NetBeans IDE 6.8 Community Acceptance Testing program (NetCAT)

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   Welcome to the latest NetCAT - NetBeans community testing initiative. If you have not heard about NetCAT before, please read what it's all about. Simply put, the goal 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.


   NetCAT 6.8 program is open for anybody again because this format paid off in the previous run. The CA survey will be as usually open to the whole NetBeans community in order to obtain as much objective feedback on the RC build quality as possible. We kindly ask all potential participants to read responsibilities of NetCAT participant before joining the program in order to understand and adhere to NetCAT etiquette rules.

   Members of the NetCAT program will enjoy 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 QE engineers. Additionally, they can request new features for future releases. Finally, there are some gifts ready for the most helpful members, of course. Read NetCAT 6.8 plan in Wiki if you need more details. 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 6.8 team members [View archive]
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
Web forum Web accessible forum for communication of NetCAT 6.8 team members   [Access forum]
Marked issues All issues filed by program members are highlighted by a special prefix. [68cat] [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 6.8 builds according to NetCAT 6.8 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 6.8 program.

  • 8/31 - Program announced on nbusers and nbdev lists. Volunteers subscribe to NetCAT mailing list.
  • 9/4 - Feature Freeze. NetCAT team starts testing the latest daily builds.
  • 9/15 - First weekly report sent.
  • 10/22 - Beta release
  • 10/26 - Early CA research
  • 11/6 - Final CA survey questions defined.
  • 11/28 - RC1 release + CA survey opened
  • 12/8 - Last weekly report sent.
  • 12/9 - CA survey closed, results processed.
  • 12/10 - NetCAT game over

Current status

   The NetCAT 6.8 program is over. The Community Acceptance survey has been closed and results are publicly available. We have also published activity of all NetCAT 6.8 participants. Results from Satisfaction survey are available too. Finally, you can take a look at activity charts comparing NetCAT 6.5, 6.7 and 6.8 programs.

Activity comparison in terms of submitted bugs.
Activity comparison in terms of submitted bugs.
Activity comparison in terms of sent e-mails.
Activity comparison in terms of sent e-mails.

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Last update: December 17th, 2009

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