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Netbeans 6.0 pre-beta first impressions

When I saw that Tim Bray upgraded to a Netbeans 6 daily-build and it seemed to work OK, I just had to give it a try myself and I'm glad I did. I've been using it for a solid day now and I can tell that it's going to be a vast improvement over 5.5. It's fast. It starts up way faster than 5.5, seems faster overall and shutdown is almost instantaneous. Bravo! What else?

Tim was impressed by the hip new JRuby support, and I'll give that a try, but right now I'm digging the more routine things, things that I've been missing from Eclipse like multi-file search & replace, local history and a smart editor. The only thing I miss from Eclipse now is this: Netbeans has a nice Ctrl-Shft-O to Go To Type feature and I use it all the time; why can't we have a nice slick Ctrl-Shft-R Go To Resource like Eclipse does?

Anyhow... NB6 is looking good already, so if you're using 5.5, you might want to take the latest milestone Netbeans 6.0 M7 or one of the dailies for a spin.


Is it possible to run a single JUnit test method yet? I had to ditch Netbeans because the junit support was so lacking.

Posted by ocean on February 28, 2007 at 04:33 PM EST #

True. JUnit support has been a sore point for a while and your comment reminds me how much I miss the green bar / red bar of Eclipse's JUnit feature.

I've been able to run single JUnit tests in Netbeans since 5.0, but because Roller is a "free-form" project with a hand-coded Ant file, I had to hack some ugly XML code into the project.xml file and some Netbeans specific Ant tasks to make it happen.

I'm pretty sure that running single unit tests is easy in plain-old projects and has been for a while -- you just select the test and pick Run-Debug File.

Posted by Dave Johnson on February 28, 2007 at 05:58 PM EST #

Well you can run an entire JUnit TestCase which means running all the testXXX methods in the TestCase. But you can't run a single testXXX method. I might be able to hack it up if I didn't use Netbeans' build.xml. Anyways I'll poke at it later.

Posted by ocean on March 01, 2007 at 05:24 PM EST #

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