NetBeans IDE 5.0 Community Acceptance Testing program (NetCAT)

Objective

   Simply put the goal of this program is to get active NetBeans community members involved in testing of the NetBeans IDE 5.0 Beta and RC builds. Participants will provide feedback on product usability, quality and performance. In return, those volunteers are given the opportunity to significantly influence the quality of NetBeans IDE 5.0. It is important to stress though that NetCAT program is about quality acceptance and not about feature design.

Note: Application form has been closed. More details are here.

Program members

   People participating in the program should have previous experience with NetBeans IDE and should be willing to contribute some time and effort. The details of their responsibilities are explained in FAQ section. List of NetCAT 5.0 program participants is available here. We kindly ask all NetCAT members to follow the rules defined in NetCAT etiquette.

Benefits

   Members of the NetCAT program will enjoy many special privileges. They will have an opportunity to nominate bugs which they and their colleagues consider critical to the success of NetBeans IDE. They can object against waiving other bugs as they are part of Bug Waiver Council. Members who submit bugs during this program will have their bugs marked with a magic prefix that guarantees special attention from developers and quality engineers. Additionally, they can request new features for future releases. And yes, there are some gifts ready for all active members, of course. The most important fact is that we want our community to accept the release. Your voice is important to us!

What tools are in place ?

   There are several accessory means prepared specially for this program. Here is the list:

Item Description Detail Action
Mailing list Archived e-mail alias dedicated exclusively for communication between program participants, information about progress, important milestones, bug waiving process and others. netcat@netbeans.org [View archive]
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
Marked issues All issues filed by program members will be highlighted by special prefix. [50cat] [Show the bugs]
[Show the RFEs]
Simple bug forms A special one-step submit issue form and reduced bug query form simplified for easy and quick usage.   [Report new issue]
[Search an issue]
Dashboard Specific dashboard reflecting quality status of NetBeans 5.0 builds according to NetCAT program members.   [Take a look]
CA survey Special form prepared for Community Acceptance phase where participants will get a chance to express their opinion on RC build quality and if it's ready for release. [Preview] [View Results]

Brief time schedule

   This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for upcoming 9 weeks during NetCAT program.
  • September 7 - NetCAT program invitation sent
  • September 8 - End of accepting applications
  • September 19 - NetCAT team ready
  • September 26 - 5.0 Beta released, NetCAT team starts testing
  • Mid of December - High Resistance mode
  • Beginning of January - RC build testing
  • Mid of January - Final CA survey
  • End of January - FCS release

Current status

   The project is over. NetCAT 5.0 team has evaluated NetBeans 5.0 Release Candidate 2 build and approved of it as FCS. Take a look at the results from Community Acceptance survey or results from Satisfaction survey with NetCAT 5.0 program itself. You can also find out activity and effectivity of each member of the NetCAT 5.0 team here.

[ FAQs | Participants | Dashboard | Etiquette | NetCAT 4.1 ]

$Date: 2009/11/02 14:13:06 $ GMT

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About this Project

QA was started in November 2009, is owned by Marian Mirilovic, and has 98 members.
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