Posts tagged ‘steam’

Threw in the towel for using netbeans

I admitted defeat in using netbeans for doing anything useful. I tend to waste my time trying to fix the colors so that I can read the code, and that if I didn’t get totally frustrated from simple actions not happening as expected. Simple things like dependencies between maven modules should be happening automatically. If you used intelliJ’s idea and set auto-compilation to true, and change a class in one module, it will automatically build the dependent modules and fire errors if necessary.

There are several issues some of which are poorly written code. For example this bug report ( http://bit.ly/YoLKxY ) during typing javascript the editor will block to update the document structure. Since the primary function of an editor is to edit, then that should not be blocked by any other secondary function enhancing the editing. Things like auto-complete would block editing and for every few character I type I will have to click Esc just to continue editing. Formatting of HTML, JSP and JavaScript during editing is totally screwed up. Even though the setting will specify a certain location for braces and indents, things will end up in totally different locations and they won’t be fixed until you mark the whole code and reformat it.

For their credit they have a very good core integration with maven. However, features are not finished nicely all the way to the end. I really don’t know if the project is losing volunteers and that’s why it is adequately tested or it is being steered to the death path to be replaced by an even slower and worse project aka JDeveloper.