NetBeans Community Acceptance Testing program (NetCAT)


Welcome to the NetBeans IDE community testing initiative! If you have not heard about NetCAT before, please read what it's all about. Simply put, the goal of NetCAT program is to get early feedback on the main features and confirmation from NetBeans community that quality of the product is ready for FCS release.


Both NetCAT program and Community Acceptance (CA) survey are open for the whole NetBeans community in order to obtain as much objective feedback on the RC build quality as possible. We kindly ask all potential participants to read responsibilities of NetCAT participant before joining the program in order to understand and adhere to NetCAT etiquette rules.

Members of the NetCAT program enjoy special privileges. They have an opportunity to nominate bugs which they and their colleagues consider critical to the success of the NetBeans IDE. Members who submit bugs during this program have their bugs marked with a prefix that guarantees special attention from developers and QE engineers. Additionally, they can request new features for future releases. Finally, the most helpful members will receive a special gift for the voluntary work, of course. The most important thing is that we want our community to accept the NetBeans IDE 7.0 release. Your views and opinions are important to us!


Smooth communication and gathering quality feedback in the NetCAT program is based on the following elements:

Item Description Action
Mailing list Archived e-mail alias for communication between NetCAT team members. [View archive]
[View Gmane archive]
[View Nabble archive]
Web forum Web accessible forum for communication of NetCAT team members. [Access forum]
Simple bug forms A special one-step form to submit issues and a simplified bug query form for quick and easy use. [Report new issue]
[Search an issue]
Dashboard Overall bug dashboard includes NetCAT column reflecting quality status of NetBeans development builds according to NetCAT team. [Take a look]
Reported issues statistic Comparison of activity of individual NetCAT participants in terms of submitted bugs. [Take a look]

[Show bugs]
[Show RFEs]

CA survey Special form prepared for Community Acceptance phase where everybody from NetBeans users community get a chance to express their opinions on RC build quality and release readiness. [Preview]

Brief time schedule

This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the 4 months during the NetCAT program. Please note that dates beyond Beta 2 release are tentative.

  • 11/1 - Program announced on nbusers and nbdev lists. Volunteers joining NetCAT.
  • 11/8 - NetCAT team starts testing daily builds.
  • 11/12 - NetBeans 7.0 Beta #1 release
  • 11/16 - First weekly report sent.
  • 11/18 - NetCAT Tribe Leaders coordination meeting (transcript)
  • 12/24 - 12/31 - Christmas break
  • 2/7 - Tribes certification of Beta 2
  • 2/17 - NetBeans 7.0 Beta #2 release
  • 2/17 - Documentation review
  • 2/18 - Early CA research
  • 3/10 - Tribes certification of RC
  • 3/11 - Final CA survey questions defined.
  • 3/22 - NetBeans 7.0 RC release, CA survey opened
  • 4/4 - CA survey closed, results processed.
  • 4/5 - Last weekly report sent.
  • 4/12 - NetBeans 7.0 FCS release, NetCAT game over

Current status

The NetCAT 7.0 program is closed. Community Acceptance survey has been closed and results are publicly available. We have also published activity of all NetCAT 7.0 participants. Results from Satisfaction survey are available too.

[ NetCAT FAQs | NetCAT Etiquette | NetCAT Participants | 7.0 Quality Criteria | NetCAT 6.9 ]

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