NetBeans guidelines are made available to simplify standard
procedures and ensure that all members of the community abide
by them. This is meant to create a uniform way of doing
things with NetBeans and NetBeans. Please see the
It is intended as a quick guide to the directory structure of
an IDE installation. It is important to understand this
structure especially when you are deciding which JAR files
should be placed into which subdirectory, where to put items
on the file system, etc.
Commits to the CVS repository should be done with care - here's
how to check and validate your changes before commiting.
Discover benefits of writing unit tests and using various tools for finding bugs by reading
this document. It's the description of tools Netbeans developers can use for increasing the
quality of our codebase and it's also the summary of reasons why one should write unit tests.
If you are intested in how new versions of the NetBeans IDE
are released, this is the place. Find information about the
release process, Release Manager and their
Formatting, programming practices, and other conventions used in the
This document provides recommendations on how to organize I18N
(localization) of modules in the NetBeans IDE. Other topics
include I18N features, bundle messages, bundle debugging, how
to write better *.properties files, templates, help
documentation, branded localization and more.
Find information regarding checklist for creating a release
branch, checklist for making a release and checklist for a
volunteer Release COordinator.
AutoUpdate Content Management Process:
A description of the guidelines for managing the content of the
NetBeans AutoUpdate servers - the process for adding and removing
API Review Process:
A description of the guidelines on reviewing the APIs -
from proposing a change through to implementing it.
Module Writer's Upgrade Guide:
A module writer's upgrade guide - API changes you should be aware of,
changes you might need to make to your code, and tips to ensure the
best integration in the latest release.
NetBeans Website Guidelines: Every
netbeans module has it's own website, maintained by developers
working on that module. Here's how to make the most of your
NetBeans Board Election Process:
The NetBeans Board consists of two publicly nominated and elected members, and
one Sun-appointed member. Elections are held every 6 months.