NetBeans IDE 6.0 Community Acceptance Testing program (NetCAT)


   Welcome to the latest NetCAT - NetBeans community testing initiative. If you have not heard about NetCAT before, please read what it's all about. This run is special in several aspects but its focus remains the same i.e. to get early feedback on the main features and confirmation from NetBeans community that quality of the product is ready for release.


   The NetCAT 6.0 team will consist of 60 members and 30 substitutes for replacing inactive participants. This time the CA survey will be open to everybody to obtain a more objective feedback on the RC build quality. We kindly ask all potential volunteers to read the responsibilities of NetCAT participant before joining the program in order to understand and adhere to NetCAT etiquette rules.

   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 QA engineers. Additionally, they can request new features for future releases. And yes, there are some gifts ready for the 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:

Item Description Detail Action
Mailing list Archived e-mail alias for communication of NetCAT 6.0 team members [View archive]
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
Marked issues All issues filed by program members are highlighted by a special prefix. [60cat] [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 Overall dashboard includes a NetCAT column reflecting quality status of NetBeans 6.0 builds according to NetCAT 6.0 team.   [Take a look]
CA survey Special form prepared for Community Acceptance phase where everybody from NetBeans community will get a chance to express their opinions on RC build quality and release readiness.   [Preview]
[View Results]

Brief time schedule

   This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the next 3 months during the NetCAT program.

  • August 27 - NetCAT program invitation sent
  • September 3 - NetCAT team selected including substitutes
  • September 17 - Beta 1 released, NetCAT team starts testing
  • October 5 - 1st replacement of inactive participants
  • October 22 - Beta 2 released
  • November 5 - High Resistance mode
  • November 16 - Final CA survey
  • December 3 - FCS release

Current status

   The project is over. NetCAT 6.0 team has evaluated NetBeans 6.0 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 6.0 program itself. You can also find out activity and effectivity of each member of the NetCAT 6.0 team here.

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

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About this Project

QA was started in November 2009, is owned by Jiří Kovalský, and has 97 members.
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