Phase 3 | NetBeans Community Docs


I am yet again blogging about Community Docs, this time not blogging personal experience but would like to give you a recap of events that brought changes to the way program was being driven and lot more news..

What exactly do we mean by Phase(s)?

Well, it all started when James and Amit started up official weblog for NetBeans Community Docs and announced that they are gearing up for “Phase II“, as they were done with getting 100 community-contributed docs..

So, there was no “Phase I”, I mean there was no articulation of it that they were in “Phase I” and are aiming for future phases. If they did have something, then I was not privileged enough to have that information 😉

I was neither in the NetBeans Community Docs Team nor in the NetBeans Dream Team..

Phase II | Blog and Groups..

Well, I can think of phases, as of how the project evolved? So, James announced lot of stuff for “Phase II” and soon, social networking began outside your inbox at a much larger scale.. and other established social networking sites translate into more ways for NetBeans community members to communicate with each other, start exciting projects, be in the know about NetBeans, and help to keep the NetBeans community strong and active.

Revolution was taking place and many people joined Facebook group, while few joined MySpace..

Midway through Phase II..

Changes in the team management took place, when I became Contribution Coordinator as Amit K. Saha moved into employment at Sun Microsystems, India..

Since then, lot has changed and I have kept you all updated with my personal experiences on being aboard the management of NetBeans Community Docs..

Phase III | Newsletters, Evangelists and More..

Phase III kicked off when we got 200 docs.. finally, we come towards “Phase III and again there wasn’t any specific articulation I could point you to, where we could have listed what all we would do..

Instead, our team had a Skype chat session and thereafter, we started executing the discussed ideas steadily, not at one-go!

Today, I can proudly say that all our ideas have resulted in timely goods.. Of course, community members were always there to support our ideas and helped us in realizing them..

Weekly Newsletters (20, 8, 7)

20 (20) English, 8 (20) Spanish and 7 (20) German were published.. We will be launching “Monthly Newsletters”, soon..

Blog Series- NetBeans Dream Team Docs

The posts of this special series were highlighted in weekly newsletters..

Special News Item Archive

and, some More Updates..

Whats Next?

We are 21 docs away from beginning the next phase of this amazing project/program, whatever you call it.. You would soon see some more out-of-the-box thinking taking place, at our side..

New Year has just begun and you’re in for many more surprises..
Stay tuned for more..


Developer FAQ’s | Add To Update


Recently, I asked on OpenIDE mailing list, whether I could add my 2 documentations based on NetBeans Platform, which were basically focused on tweaking XML Layer, and maximizing usability.

I got a positive reply from Jesse, he added his suggestions along with the approval. So, now you could see my 2 docs getting added there.

See section on Actions– Last 2 docs are mine. Hope, you guys like it and make use of it as soon as possible, because something is gonna change this season, when you start developing with NetBeans Platform for Release 6.5!

Also, updated this FAQ as well, based on my recent experience I had with the reactivating opened windows, rememeber?

Cya Later!

Blog Series | prOgramming bOnds


As I told ya earlier that, my popular blog – prOgramming bOnds – earlier. Today, I list some of the blog series which were highly appreciated on that blog.

Then, I started off blogging about NetBeans 6.1 Beta, as there was contest that had started during that time.

Then, my blog got blocked for review by Blogger Team, and I shifted to!

Anyways, I have started few here as well, I will notify you when I blog more about them.

eNjoy Technology…..

NBCD Coordinator


Today, James blogged about me, announcing to the NetBeans Community, the appointment of new NetBeans Community Docs Contribution Coordinator. It feels great to be the part of the team.

I am going to replace Amit Kumar Saha, who needs no introduction, when we talk about Community Docs! He has done a great work for the community and continues to be a great asset to the community.

I would be working with James and Amit, to take Community Docs to a new high! Also, I would continue contributing docs to the community, which I love the most.

You want to contribute, or in need of a particular doc…just drop a mail at my email id –

You may also refer the Quick Start Guide, made for the community, to help new contributors get accustomed to the environment and be able to write the docs in wiki format comfortably.

Hey, we are on the social-networking portals as well, we are available at Facebook, MySpace and have a blog of our own, hosted by Blogger!

Thank You!

Varun Nischal
NetBeans Community Docs
Contribution Coordinator