.. nefarious forces.. who want to fracture Java. Maintaining compatibility…” “In the future what I am counting on .. what we are going to be talking about all week is powering up the community. What we are going to do at Sun is to power up the community, improve the products. … You all join the JCP… ” ….
“We at Sun feel pretty empowered to affect the direction of Java and I would like to hear what you all think.”
Jared Peterson, Sprint Developer Program came out to pitch their customized version of NB that Sprint is using on for their network.
You know what, this whole pitch is basically part of the problem. It annoys me to know end that right after the J&R show comes up and talks about fracturing Java they bring up one of the telcos. These guys are all about fracturing everything, so that there is no consistent platform across all the carriers. Rather than realize that they offer a commodity service and then offer differentiated products, they look to fracture the service so broadly that they get lockin. Moreover, they cripple their most powerful products, stripping obex from J2ME support, for instance so that they can force people through their proprietary channels for their data.
Anyway, they have their SDKs for their phones and their network and surprise surprise, it works with NB.
Neil and Josh came out and did their little presentation on Java Puzzlers. I actually knew the 3 of 4 four they came out with, but the silly 1 vs lowercase-L one got me… again.
Anyway, the Click and Hack show runs into the pitch for Jackpot. This is basically a new PMD/Checkstyle/Findbugs kind of code problems finder. The twist here is that it has built in calls to the refactoring engine. This lets you fix the problems right off the finder. I haven’t really played with this yet. It sounds cool, but the rules implementations are limited and if is very finicky about which version of mustang you are on.
Bob Bruin gets cut off but he give the standard pitch for the NB structure and differentiation between the NB stuff and the Sun (One? who knows what their marketing department is calling it this week) dev products.