NB68DocPlan

NetBeans 6.8 Documentation Plan

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Introduction

This plan is the umbrella plan that covers information deliverables for the NetBeans IDE 6.8 release created by the staff members of the NetBeans docs team.

Approach

For the NetBeans 6.8 release, the focus for documentation falls into the following categories:

  • Docs Support for 6.8 New Features and Release Priorities
  • Create new docs (or update existing ones) to demonstrate the use of new 6.8 features, with the focus on the following topics:
  • Support for Java EE 6 and Glassfish v3 releases
  • Maven
  • PHP development
  • Connected Developers (kenai.com)
  • Editor and Java Improvements
  • C/C++ functionality
  • Embedded browser
  • Update existing docs for other technologies to ensure they are valid for 6.8
  • Provide deeper end-to-end tutorials to address more complex user scenarios that leverage existing functionality and demonstrate the use of other Sun platforms and products.
  • Create screencasts and demos to show the new features of the IDE or user workflow and provide practical instructions.
  • New Content and Updates
  • New content will be created for the priority areas listed above, plus critical 6.7 docs will be updated to work with the 6.8 release.
  • Help
  • Context-sensitive topics for complex dialogs and wizards will receive the most attention. Comprehensiveness is a non-goal.
  • Documentation on DVD
  • Tutorials and video materials (web content) are also packaged for offline use and distributed on DVDs.

Who Does What

See the Who Does What for NetBeans 6.8 Docs table for a list of owners for each area covered by the NetBeans documentation team.

Doc Plans and Documentation Deliverables for 6.8

  1. See the NetBeans 6.8 Documentation Table for a list of tutorials and screencasts, including older tutorials that still work for 6.8 (or which will be updated for 6.8). This list includes all documents maintained by the staff writers of the NetBeans docs team.
  2. For details about docs delivered for priority topics, see the following mini-plans:
  1. As the NetBeans IDE is closely connected to the Kenai Project, there are information deliverables that are related to it. For more information about the Kenai.com documentation, see Useful Links.

Doc Milestones

Doc milestones are set against the overall release milestones that are shown on the NetBeans 6.8 page

Note that the documentation delivery dates in this table will change if the milestones that they are tied to change.

Milestone Estimated Date Actual Date Notes
Feature Readiness Check August 19, 2009 August 19, 2009 Features are reviewed by docs
Feature Freeze September 6
Beta Staging site ready Tentatively, 2 weeks before Beta
Beta content review Sept 16 October 1 4 days before Beta release
Beta Release September 21 October 5 Beta content published
UI Freeze October 19
Online Help 100% complete October 26
Code Freeze October 30
RC1 November 9 All docs are 80% complete, new docs 90% complete
FCS staging server ready November 10 Staging FCS content
FCS content review November 20 Tentatively 2 weeks before FCS
FCS content ready November 23 Web content 100% ready
FCS December 01 Sanity check after push; Docs kit delivered to L10n


Useful Links

The following links include the NetBeans IDE and Kenai.com documentation:

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