NetCAT 6.5 Weekly | Report #2


10 days gone, when 1st weekly was out. Huh, well there’s not much content I have for this week. I didn’t devote much time, except a docs review and as usual, arguing/debating on mailing lists, for good 😉

What I missed…

Probably, when it was announced PHP Feature Freeze was reached, I still didn’t took time out for testing and reviewing, sorry! But, can’t help it, busy with some projects, deadlines approaching soon. However, I would review PHP and docs.

What I did…

Well, I did review one documentation, well not such a good figure for a docs coordinator. At least, this time I could afford to let the community review tutorials written by Sun Technical writers 😉 Its good to see lot of people with zeal, helping out the authors, who wrote the docs, reporting bugs/enhancements and more. So, it was by and large, happy ending! I have one pending doc in my list, I will do it soon.

Bugs Filed-

Sorry, I couldn’t file bugs, but would surely do, what I came across, esp. MySQL Node, remember? When I blogged about bug report, I had filed.


Hyperlink Navigation Renaissance, 15 hrs of Fame, and another Milestone accomplished at Community Docs. Also, reviewed the NetBeans 6.1 Java Editor RefCardz and more… check out the Nostalgia widget on my blog! Its a calendar embedded in this blog. Check out what all happened in the past 1 week.

This NetCAT Weekly Report #2, is my personal report on what I experienced during a particular week.
Its not related in any respect with NetCAT organisers.


Getting your basics right?


So, you use IDE, huh! Cool…isn’t it?

What do you like about an IDE?

Look and feel, code completion, auto-format, quick fixes, code templates, version system and loads of features!

Do you know, how to use them?

“Yeah, I do know many of them, its cool!”

This the most common answer, you would come across, generally from a user, who uses the Gen-Next IDE’s like NetBeans, Intelli J, Eclipse! Even I would say that 😉

Do you have clarity of the concepts?

Hmmm, good question!

So, you don’t, right? Anyways, lets talk about NetCAT, what happened yesterday night- I am participating in NetCAT 6.5, and a discussion that took place late night yesterday, really took me by surprise! Though, we almost concluded the discussion on a positive note, still I am waiting for the replies!

The Big Fight– NetBeans versus Intelli J IDEA

A guy at NetCAT started a thread on filing a RFE, he wants to have a feature similar to the one present in the Intelli J. Initially, I neglected the thread, until it became interesting and never ending! They did file a RFE, at Issuezilla!

NetCAT Mailing list

So, 4-5 people were responding to that thread, and 2 of them had an argument with me, on that issue. They were not able to justify their stand against me, until they sent some screen-shots. Now, everything looked crystal clear and they could very well, justify what they wanted from NB developers…phew 😉

Where’s the clarity of concepts?

Still, something was missing, what? Yeah, the clarity of concepts! How?

Well, one of the guys, who was really pushing this issue again, and again. Hats off, he really had patience and eventually after 30 mails or so, got things right…great 😉

Why 30 mails? Why not 1-2 mails?

I think every technical discussion, does boils down to one thing, concepts/basics. So, if you don’t get those right, you might suffer in the longer run! I am not saying that I am the expert, still what I have experienced (at academic, not industry level) in my last 4-5 years of programming…I’m sharing it with you!

What happened with Intelli J,

Actually, the image the person had sent, had a snapshot of Intelli J’s Java Editor, with Logical View of Project on the left. The code shows, when you use a pre-defined shortcut key, on a method invocation (which is an implementation of an interface method), the editor pop-up a code-completion like window with the list of classes that might have implemented that particular method. That’s ridiculous!

Java language, beautifully explains the concept of dynamic binding with the use of interfaces. So, I felt that Intelli J was contradicting the theory through the above said feature, as one can’t determine while coding, that which implementation JVM would bind the interface reference to. I think that confused the guy, who thought its a cool feature, while its not in such context.

See the comments for the strike-outs!

So, if he had clarity of the concepts, he would have filed a bug report at Intelli J community, then could have proposed a RFE at NetBeans Issuezilla, and the discussion would not have lasted 30 mails.

So, get your basics right, while you use an Integrated Development Environment…Its really important 🙂

and, NetBeans…

I had no issue with my IDE, untill the discussion reached 30th mail, and now I would vote for the RFE, which suggests that user should have an option to navigate to the implemented method, analogous to the concept of dynamic binding. Though, the RFE needs to be refined so as to make things clear for the developers and community!

Alas, its over, please go through the basics, before you indulge in such discussion! Thanks for your time and patience, for reading this post! Any comments are welcome 🙂

Updated | 31st July: Voted for RFE #142112 🙂

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