NetBeans71PatchingProcessReview

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Review of Patching Process in NetBeans 7.1

Based on feedback of !NetCat72 community we realized several problems and possible confusions from users point of view while distributing patches and releasing minor releases of NetBeans simultaneously - tracked as Issue 211076.

Plan

7.2

  • Install updates of Autoupdate with other updates together, suppress preference Autoupdate to other module - Issue 211734
  • Run installation of updates on background and just show progress in the status line - Issue 211735
  • Suppress license agreement on licenses which was already approved - Issue 211736
  • Show notification about available update immediately when activated any feature (e.g. PHP Support) - Issue 211737
  • UC can describe own content and show it somewhere in IDE - Issue 211741
  • Improve About box to show if IDE is up-to-date to given state (e.g. All plugins up-to-date to 7.2 Patch1) (TBD Petr)
    • Link to all resolved bugs in given patch

Post 7.2

  • When there is a new release (point or full), download installer on the background and run it from NetBeans. This is similar to Firefox - Issue 211739
  • Allow to launch IDE directly from installer - Issue 211740
  • Installer installs a upgrade (i.e.replacement) of older IDE installation - Issue 108684

Declined

  • Improve creating NetBeans splash and use text field instead of graphic, text read from bundle - Issue 211076
  • Reduce patching on showstoppers only and publish minor releases as upgrades (i.e. new bits with own installer)
  • Either install updates of disabled modules, or install latest version of module when activate a feature

Why

Patching in NetBeans 7.1 from users point of view

First start of 7.1 IDE
  • Fresh install of NetBeans 7.1
  • An user can see a notification 1 update found


Update of Autoupdate Services found
  • The update contains an update of Autoupdate module


12 other updates found
  • After installation of update of Autoupdate and restart IDE, user can see notification that rest of updates is read for update
Content of updates



14 updates found
  • Fine. All updates are installed and s/he can start using IDE.
  • Create a Java Application. Because it's the fresh IDE, Java feature is still switched off. IDE activates Java feature.

==> IDE is semi-updated now. Platform is up-to-date but Java has not been updated yet.

  • S/he does coding, testing, whatever.
  • On the next round checking for updates (once a week as the default) another bunch of updated will be offered to user.
Update of Java feature


Status of Java feature
Subversion plugin was patched
  • An user would like know if Java feature was updated or not. Opens Plugins, switch to Installed tab and select Java feature but there no indication about the update.
  • After switch into Showing details view and mark e.g. Subversion plugin. In plugin description is a note about !NetBeans7.1PatchesInfo


New release is available
  • Notification of available upgrade IDE


Problems

  • Autoupdate doesn't update disabled modules
  • Missing a solid feedback about the patch what is being installed.
  • Missing a evident mark what release+patch is currently installed (e.g. NetBeans7.1 with Patch1 included)
  • Confusing installing updates in several steps
    • First step: Install update of Autoupdate
    • Seconds step: Other updates of active modules
    • Third steps later: Further updates of modules what became active recently
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