What is the difference between individual NetBeans Update Centers?
There are several types of NetBeans Update Center (UC): Distribution, Certified, Plugin Portal and Development. Different Update Centers are available in different types of builds. The following table explains the differences.
|UC Type||Build Type||Purpose|
|Distribution||Beta/RC/FCS builds||Plugins that are a part of the NetBeans distribution itself. The plugins on this Update Center are used by users of specialized (smaller) NetBeans download bundles (Java SE, Java EE, C++, PHP) to enlarge the set of features of their installation up to the full content of the All download bundle. This Update Center is also used for distributing updates.|
|Certified||Beta/RC/FCS builds||Plugins with no P1 bug, must be internationalized, accessible, with automatic generation of l10n kit.|
|Plugin Portal||RC/FCS builds||Plugins from Plugin Portal which were verified by a group of community plugin reviewers for the particular NB release, based on request for verification triggered by the plugin owner. Some more information on this.|
|Development||Development builds||Quality of plugins is not determined. May only contain plugins whose sources are hosted in the NetBeans Mercurial repository.|
Here are some Update Centers used for experimental, alpha and/or nightly builds during NetBeans development (refer to the Development UC in the table above). Use at your own risk.
|Static Development UC||http://updates.netbeans.org/netbeans/updates/dev/uc/final/main/catalog.xml|
|Dynamic Development UC||http://deadlock.netbeans.org/hudson/job/nbms-and-javadoc/lastStableBuild/artifact/nbbuild/nbms/updates.xml.gz|