News from the Java World

As expected at JavaOne some news were released. Blogs and development portals are full of it. In short:

  • Netbeans 6.9 becomes 7.0 in order to be aligned with the Java platform itself. (more info here)
    I am fine with that, seems Oracle is still serious about Netbeans.
  • JavaFX Script is dead but the features will be available as API. (more info here)
    OK, the scripting was a bit cumbersome. But you could get used to it using Netbeans.

ZK Community Edition (CE) plugin for Netbeans

With the license change you have now 3 versions to choose from: Community, Professional and Enterprise Editions (more details here). The first Netbeans plugin for ZK 5 contained the enterprise version, resulting in a warning in the logfile the version will expire after 60 days. Since last week you can download the plugin that comes with the CE libraries.
Note: You need to install the other ZK5 plugin, de-activating is not enough. Download (link) and install as usual.

Enterprise Edition

Install ZK 5 CE Plugin

After installing the CE plugin your projects (created with the other version will throw a reference problem at you. You can’t resolve, you need to open the project properties and delete the previous library and import the new one. You need to verify if you used enterprise features that are not available in the community edition.

Project Properties

Reference Problem

Project Properties

News: Kenai, Netbeans Updates

  • After the previous announcement that kenai.com would be shut down and the email asking you to vacate the place until April 30th
    Hello fellow Project Administrators,
    
    It's with a sad heart that we have to announce that the Kenai.com domain will be shutdown as part of the consolidation of project hosting sites now that Sun is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle.
    
    Project Kenai has always existed as two different things: Kenai the infrastructure, and Kenai the website (Kenai.com).  While it has come time to close the domain of Kenai.com, the infrastructure (which is already used under NetBeans.org) will live on to support other domains in the future.
    
    With this decision from Oracle to close the Kenai.com domain, it is now time for project owners to begin the process of migrating their repositories and content over to other locations.  A few things to note as you begin this process:
    [..]
    Any public projects that remain after the 60 day limit (April 2nd 2010) will be removed when the site is turned off.
    
    It has been an amazing ride, and a great pleasure to personally work with so many of you over the last year or so. From the entire Project Kenai Team I want to thank you for all of the feedback, criticisms, and support over our time together.
    
    With much respect,
    The Project Kenai Team
    

    now someone realized the user-base is much stronger than they thought. Making a good decision: Lets move the kenai features into dev.java.net !

    Gentlepeople,
    
    In an effort to get information out to the Kenai community quickly, while trying to manage the integration of our two companies, I think we did a poor job at communicating our plans for Kenai.com to you.  I would like to remedy that now.  Our strategy is simple.  We don't believe it makes sense to continue investing in multiple hosted development sites that are basically doing the same thing.  Our plan is to shut down kenai.com and focus our efforts on java.net as the hosted development community.  We are in the process of migrating java.net to the kenai technology.  This means that any project currently hosted on kenai.com will be able to continue as you are on java.net.  We are still working out the technical details, but the goal is to make this migration as seamless as possible for the current kenai.com projects.  So in the meantime I suggest that you stay put on kenai.com and let us work through the details and get back to you later this month.
    
    Thanks for your feedback and patience.
    
    Ted Farrell
    Oracle Corporation
    
  • Netbeans 6.8 Updates available
    Please visit your friendly plugin page (Tools|Plugins|Reload catalog) and find a bunch of updates for your favorite IDE.

    Netbeans Updates

Kenai.com alternatives ?

Kenai.com (link) is dead (shot by the Sheriff, but he didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh,..) and by April 30th you better backup your belongings, otherwise they go /dev/null. (The domain will be removed as well). Unfortunately it was well integrated with Netbeans and this level of collaboration you wouldn’t achieve with another OS code repositories. No choice, so here a comparison of services on wikipedia (link).
My personal choice: I will select one with a public API, potentially could create a plugin (if it is not available yet). Maybe Launchpad or Github.