NetBeans 7.1 Documentation Plan



This plan covers information deliverables for the NetBeans IDE 7.1 release that are created by the staff members of the NetBeans docs team.

If you want to provide your feedback or make your suggestion on a good topic to write about, contact NetBeans Docs team directly at
nbdocs_feedback at usersguide.netbeans.org


For the NetBeans 7.1 release, the focus for documentation falls into the following categories:

  • Docs Support for 7.1 Release Themes
  • Create new docs (or update existing ones) to demonstrate the use of new 7.1 features with the focus on the following primary and secondary topics:
  • JavaFX 2.0
  • Visual Debugger
  • GUI Builder
  • Git Support
  • Editor Improvements
  • Java EE (CDI, Glassfish 3.1, Oracle WebLogic)
  • Web languages (CSS3)
  • Create new docs for areas to extend the current documentation or fill in the existing documentation gaps:
  • OSGi, Junit
  • Update existing docs for other technologies to ensure they are valid for 7.1
  • 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 existing docs will be updated to work with the 7.1 release.
  • Help
  • Context-sensitive topics for complex dialogs and wizards will receive the most attention.

Documentation Deliverables for 7.1

  1. See the NetBeans 7.1 Documentation Table for a complete list of existing tutorials and screencasts maintained by the staff writers of the NetBeans docs team.
  2. The table below lists only new documentation deliverables planned by the staff writers of the NetBeans docs team:
Technology Document Format Owner Milestone Notes URL

Doc Milestones

Doc milestones are set against the overall release milestones that are shown on the NetBeans 7.1 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
Beta 1 Staging site ready August 30, 2011 August 30, 2011 Tentatively, 1 month before Beta
Beta content review September 23, 2011 1 week before Beta release
Beta 1 Release September 30, 2011 Beta content published
NetCAT Review start Call for review by NetCAT team
Code Freeze October 27, 2011 Online Help 100% complete
FCS staging server ready October 30, 2011 Tentatively 1 month before FCS; All docs are 80% complete, new docs 90% complete
FCS content review November 15, 2011 Tentatively 2 weeks before FCS
FCS November 30, 2011 Web content 100% ready; Docs kit delivered to L10n

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