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Waiting for the Flood

Posted by editor on November 19, 2008 at 7:27 AM PST

Begin the mass download of NetBeans 6.5

And here we go! The NetBeans team released the final version of NetBeans 6.5 at 9AM ET / 6AM PT / 1400 GMT today. So what's the big deal? They write, "simplify your development with the new NetBeans IDE 6.5. Sun's award-winning open source IDE enables Java developers to rapidly create and debug web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications. Supported by a vibrant developer community and offering a diverse selection of third-party plugins, the NetBeans IDE is a must-download for developers."

We've kept up with the early access releases and beta of 6.5 for some time, so it's easy to forget what's in this version. Here's the scoop from the NetBeans Community Page:

New features include a robust IDE for PHP, JavaScript debugging for Firefox and IE, and support for Groovy and Grails. The release also delivers a number of enhancements for Java, Ruby on Rails, and C/C++ development. Java highlights include: built-in support for Hibernate, Eclipse project import, and compile on save. Combining excellent out of the box experience, compelling features, and a great plugin ecosystem, NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a must-download for all developers.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 is currently available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. There are several community contributed localization efforts underway to support additional languages. Join the efforts today.

There's even more information available in the form of features, tutorials and documentation, and a guided video tour.

For those of you downloading the NetBeans 6.5, there's more good news: NetBeans is now available for download via a network of mirror servers around the world. "Currently NetBeans is available via sites in the US, Brazil, the UK, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and Japan. When you download NetBeans, you will automatically be directed to a mirror in or close to your geographic area. This means faster downloads for everyone, as you'll be downloading from a high-speed site geographically close to you, and load on the primary download server is now distributed across all mirrors."

In our other bit of important Java Today news,
the Java Community Process has posted the results of the 2008 elections. Intel Corp. and Werner Keil have been elected to the SE/EE Executive Committee, and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and Sean Sheedy are the winners of the the seats on the ME EC. The new members will take office on December 2nd, 2008, beginning three year terms. Their first EC meeting will be on December 9th.

Today's Weblogs begin with Roger Brinkley applauding the JCP election results, in M&E Community Member on JCP ME EC Board. "Sean Sheedy, a Mobile & Embedded Community Member now has a seat on the JCP ME EC Board. A big thanks to everyone in the community who voted for Sean."

Ed Burns takes a look ahead to
Facelets in JSF 2.0 update. "Quick updates on Facelets in JSF 2.0 We're still plugging along on getting Facelets fully specified so a clean-room implementation can be done of it."

Cay Horstmann shares his
Grief with Gantt charts. ""Occasionally, I have to put together a project schedule with a Gantt chart. In my software engineering class, I figured I should use something cross-platform and open-source, and not Microsoft Project, which I vaguely remember as a muddleheaded mess. Here is what I found and the lessons I learned from my journey. "

In today's Forums, Blu-Ray Disc Java develper ljubisap hopes to update an application dynamically, as explained in Multiple JARs, problem with classpath updating. "I'm trying to download additional JAR from the Internet and then to update classpath (somehow) of the Xlet and JAR which are on the disc, so they can use additional classes from downloaded JAR. Downloaded JAR doesn't have any Xlets. It contains only some additional classes I want to use. My problem is how can I update classpath and use additional classes from downloaded JAR in JAR on the disc. Is this possible to do ?"

kulikoff thinks about working with Signaling System 7 in
Re: SS7 Interface for Mobicents. "I agree about different resources adaptors for TCAP, MAP and INAP as well as for JCC. JCC is an abstraction layer for basic call control while specific protocols are needed for advanced services. Do you want to wrap native openss7 tcap stack? I am not familiar with openss7 project and I have a wish to catch signaling from MTP3 and compile ASN.1 from ITU to directly java classes. There are several open source asn.1 complires were developed since JCC implementation was made which I think would help to complete full SS7 stack."

Clive Brettingham-Moore explains time and date representations in
Re: Can XJC set time zone? "XML Dates are pretty complex - in this case the value you have represent a non-zoned date. By default in XJC xml date types are mapped to XMLGregorianCalendar which is capable of representing unzoned values; if you use the methods on this to convert to a GregorianCalendar then it will use the supplied zone, or the default zone for the JVM."

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