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DRAFT: List of Broken Links and Pages With Wrong Content

Members of the NetBeans Dream Team have identified the following problems on and would like them to be updated/changed.


NetBeans Partners page needs to be updated. Identified by Geertjan

Mistakes found by Tom Wheeler

Front page is quite confusing. It has a photo of a box labeled "NetBeans IDE 7.0" immediately adjacent to a large heading "NetBeans IDE 6.9.1", below which is a button that says "Download FREE NetBeans IDE 6.9.1." On the other side of that is a prominent image which says "NetBeans IDE 7.0 Release Candidate 1 Available." I think most new users would be baffled by this -- should they download 7.0, 6.9.1 or 7.0 Release Candidate 1? All images are of basically equal prominence and there is no guidance about versions there.

OpenSolaris logo has been removed from set of icons at bottom of most pages, but still appears on bottom of some (such as IssueZilla: This should be consistent. I also notice that Project Kenai logo appears on the IssueZilla page but missing from the main page. The plugin portal doesn't have any logos (which is probably the best choice of all).

There is an article "Five New Java Champions Elected (The Java Source)" under NetBeans Community News ( I don't understand how this relates to NetBeans. The page linked to does not discuss how these people contribute to NetBeans or even use NetBeans. In fact, NetBeans is not even mentioned in the article at all. Likewise, the article "Oracle TechCast: "Java and Oracle, One Year Later" Replay" ( does not mention NetBeans at all.

History page (, "The Early Years" section. Missing a space after 4.1 ("netBeans 4.1was built on"). Also, the history page seems to say very little about the last five years of history; there's no mention of anything concrete beyond 5.0. The quote "It also worth noting that almost all of the original architects are still involved in the project" seems to be missing an "is". While it may have been factually correct in 2005, is it still accurate in 2011? I have a picture of the dozen or so original students working on NetBeans in 1997. How many of them are still working on it now?

Legal Materials ( Why does all of this stuff still say Sun? This is a very brief page and I see "Sun" twice, along with "SCA" twice and links to various documents on the domain. I would assume that it should say Oracle now. Oracle obviously updated this page to link to their privacy policy, so why did they leave everything else untouched?

NetBeans is Open Source page (

"Development of the Platform and IDE happen in public. Decisions are made on public mailing lists, by consensus." does not seem to reflect how Oracle does things with respect to NetBeans. IMHO, either the behavior or the description of what to expect needs to change so they are congruent.

Contact Form (

I really hate submitting things into a black box. The form does not tell you where the message went exactly, and there is no way to follow up afterwards should you receive no response. In general, I think that organizations with opaque contact forms like this are sending a message that they're really not interested in what you have to say. I can understand the need to avoid spam (though no effort is made to mask e-mail addresses on the public mailing lists), but you should at least provide the name and/or e-mail address to whom the message was sent in the confirmation page, since they would have completed the security task at that point to prove it's not a spam bot.

NetBeans Features ( NetBeans Platform heading: "Tools for Rich client application development". Why is "Rich" capitalized here?

"Lexer API for creating tokens from a textual input." This is NOT a platform feature -- it's an IDE feature. The lexer is not part of NetBeans Platform sources.

The OSGi heading is missing a horizontal rule below the blue "OSGi" text like every other heading has. Additionally, all the text in the OSGi section is in blue, unlike any other section on the page.

IMHO, NetBeans Platform is not being given a place of prominence on this page. It's stuck at the bottom, below even those IDE features which have been abandoned as part of Oracle's future development of the IDE (Ruby, Groovy, etc.). There are few bullet points underneath this topic, compared with things like PHP or Mobile development. The things listed there are just a list -- they don't seem to be written to excite or demonstrate useful benefits to the reader.

IssueZilla page (

"For website, source code repository, or mailing list problems file an issue against the www project." The "component" is required on the ""Enter new issue page", but there is no component for mailing lists. There is not even an "unknown" or "other" category. In general, I think requiring a component is a mistake (IIRC this is a fairly recent change) since some people won't know what to select and will abandon the attempt rather than choose the wrong thing, but at a minimum, you need to have a right thing to choose in all cases and this doesn't have one.

Priorities (linked text from the Enter New Issue page: URL = "This field describes the importance and order in which a bug should be fixed. This field is utilized by the programmers/engineers to prioritize their work to be done. The available priorities range from P1 (most important) to P5 (least important). "

OK, so how do I know what to choose? IIRC, there used to be some useful description of how to set it (e.g. P1 means you're unable to proceed and there is no known workaround, P2 means it's slowing down your work a lot but you're still able to move on, P5 is a cosmetic issue, etc.). If I am remembering this correctly, why was it removed and how was this change communicated? If it's not intended that the issue submitter sets it (Issue Type seems to be closer to what Priority used to be), then why are submitters allowed to set it?

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