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Balancing the view.

Posted in Java, Software Development, Web Development on December 13, 2007 by Shaun

While I like Netbeans 6 and personally I am really happy with it having moved from Eclipse, there is, as always, a flip side to every coin so in the interests of balancing things, this post on the Java tutorials weblog is asking for votes to bring back the Beans Module that is missing from Netbeans 6.

There are some interesting comments made as people place their vote and I’d say the vote is overwhelming and we should be seeing the bean module in the upcoming update to NB6.

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NetBeans 6 goes live

Posted in Java, Rails, Software Development, Web Development on December 5, 2007 by Shaun

NetBeans 6 has finally reached the full release version and is available for download today.

I’ve said before that NetBeans 6 is an important release for the NetBeans team and I believe it is one of (if not the) best IDE’s available for Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails amongst others like the upcoming JavaFX.

Reasons why I like NetBeans 6:

  • The UI is polished and extremely useable.
  • The plugin interface is much better than the one in Eclipse.
  • Getting the latest version is a very simple excercise and there are not 50 different versions to have to decide from. (try looking for the WTP edition of Eclipse for example).
  • It has a much better way of managing application settings – more like a normal app not one set per workspace.
  • The files you work on are much easier to organise.
  • Java, JavaFX, Ruby and Ruby on Rails apps can be developed in this IDE out of the box and the IDE does a very very impressive job of making your life easy.
  • The IDE is really customizable and the settings menu is easy to navigate.

As you may have guessed I have been using Eclipse and I have found NetBeans so much better.  There’s a handy plugin that will convert Eclipse apps over to netbeans – just in case you are worried about switching ;0)

Picture taken from NetBeans anouncement Email

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netbeans 6 now up to RC2

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 27, 2007 by Shaun

The releases are coming thick and fast and a recent survey amongst beta testers shows that it is over 90% of the way there.  i expect the full release soon.  As I mentioned previously this is an amazing IDE.

Also check out this nice graphic guide to rails on netbeans which is on the edgy developments blog.

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Visual Studio 2008 released.

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 20, 2007 by Shaun

For some reason I was expecting to write this post a lot later in the year and possibly even next year, but here it is.  Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5 has officially been released.  Scott Guthrie has all the details on his blog here.

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Don’t you just hate it when that happens!

Posted in Software Development on October 23, 2007 by Shaun

I downloaded NetBeans 6 Beta 1 onto my laptop yesterday afternoon, it really does look nice.  I’m relatively new to NetBeans so I’m no expert but it comes packed full of some excellent plugins and looks to be a solid feature packed development IDE for Java, JavaFX and Ruby/Rails among others.  It’s hard to see why anyone would dislike it.  Maybe I’ll find some issues as I continue to use it, for now though I’m quietly pleased.

I decided to download it onto my windows box as well.  A trip over to will get you to the NetBeans site if you want to go have a look for yourself.

As I mentioned earlier I downloaded and installed beta 1 yesterday, beta 2 came out just this morning… Don’t you just hate it when that happens!  Ah Well.

Oh almost forgot to mention netbeans is free! but then you already use NetBeans and I’m playing catch up right? ;0)

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Silverlight goes wild…

Posted in Linux, Software Development, Web Development on September 6, 2007 by Shaun

Microsoft have announced the release of Silverlight 1.0 today.  There’s also an announcement regarding Silverlight for Linux.  Known as Moonlight, this is a port of Silverlight to the Linux platform via a partnership with Novel and from the same stable as the Mono development project that brings .Net development to the Linux platform.

Head over to Scott Guthrie’s blog for more details.

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Fix available for debugging issue

Posted in Asp.Net, Software Development, Web Development on August 24, 2007 by Shaun

Scott Guthrie has posted details of a fix MS have released to repair an issue found with debugging in Visual studio 2005.  the fix attempts to repair an issue with a big delay between hitting F5 and the first breakpoint being hit.

You can get the full details and links from his blog here.  Scott has a couple of other links to hotfixes and a cool tips and tricks page in that entry too.

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