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NetBeans inconsistencies
Saturday, May 10, 2008

I've been working on a Java system, with Swing (JFC) at the front end, for a few months now. I'm using NetBeans to do all the development and I've been through 3 version of the same IDE: 5.x, 6.0, and now 6.1.

I'm not sure if Sun changes the whole development group from minor version to minor version, but there is no other way to explain the annoying inconsistencies of the UI. For example, in each version the key combo to format code has changed; Ctrl-B, in 6.0 used to take me to the definition of the class, method, or field, and in 6.1 I have to use Ctrl-Shift-B; the formatting of code is all over the place: if I have an empty line between fields, I want to keep the empty line (it's there for a reason).

Anyway, enough griping. The IDE is fine and it works well under some circumstances; however, from time to time the UI becomes unresponsive, and I can crash it while debugging every time: change code in the middle of a session and then stop the debugger...You got it, crash...I'm sure I'm not the only noticing these things. I just hope 6.2 doesn't have me re-learning key binding again.

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