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 Beta and RC builds 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. Bugs submitted by participants get special attention from both NetBeans developers and QE engineers. NetCAT participants can also edit Wiki pages without CAPTCHA checks and their exception reports are immediately filed as new bugs. Finally, the most helpful members will receive a special gift for the voluntary work plus recommendation via LinkedIn. The most important thing is that we want our community to accept the NetBeans IDE 7.4 release. Your views and opinions are important to us so don't hesitate and join NetCAT program!

Joining NetCAT program is easy. Just fill out the registration form and after it is submitted subscribe to mailing list via provided "Subscribe" button. That's all!


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 is granted one week after formation of the NetCAT team. [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 Bug dashboard contains NetCAT specific page reflecting progress of testing development builds. [Take a look]
Reported issues statistic Comparison of activity of individual NetCAT participants in terms of submitted bugs. [Show statistics]

[Query Bugzilla]

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]

Time schedule

This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the 3 months during the NetCAT program. It is also available as Google Calendar.

  • 5/24 - NetCAT 7.4 announced, volunteers start joining
  • 6/7 - Tribes created
  • 6/7 - Test specifications review started
  • 6/11 - First weekly report sent
  • 6/13 - Test specifications reviewed
  • 6/14 - Beta readiness check through 6/18
  • 7/7 - Test specifications updated
  • 7/11 - Beta released
  • 7/15 - Documentation review started
  • 7/22 - Normalized full testing started
  • 7/26 - Top voted bugs check point
  • 8/5 - Early CA research through 8/11
  • 9/6 - Final CA survey questions defined
  • 9/12 - RC readiness check through 9/16
  • 9/13 - CA survey developed & tested
  • 9/17 - RC released, CA survey opened
  • 10/4 - FCS certification through 10/7
  • 10/7 - CA survey closed, results published
  • 10/8 - NetCAT satisfaction survey through 10/13
  • 10/14 - NetCAT team activity calculated
  • 10/15 - Last weekly report sent
  • 10/18 - NetCAT game over

Current status

The NetCAT 7.4 program has been officially closed. Community Acceptance survey has been closed and results are publicly available. We have also published activity of all NetCAT 7.4 participants. Results from Satisfaction survey are available too. Finally, you can take a look at activity charts comparing NetCAT 7.4 program with average activity calculated from previous 8 NetCAT programs.

Activity in NetCAT 7.4 program
Bug statistics in NetCAT 7.4 program

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