Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

NetBeans Day 2016 – First 2 sessions

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JavaOne always starts with a big Community event and NetBeans day this year had an extra buzz with the big news about the license changes and impending NetBeans 8.2 release. Here are first 2 sessions and pictures from NetBeans Day 2016….

Picture Gallery from NetBeans Day 2016



9.15 What’s Going On in the NetBeans Ecosystem? 

Geertjan Wielenga gave a summary of the last year. There are lots of new features in NetBeans (especially in JavaScript support) and how NetBeans was being used by multiple companies and the number of new features which will appear soon (including R and better Groovy support). He showed the cool new editing features (only 50 individual curators possible) and easy use with Oracle’s free Jet JavaScript library. The Dark theme for NetBeans is currently the most popular plugin to download. He explained how Oracle would continue to put resources into NetBeans development, while the new Apache licensing model makes it much easier for others to make use of NetBeans and contribute code. Lastly there was a 30 second youtube video of Geertjan talking code and NetBeans with his taxi driver (this is San Francisco).

Mark Stephens talked about the NetCat test program, the latest NetBeans tee-shirts (which were thrown into the audience in James Gosling’s talk) and the NetBeans day. He ran through what happened at the NetBeans Day UK at Greenwich and how the NetBeans days are evolving.

Zoran Several gave a quick sneak preview of his work on image recognition. All of this this built on top of the NetBeans platform.

10.30 James Gosling and the Newest, Latest, and Cutting-Edgiest Technologies in the NetBeans IDE

Geertjan Wielenga gave a quick summary of his 9.15 news and updates.

Arun Gupta showed how easy it was to use docker in NetBeans and how you can avoid the command line totally. He also showed the CouchBase plugin which he has written with Geertjan. There is a whole series of articles on how this was built so you can build your own plugin. His favourite Netbeans feature is the out of the box experience. It all just works.

Michael Nascimento did a jackpot demo using the find and transform to refactor some code using Joda time to new java time. He showed how it integrated into NetBeans so you can review all the changes and easily refactor huge amounts of code.

James Gosling did a history recap. Visual studio killed off most tools. Sun bought Forte (anyone remember that?) and NetBeans. Sun made NetBeans free and open source. He is really excited about Apache and signed up. His key advice was ‘Buy anyone you know in Apache a beer so they vote in favour of NetBeans project‘.

Tee-shirts were thrown into the audience!

Toni Apple did a demo using Dukescript – Java and HTML. Inspired by @internetofshit, he found that his toothbrush had an API and added a GUI (complete with minions).

Sean Phillips showed 3 demos on how NetBeans has gone beyond the cloud and into space. It is being actively used in NASA for space projects and a big attraction of NetBeans is that they can write fast display and processing applications beyond what they could create in HTML5/JavaScript.

Full details of the other sessions are available here. Still plenty to see later today…

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Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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