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Revision as of 10:29, 28 March 2011

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List of Infrastructure Problems/Solutions

Members of the NetBeans Dream Team have identified the following problems in the NetBeans infrastructure and suggests the solutions below.

Communication

Problem: Changes to infrastructure are often poorly communicated (see Ivan/Emilian's recent thread on nbdev, which Wade forwarded to the list). This apparently even affects people inside of Oracle, and is much worse for people in the community since don't have access to intranet, company meetings, meeting developers in the cafeteria at lunchtime, etc. Additionally, changes to infrastructure seem to be made without regard to how it will affect work done by others. As an example, I have easily spent > 100 hours editing things in the FAQ. In the last five years, it moved from java.net Wiki to JSPWiki to Media Wiki and the Web-based mailing list archives have also recently changed. These changes have broken many links in the FAQ.

Solutions:

Website Changes

Problem: Nobody outside of Oracle can edit the netbeans.org Web site, aside from the Wiki (see my comments on nbdiscuss)

Solutions:

Mirror Sites

Problem: No mirror sites for netbeans.org downloads (see my comments on this list). I have documented problems in which I was unable to download releases from the Akamai download system you use now, both from home and work. These problems are intermittent, but continue even now, and have prevented me from participating in 7.0 beta testing in any meaningful way.

Solutions:

Website Instability

Problem: NetBeans web site is unstable (see #195839)

Solutions:

Forums/Mailing List

Problem: Integration between mailing lists and forums is poor (#196415)

Solutions:

Mailing List Search

Problem: Mailing list search feature is broken (#195966)

Solutions:

Mailing List Latency

Problem: Mailing lists seem to suffer from latency problems. There will be no messages for hours, then a dozen messages will all show up at once (i.e. within one minute of another). The message headers show messages having been delayed for several hours, though I cannot say defintively whether the problem is on NetBeans side or GMail (but I'd guess it is more likely NetBeans).

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