Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NetBeans IDE 7 Cookbook Review

I have just read the NetBeans IDE 7 Cookbook, by Rhawi Dantas, so it is time for a quick review. This book, as most cookbook titles, is basically a collection of recipes which guide the reader, step by step, to accomplish each task. The recipes are divided basically in four sections:
  • Getting ready: helping the reader to organize the environment;
  • How to do it: a step-by-step guide throw the IDE interface;
  • How it works: a description of how it works and basically what the IDE do for you;
  • There's more: an additional description of how you can extend the procedure of the addressed task.
One of the first thing I always like to see in a book is if it is easy to read and specially easy to understand. NetBeans IDE 7 Cookbook is really ease to understand and the recipes are friendly to reproduce and follow. I should add that most images has a really good quality.

Another point I have liked at this book is that the first thing that is told at every chapter is what this chapter gonna cover and why it could be important for you, or not. It is really helpful when you are not a beginner.

There are some flaws at this book, that probably was caused by schedule issues. For example, this book focus on NetBeans IDE 7.0 but to follow the samples about JavaFX you need NetBeans 6.9.1. As far as I know, we can already use a beta support for JavaFX 2 at NetBeans 7.0. Another point is that there is no coverage for CVS at Version Control chapter. Some companies still use it and when you are migrating from another tool, this kind of information could be helpful.

My personal opinion is that this book is not intended for NetBeans advanced users, so if you already have experience with NetBeans, this book probably is not for you. If you are a beginner or are starting with NetBeans, this book will help you through some common development process using this amazing tool. If you would like to take a look at the book, you can read a sample chapter or even take a look at the official book's website for more information.

Happy coding!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NetBeans IDE 7 Cookbook review and another news

First of all, probably some of you have already heard NetBeans has announced it has reached the mark of 1.000.000 active users. That is an impressive mark and we hope this tool could help even more people in the future. Following this good news, I have been contacted by Packt Publishing to read and review its new book NetBeans IDE 7 Cookbook, written by Rhawi Dantas. You can take a look in a sample chapter at the book's page too.

I am really happy to see another Brazilian guy working and writing about this amazing tool and eager to be here soon again talking more about this new NetBeans book and my impressions about it.

Happy coding!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NetBeans 7.0 RC1 already available for download

The NetBeans Team has just make available a new test version of next major release of the NetBeans IDE. Take a look at the official announcement:
The NetBeans Team is pleased to announce that the first release candidate build of NetBeans IDE 7.0 is now available for download.

Download the release candidate build and provide feedback on our mailing lists and forums, file reports, or contact us via Twitter. The final release of NetBeans IDE 7.0 is planned for April.
Well, it is time to test it and the countdown for the FCS has already started. Happy coding!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NetBeans 7.0 Beta 2 just release!

It is a really note just to make all you know NetBeans 7.0 Beta 2 is out! It is available with Git support, so, it is time again to give a try to this new version. For more information about this new version, take a look at the official web page. To get the Git plugin, download Beta 2; In the IDE, go to Tools --> Plugins --> Available Plugins.

Happy coding!