IntroductionWelcome to the latest NetCAT - NetBeans community testing initiative. Although this rendering has the same goals as previous NetCAT programs, it is different in two ways. First, we are interested in J2EE developers since NetBeans 5.5 focuses on Java EE 5 support or Subversion users because Subversion support was recently made available via Auto Update Center. Secondly, we will not limit the number of participants in NetCAT 5.5. It is as well important to stress that the NetCAT program is about quality acceptance and not about feature design.
OrganizationThe NetCAT 5.5 program has a more open nature than its predecessors. Anyone with Enterprise Java or Subversion experience is welcome. We kindly ask all potential volunteers to read the responsibilities of NetCAT 5.5 participants before joining the program in order to understand and adhere to NetCAT etiquette rules. Unfortunately, due to the program's unlimited access we will not track each person's activity separately.
As usual 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. Members who submit bugs during this program will have their bugs marked with a 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 the 50 most helpful members, of course. The most important thing is that we want our community to accept the release. Your views and opinions are important to us!
What tools are in place ?There are several means of access prepared especially for this program. Here is the list:
|Mailing lists||Archived e-mail alias dedicated to NetCAT 5.5 J2EE related communication, information about progress, important milestones and email@example.com||
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
|Archived e-mail alias dedicated to NetCAT 5.5 Subversion related communication, information about progress, important milestones and firstname.lastname@example.org||
|Archived e-mail alias dedicated to NetCAT 5.5 EntPack related communication, information about progress, important milestones and email@example.com||
[View Gmane archive] [View Nabble archive]
|Marked issues||All issues filed by program members are highlighted by a special prefix.||[55cat]||
[Show the bugs]
[Show the RFEs]
|Simple bug forms||A special one-step form to submit issues and a simplified bug query form for quick and easy use.||
[Report new issue]
[Search an issue]
|Dashboard||Dedicated dashboard reflecting quality status of NetBeans 5.5 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 opinions on RC build quality and release readiness.||[Complete]||[View Results]|
Brief time scheduleThis is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the next 5 months during the NetCAT program.
- May 4 - NetCAT program invitation sent
- May 11 - 5.5 Beta 1 released, NetCAT volunteers start testing
- May to June - Processing Beta 1 feedback
- Mid of July - 5.5 Beta 2 released
- July to August - Processing Beta 2 feedback
- Mid of September - High Resistance mode
- Beginning of October - Final CA survey
- End of October - FCS release
Current statusThe project is over. NetCAT 5.5 team has evaluated NetBeans 5.5 Release Candidate 2 build and approved it as FCS. Take a look at the results from Community Acceptance survey or results from Satisfaction survey with NetCAT 5.5 program itself.
$Date: 2009/11/02 14:13:06 $ GMT