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Help Make NetBeans ClearCase Support Great

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As of 12 days ago, there is ClearCase support for NetBeans 6.1 available. So far there have not been many downloads. This is not that surprising since it tends to be used in fairly large, conservative companies, who don't tend to try daily builds of NetBeans.

So I'm asking for your help - if you use ClearCase and could spare a few minutes, please try it out. Version control system integration is something that, in particular, needs heavy testing to make sure it meets people's needs. But we have a problem that there isn't as much overlap between people use ClearCase and people who use daily builds of NetBeans. So we're asking for the help of anyone who is using ClearCase and can try this out to please do. Here's how: 

  • Get a daily build of NetBeans 6.1 - This link will always give you the most recent
  • Start it and go to Tools | Plugins on the main menu
  • Toward the bottom of the list you should see an item for Clearcase. Check its checkbox.
  • Click the Install button below to download and install it (no restart required :-)).
  • Try it out:
    • Either open an existing NetBeans project that is already controlled by ClearCase - versioning options will be available by right clicking files, or...,
    • Do a checkout using the Versioning | ClearCase menu and then do the above
  • File an issue if you encounter any problems, or think of a way it can be improved
Thanks for your support,
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Augusto Sellhorn replied on Thu, 2008/02/28 - 8:29pm


Clearcase support is a BIG gap in Netbeans. As a matter of fact, I know a lot of people that had to switch to Eclipse basically because of the lack of cc support in Netbeans.

I tried the module pretty quickly, but I don't use native clearcase on my system I use clearcase web. What is really needed is native clearcase (and clearcase integration) instead of using the cleartool executable which is what the module does now.

CCWeb is important for remote and VPN connections, and is more accessible than clearcase native. Eclipse has integration with CCWeb, and I believe IBM has a package for this. Obviously, they have some Eclipse Plugin that does it, and I wouldn't be surprised (and hope) that that is open source code that could be used in Netbeans.

Wish I could help with this, the important thing is to get a clearcase library that integrates well (not just uses cleartool.exe) ... maybe it's time to look at those packages on the eclipse/IBM sites again.

Peter Pis replied on Mon, 2008/03/03 - 8:28am

We have created mailing list for people interested in discussion about the NetBeans Clearcase plugin development and features, you can subscribe here: clearcase-interest-subscribe@versioncontrol.netbeans.org?subject=Subscribe . We are looking forward for feedback.

Matt Coleman replied on Wed, 2013/01/30 - 1:00am

i would be glad to help in this endeavor!

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