NetBeans IDE 6.5 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. The focus of NetCAT program is to get early feedback on the main features and confirmation from NetBeans community that quality of the product is ready for release.


   The NetCAT 6.5 team will consist of 60 members and 30 substitutes for replacing inactive participants. The CA survey will be again 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 6.5 team members [View archive]
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
Marked issues All issues filed by program members are highlighted by a special prefix. [65cat] [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 6.5 builds according to NetCAT 6.5 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]

Brief time schedule

   This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the 3 months during the NetCAT 6.5 program.

  • 6/30 - Program announced on nbusers and nbdev lists. Volunteers submit their applications.
  • 7/11 - Participants selected. Alternate members are selected as well.
  • 7/14 - Feature Freeze. NetCAT team starts testing the latest daily builds.
  • 7/21 - First weekly report sent.
  • 8/11 - Milestone 2 release.
  • 8/15 - Inactive participants replaced.
  • 10/10 - Final CA survey questions defined.
  • 10/22 - RC1 release. CA survey open.
  • 10/24 - Chat about Web Language Editing Support.
  • 11/3 - Last weekly report sent.
  • 11/5 - CA survey closed, results processed.
  • 11/7 - NetCAT game over

Current status

   The NetCAT 6.5 program is closed. NetCAT 6.5 participants are done with testing Release Candidate builds of NetBeans 6.5. The Community Acceptance survey was closed and results were published. You can also take a look at results from NetCAT Satisfaction survey. Thank you very much NetBeans community!

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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 98 members.
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