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Sometimes things are hard to find

Posted by gsporar on December 15, 2005 at 7:50 AM PST

I answered a question earlier today from someone who wrote: "Is there a keyboard shortcut to jump to a method,
when editing a class, without using the Navigator window." I feel the writer's pain. The Navigator window
in the NetBeans
IDE is really nice, but I don't want to take my hand off
the keyboard to use it.

Fortunately, I can use the Navigator without a mouse.
Roman Strobl
has blogged about
before. While in the editor
I press Ctrl-7. This gives focus to the Navigator window where I can start typing the name of the method that
I want to jump to. In this case, the method is setResultColor(). So I type an 's' and the Navigator changes its
selection to the first entry with an 's':


As luck would have it, the first method listed is the one I want, so I press Enter and focus returns
to the editor and the cursor is on setResultColor(). I could have typed more characters if needed to narrow
down the selection.

The key issue here is that this feature is tough to find. That's also a

Roman has discussed recently. In this particular
case Ruth Kusterer has added a
FAQ entry
that discusses this, but I'm thinking I might add even more details to it
so that the use case is clear. And of course, we need better visibility for the FAQ so that users will know that it has
the answer. :-)

Speaking of things that are difficult to find, apparently some folks had trouble finding the
office in Austin, Texas
for the recent December
Austin Java User Group (AJUG) meeting. The Google Local feature apparently has some rough spots;
is pretty interesting. The map is correct, but the street name is wrong. We're not on Guarita Ct. The office
is on Riata Park Ct, which you won't find out unless you zoom in at least one level. Not very user friendly.

Anyway, the folks who made it to the meeting reportedly had a good time. The very talented
Eitan Suez
was the emcee. The
first presentation was from Dave Havrda, who did a demo of the cool new module building tools in the NetBeans IDE.


Plugging your own features into an IDE has never been easier.

Dave was followed by
Sridhar Reddy
, who talked about the Peabody and Glassfish projects.
Project Peabody is an initiative
to provide a more collaborative development environment for future generations of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE).
Project Glassfish aims to drive innovation in the J2EE/application server
space, to improve developer access to J2EE sources and increase transparency in J2EE development.

I was not able to attend because I am in Prague attending planning meetings for the next release of the NetBeans IDE. The weather
has been cold, but thankfully dry (I was prepared for rain and snow). The picture below is of the
Prague Castle, taken from up
on high in the Petrin Tower.


The best part of the trip, as usual, was getting to meet with folks who I normally just get to talk with on the phone and
exchange emails with. I spent time wandering the city with daily-blogger and tutorial creator extraordinaire
Geertjan Wielenga. Security has
been on his mind since he's been helping create materials on secure web services, so in the photo below he shows the prison
used to hold folks who forget the security attributes in their configuration files. :-)


While Prague has been fun, I am bummed that I didn't get to attend the AJUG meeting. My thanks to the folks who helped
organize and run it. From left to right below: Eitan Suez, Sridhar Reddy, Rob Ratcliff, Ernest Hill, and Albert Leigh.