What is the difference between individual NetBeans Update Centers?
There are several types of NetBeans Update Center (UC): Stable, Beta, Development, 3rd Party, Plugin Portal and HotFixes. The following table explains the differences:
|Stable||Modules with no P1/P2 bugs, must be internationalized, accessible, with automatic generation of l10n kit and test specifications|
|Beta||Modules with no P1 bugs, must not break core functionality and must be tested on supported platforms|
|Development||Quality of modules is not determined|
|Plugin Portal||Community contributed and verified plugins from Plugin Portal (since NetBeans 6.0) Some more information on this.|
|3rd Party||For commercial vendors (modules with closed source license, limited functionality, trial versions etc.)|
|HotFixes||Only for patched modules (obsolete since NetBeans 6.0)|
All of the Update Center Types are publicly accessible but some of them are not visible by default according to the following rules:
|Build Type||Available UC Type(s)|
|Development builds||Only Development UCs registered and turned on|
|Beta/RC/FCS builds||Stable, Beta, 3rd Party and Plugin Portal UCs|
Here are some Update Centers used for experimental, alpha and/or nightly builds during NetBeans development. Use at your own risk.
|Static Development UC||http://updates.netbeans.org/netbeans/updates/dev/uc/final/main/catalog.xml|
|Dynamic Development UC||http://deadlock.netbeans.org/hudson/job/nbms-and-javadoc/lastStableBuild/artifact/nbbuild/nbms/updates.xml.gz|