NB6NetCATEditorSurvey

6.0 NetCat Editor Survey

We've got 36 responses from NetCat participants.

1. What type of projects do you typically use?

Project type Votes
Standard NetBeans projects 29
Projects with existing sources 13
Projects with existing Ant script 8


2. What file types do you edit the most?

File type Votes
Java 36
XML 19
JSP/JSF 18
Properties 5
C/C++ 4
JS 4
other (votes<4) 17


3. What new 6.0 Editor features do you find most useful?

Feature Votes
Syntax highlighting 17
Code Completion 17
Hints 12
Formatting 5
Instant rename 4
Generate code 3
Refactorings 3
Diff 3
Live templates 3
Javadoc generation 3
Other (<3) 7


4. How do you feel about the new Code Completion? Do you always get what you are expecting?

Satisfied 30
Not satisfied 5
Don't know 1


Common complaints:

  • Need to import classes to get smart code completion (2x - issue 119871)
  • Parameter names filling (2x)
  • Improve code compleiton for constructors (2x)
  • Problems in JSP
  • Don't get the right method
  • Code completion tries to be too smart
  • 3 types of code completion are too much

5. What Editor settings do you change from their default values?

Settings Votes
None 8
Fonts & colors 12
Indentation 11
Line numbers 8
Text limit line 7
Formatting 6
Colapse folds 4
Expand tabs to spaces 4
Hints 3
Other (<3) 6


6. Which Refactoring actions do you use?

Refactoring Votes
Rename 31
Move 16
Encapsulate fields 16
Introduce (method,field,constant) 8
Copy 5
Pull up/Push down 4
Annonymous to inner 4
Instant rename 3
Inner to outer 2
Extract interface/super class 2
Safe delete 1


7. What are the most serious problems in Editor that should be definitely fixed before FCS?

Problem Votes Status
No showstoppers 14
Error badges on files, folders 6 #118784, #119669, #104665 - fixed, maybe others
Code completion performance 2
Nesting of completion of method arguments 2 #85978
Formatting 2 #119003 - fixed , maybe others
Wrong errors shown in JSP 2
Indentation sometime lost 1 #118034 - fixed
Tooltip does not respect newlines 1 #115796
Performance of reformat action 1 #113805 - fixed
Bugs in refactoring in general 1
Bugs in hints in general 1
Missing bean info 1 feature planned for next release
Export settings 1 feature planned for next release
Visual web performance 1
Bug in code completion in general 1
Handling @link in javadoc 1 #117748
Instant rename does not change javadoc 1 #102669
Wrong error shown in editor 1 #111218
Caret position after expanding fold 1 #119831
Performance of opening package 1 #119670
Performance of navigator 1 #120222

Status shows state at Oct 30

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