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oLinux.com.br: Netbeans: evolution through colaborative development

Dec 26, 2000, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"OLinux: How is the development coordinated? What kynd of tests do you do before the improvment releasing?"

"Tim Boudreau: Being a fairly new open-source project, we are still defining the release process for NetBeans. It's important to distinguish here between NetBeans releases and Sun's Forte for Java distribution of the IDE. NetBeans 3.1 will be released on netbeans.org sometime in the next few weeks, and will include features that will not appear in Forte for Java for another six months."

"When setting up the NetBeans.org site, we did not want to create a lot of structure or process arbitrarily, so we only defined those things (like how to get involved in the project) that absolutely needed to be defined. This is a philosophical approach - wherever you create process, you create perverse incentives. So the better solution is, when something needs to be done, someone volunteers to handle it, and you then look at the successes and failures that happen, and use that as the model (or anti-model) for the next time."

"So when it became apparent that it was a good time to do a release, a couple of developers stepped up to the plate, started a discussion on the development mailing list about how to go forward with it, and it is happening. There is a parallel discussion happening about the roadmap for the next release. So the next one will probably have a somewhat different feel and process - but that is exactly what should happen: an evolution."

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