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Sunday Dec 20, 2009

Why You Should File Bugs - The NetBeans Case

I used the various milestones, the beta and some daily builds of NetBeans 6.8 for my Java EE 6 projects. Sometimes NetBeans detected "slowness" (by e.g. opening 40 projects, or switching between project groups) and encouraged me to report it - what I actually did. It was more a revenge, than a goodwill :-). The first reports were anonymous, than I created an account to be able to track the progress.

With the release of NetBeans 6.8 a nice email arrived in my mailbox:

"...In the past you have taken the time to report issues that you encountered while using NetBeans software. A new version (NetBeans 6.8) has just been released,and we'd like to inform you that the following issue(s) you reported have been addressed in the new release:

170419Invoking Run took 29110 ms.
171690Invoking Close Project took 4127 ms.
171756IllegalStateException: Adding stacktrace with timestamp 4999072337859 is not allowed after a stacktrace with timestamp 4999072745299 has been added
172057AWT thread blocked for 23711 ms.
174278AWT thread blocked for 5513 ms.

Please visit the netbeans.org website to download NetBeans 6.8 and to learn more about the new release.

We appreciate your contribution to our efforts to make NetBeans software and features better for all users. And as always, we look forward to feedback from you about ways we can continue to improve.

 

Thank you.

The NetBeans Team

It seems like some of the issues were actually fixed. The FCS is indeed significantly faster, that the pre-release builds.

The NetBeans issue tracking tool really rocks. You get immediate feedback whether it is a new bug, a known one or what the resolution is ...without leaving the IDE.


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