NetBeans 6.5 released

Great news for NetBeans users, NetBeans 6.5 has been released. I’ve been using the development versions for quite some time. Mainly use it for my school’s Java assignment. I was previously using Eclipse. I kinda prefer NetBeans now.

NetBeans.org is proud to announce the availability of NetBeans IDE 6.5!

NetBeans IDE 6.5 offers simplified and rapid development of web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications with PHP, JavaScript, Java, C/C++, Ruby, and Groovy.

New features include a robust IDE for PHP, JavaScript debugging for Firefox and IE, and support for Groovy and Grails. The release also delivers a number of enhancements for Java, Ruby on Rails, and C/C++ development. Java highlights include: built-in support for Hibernate, Eclipse project import, and compile on save. Combining excellent out of the box experience, compelling features, and a great plugin ecosystem, NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a must-download for all developers.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 is currently available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. There are several community contributed localization efforts underway to support additional languages. Join the efforts today. (Source: NetBeans)

NetBeans 6.5 now comes with a plugin that lets you code PHP. I tried it and thought it is pretty decent. I haven’t really used it much on PHP. The inbuilt SVN is cool. It would be cooler if they could support Git. Git isn’t well supported in Windows and it’d be great if NetBeans could do something about it.

You can download NetBeans 6.5 now.

WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 available

WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 has been made available. WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 sports a new user interface, speed enhancements and more. I think the new user interface is worth an SVN checkout. Still WordPress 2.7 remains to be rather premature with some minor bugs yet to be ironed out. I won’t be upgrading this blog right now, but definitely will when it is released.

Speaking of the final release, it will not be available on November 10th as originally scheduled. We are two weeks behind schedule at the moment. We need a little more time to finish the visual design, do a round of user testing against that finished design, and do a proper round of public beta testing. Our plan is to keep working as if Nov. 10 is still the release date. However, instead of releasing the final 2.7 on the 10th, we will make a release candidate available instead. The release candidate is intended to be a high-quality, almost-finished release that we are comfortable recommending for broad use. After Nov. 10, the focus will be on fixing high impact bugs turned up by those of you testing the release candidate. I suspect 2.7 will be ready for final release by the end of November. A specific date will be set as we progress through the public beta cycle and get a feel for how solid the release is. (Source: WordPress blog)

And of course, the WordPress 2.7 Beta 1 download link.

Django 1.0 alpha released

Okay, Django 1.0 alpha has been released finally. I don’t have the time to test this out but I played around with some pre 1.0 alpha builds a couple of weeks back and that time the software was quite stable already.

Django 1.0 alpha released!

In accordance with the Django 1.0 release roadmap, tonight we’ve released the first “alpha” testing version of Django 1.0. This release includes all of the major features due for inclusion in the final Django 1.0, though some lower-priority items are still scheduled to be included before the 1.0 feature freeze, which will occur with the first beta release next month.

The next step on that path will be the first Django 1.0 beta release, currently scheduled for August 5. If you’d like to help out, please review our documentation for contributors and feel free to join in one of the development sprints scheduled for the run up to 1.0; the full schedule is available in the Django 1.0 release roadmap.

Now when would CakePHP 1.2 be released?

Opera 9.5 is out!

Opera 9.5 is out! You can download it here.

Opera 9.5 screenshot

Opera has been my main browser since 4 years ago. It’s the underdog of browser wars. It’s quick and light-weight but give web designers more problems with more browsers to support. But I just love the speed Opera offers.

Today I use Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 and I’m loving it more, thanks to the Firebug and Delicious plug ins. I was previously using Apple Safari but it crashed quite often and cannot open that many tabs.

I, by the way, open around 30 tabs. I’ll just leave interesting links there on my browser until I am free to take a look at them. And I always feel sad when my browser crash and I lost all my links and have to reopen them again.

Django 1.0 roadmap and schedule

Jacob Kaplan-Moss discusses on Django 1.0 roadmap and schedule. Some key notes includes:

  • 1.0 took long due to many features due to be included, notably newforms admin and a 100% WSGI-compliant Django.
  • Django 1.0 will be released in early September. Starts with an alpha, two betas, a final finally killing of with a huge party.

And now for the dates:

  • July 10-12: “newforms-admin” sprint in person at EuroPython and around the world in IRC.
  • July 20: 1.0 alpha
  • August 5: 1.0 beta 1
  • August 12: 1.0 beta 2
  • August 19: 1.0 rc 1
  • August 26: Earliest possible 1.0 release date, or perhaps rc2.
  • September 2: 1.0

Read the full entry here.

Looks like Django is on track for 1.0. This is encouraging.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron, coming April 24

Okay, some Ubuntu news. Next version of Ubuntu is going to be released real soon. I got the released candidate already. It seems to have killed support for my old graphic card. Maybe there is some problem with the configuration. It’s going to be released on coming Thursday. The following is a news excerpt:

Ubuntu ‘reaping Linux dividend’

A new version of Ubuntu, a version of the Linux OS, is released on Thursday.

Mr Shuttleworth said the success of the Asus Eee PC and the work of the One Laptop Per Child programme had driven awareness of open source.

“There has been a sea change in the way people think of Linux, which is very healthy,” he said. Continue reading Ubuntu Hardy Heron, coming April 24