Regular readers may remember that we were involved in the last round of tests so here is our reasons why you should definitely not get involved this time.
[Please note] that the writer is from England (where some sarcasm is an accepted and popular form of humour)….
1.It does not sound very nice for the cat. Actually, it has nothing to do with cats (or the net). It is the Community program to help the NetBeans team rollout the next version of NetBeans (version 8.0). The only cat involved is the one in the logo (although cats are welcome with anyone else to join in).
2. Oracle should do their own testing. Oracle do their own testing (lots of it). If you write software, you will know that no matter how much testing you do internally, it is only when the users start to use the software that it really gets tested. Lots of people doing things in different ways on lots of different setups…
3. It will take a lot of time. Actually you only need a few minutes each day. We make it our ‘fun’ activity to finish off the day and find that it actually helps us focus and get more done. It is also very useful as developers to see the perspective of testers and end-users.
4. I will gain nothing from it. We actually found that testing made us more proficient in using NetBeans for our own work. There were several features we discovered in NetBeans as a result of the testing which we did not know existed! We also raised our game on testing by pinching all the good practise we saw…
5. I do not currently use NetBeans. Maybe this is the time to try it out… Netbeans has had a huge amount of development in the last 18 months and is a very powerful (and free) tool. Even if you go back to Eclipse, IDEA or Vi, it will give you a better understanding of those tools. Different IDE’s still have different killer features, and you want to have the widest set of tools available to you for development. Some developers who prefer not use the NetBeans IDE now use the NetBeans platform as a development base for their applications.
The netCat program is free to join for you (or your cat) and details are here.
This post is part of our “NetBeans article Index” series. In these articles, we aim to explore NetBeans in different ways, from useful hint and tips, to our how-to’s, experiences and usage of the NetBeans IDE.