Friday, April 07, 2006

Netbeans Community Chat

Check out the first NetBeans chat - a lot of good ideas of what needs to be done in Netbeans, as well as a good feel of the important people around the development. Lots of good ideas from the chat and I'll be looking forward to seeing them : e.g. setting up a centralized wiki for NetBeans, setting up some RSS feeds about new documentation and stuff, setting up a centralized spot with useful update centers, etc.

Reading through the chat makes me think about something.. I do believe NetBeans is superior to Eclipse - seriously, I've tried to set up Eclipse on a few occasions (e.g. JBossIDE), but after the first hour of trying to install everything I need, I just give up.. In NetBeans, everything just comes in integrated very nicely. However, one thing that I think Netbeans is behind Eclipse is tool support for various projects - e.g. xdoclet tag completion (although there is a pretty good shot at creating a module), better hibernate support, etc. I do think that one of the reasons that a lot of people go for Eclipse is that it just has a little tool that supports what they're currently doing..

Something else that is NetBeans related that I just remembered - I was really bummed out when I found out that Nokia has moved their IDE to Eclipse (with carbidej and I guess carbideC+).. I was really happy to just install their Nokia Developer Suite and have some extensions to my NetBeans install...

Monday, April 03, 2006

wait for another month for e61

Now, Mobilebee says there are 17 more days until the e61 become available. This kinda sucks, since this is the 2nd or 3rd delay in a row.. It says 17 days, but who knows whether there isn't going to be another delay after that. And even if they do release is then, it's gonna be a few days until the handsets become available to Mobilebee, and then another couple of days until they ship it to me... Of course it's not their fault, Nokia was supposed to release it in Q1.. In summary, life sucks today..

On a related note, I am reading a book about developing for Series 60.. The first time I read through the first couple of chapters, I have to say that many of the concepts in developing for Symbian were quite difficult to grasp.. I did suspect that I've been living in Java land for too long, becoming almost complacent cause Java is so great (no seriously)... So, a lot of the things in how things were done in C++ on Symbian were not very clear.. I put the book aside for a couple of days, dove into "Thinking in C++" (thanks Bruce Eckel"), and several days later re-emerged and started reading the Series 60 book again.. The difference is huge, and now pretty much everything makes sense and is much easier to follow... I've only read the first few chapters of the book, but all in all, I like it a lot (it doesn't try to oversimplify things).