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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. If you are more interested in contributing source code, NetFIX program should be a better choice for you.


Both NetCAT program and Community Acceptance (CA) survey are open for the whole NetBeans community in order to obtain as much objective feedback on the RC build 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. They have an opportunity to nominate bugs which they and their colleagues consider critical to the success of the NetBeans IDE. Members who submit bugs during this program have their bugs marked with a prefix that guarantees special attention from developers and QE engineers. Additionally, they can request new features for future releases. Finally, there are some gifts ready for the most helpful members, of course. The most important thing is that we want our community to accept the release. Your views and opinions are important to us!


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 forum]
Marked issues All issues filed by program members are highlighted by a special prefix. [Show the bugs]
[Show the RFEs]
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 Overall dashboard includes NetCAT column reflecting quality status of NetBeans development builds according to NetCAT team. [Take a look]
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]

Brief time schedule

This is a rough plan of important announcements, milestones and tasks scheduled for the 3 months during the NetCAT program.

  • 3/8 - Program announced on nbusers and nbdev lists. Volunteers subscribe to NetCAT mailing list.
  • 3/15 - NetCAT team starts testing the latest daily builds.
  • 3/23 - First weekly report sent.
  • 4/22 - NetBeans 6.9 Beta release
  • 4/23 - Early CA research
  • 4/29 - Final CA survey questions defined.
  • 5/10 - NetBeans 6.9 RC release, CA survey opened
  • 5/24 - CA survey closed, results processed.
  • 6/1 - Last weekly report sent.
  • 6/9 - NetBeans 6.9 FCS release, NetCAT game over

Current status

NetCAT 6.9 is running according to the plan. NetCAT participants are now testing NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta and provide their findings via mailing list or BugZilla.

[ NetCAT FAQs | NetCAT Etiquette | NetCAT Participants | NetCAT 6.8 ]

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