Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I participate in this program ?

   We are very sorry but we had to stop accepting more applications for participation in NetCAT 5.0 program because of overwhelming response to our announcement sent on Wednesday, September 7. During the following 24 hours we have received 500+ valid applications which is 3 times more than what we originally hoped for.

   Nevertheless, we will still appreciate your feedback provided via either nbusers@netbeans.org mailing list or Issuezilla, our bug tracking system.

   Please accept our apologies if you didn't make it to sign up in time. Thank you for your understanding and willingness to help !

Can you describe my responsibilities if I join the program ?

   Once you become an official NetCAT member you may be asked to focus on certain features, functional areas or platforms in which we would like to receive feedback. However, it's up to you to choose the features and areas you are interested in and you want to potentially influence. The most important and valuable aspect of our program will be the feedback you provide on the Beta and RC builds by utilizing the simple bug form and mailing list. Besides, your input may be requested via additional surveys during the program. Last, but not least, at the end of the program you will be expected to submit a Final Community Acceptance survey where you should express your point of view as to whether main new features are ready for release.

Are there any benefits for me ?

   Yes. Your voice will be treated with care. You will get a chance to influence fixing of bugs that bother you, object against waiving other annoying bugs or access to CA phase survey. This is where you can describe your satisfaction with newly added features. If at least 20% of whole NetCAT team identify a particular bug within the final CA Survey, the bug must be fixed before FCS.

   Last but not least, those active participants (totalling 30 NetCAT points or higher) will receive a gift from us! The three most active program members will win a purchase in our NetBeans shop.

How can one earn a NetCAT point ?

   Input of each participant will be evaluated at the end of the program based upon the various feedback types.
Item   # points  
 1 message sent 1
 1 bug submitted 2
 1 enhancement submitted 1
 Final CA survey completed 10
 Any documentation review  3
 Any other survey completed  5

What is already covered by Sun QA ?

   We perform testing on the latest patched version of JDK 5 and JDK 1.4.2. As for the operating systems, we test NetBeans IDE on the following platforms: Windows XP/2000, Fedora Core 3, Mac OS X 10.4, Solaris 9/10 (both Sparc and x86 platforms). The testing is done according to module specific test specifications.

What does it mean RC, CA or FCS ?

Abbreviation Explanation
RC Build representing Release Candidate
CA Name for Community Acceptance program
FCS RC build that was accepted as First Customer Ship
HR High Resistance period when only high priority bugs (P1, P2) can be fixed.
CF Code Freeze milestone which declares codebase as ready for the first RC build.

What HW disqualifies applications for participation in the program ?

   Your HW specification will not be taken as criterion when considering your application, however please familiarise yourself with the requirements of NetBeans 5.0 IDE:

    Minimum Hardware Configuration

     Operating system  Processor  Memory   Disk space 
    Solaris 450 MHz Ultra TM 10 384 MB 125 MB
    Windows 500 MHz Pentium III 384 MB 125 MB
    Linux 500 MHz Pentium III 384 MB 125 MB
    Mac OS X Power PC G4 512 MB 125 MB

    Recommended Hardware Configuration

     Operating system  Processor  Memory   Disk space 
    Solaris 500 MHz Ultra TM 60 512 MB 125 MB
    Windows 780 MHz Pentium III 512 MB 125 MB
    Linux 800 MHz Pentium III 512 MB 125 MB
    Mac OS X Power PC G5 1 GB 125 MB

    How come I can't access netcat@netbeans.org mailing list archive ?

       You most probably don't have "Observer" www project role. Please visit this page and request Observer role. Your request should be granted shortly but please be patient. However, this does not mean you will be allowed to post messages to the list. Only NetCAT team members are allowed to communicate via this list.

    What is useful bug report against Form editor ?

       In case you spot an exception, malfunction or inconsistency in new GUI editor please follow these advices when reporting bug:
  • Include form file in the last good state before the problem - you can get to that state by doing Undo and saving the form
  • Include corresponding java file
  • Include screenshot(s), ideally taken before the problem occured and after that
  • Very exact steps how to reproduce the problem - everything is important for us (how you placed component, where it snapped to, order in which components were created etc.)
  • Not listed here ?

       Don't hesitate to ask your NetCAT program coordinator Jiri Kovalsky !



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