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From "Sally Khudairi" ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® NetBeans™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:08:08 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/OfIm ]

Popular, award-winning Open Source development environment, tooling platform, and application
framework enables Java programmers to easily build desktop, mobile, and Web applications

Wakefield, MA —24 April 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives,
announced today Apache® NetBeans™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache NetBeans is an Open Source development environment, tooling platform, and application
framework that enables Java programmers to build desktop, mobile, and Web applications. The
project was originally developed as part of a student project in 1996, was acquired and open-sourced
by Sun Microsystems in 2000, and became part of Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems in
2010. NetBeans was submitted to the Apache Incubator in October 2016.

"Being part of the ASF means that NetBeans is now not only free and Open Source software:
it is also, uniquely, and for the first time, part of a foundation specifically focused on
enabling open governance," said Geertjan Wielenga, Vice President of Apache NetBeans. "Every
contributor to the project now has equal say over the roadmap and direction of NetBeans. That
is a new and historic step and the community has been ready for this for a very long time.
Thanks to the strong stewardship of NetBeans in Sun Microsystems and Oracle, Apache NetBeans
is now ready for the next phase in its development and we welcome everyone to participate
as equals as we move forward."

Apache NetBeans 11.0 was released on 4 April 2019, and is the project’s third major release
since entering the Apache Incubator. The project has most recently won the 2018 Duke's Choice
Award, a well established industry award in the Java ecosystem.

"'Have a patch for NetBeans? Then create a pull request for Apache NetBeans!' I love how that
sounds," said Jaroslav Tulach, original founder and architect of NetBeans. "I am really glad
the transition has gone so well and that 'my NetBeans' has turned into a full-featured project
at The Apache Software Foundation."

"From the moment that I first evaluated NetBeans for use in my courses at Dawson College and
Concordia University, I recognized that it was a unique tool. In the years that followed,
it has never disappointed me as the best tool for education. Now, I am even more excited about
using it as it becomes a top-level project in the Apache Software Foundation," said Ken Fogel,
Chairperson of Computer Science Technology at Dawson College, Montreal. "A lot of amazing
developers from around the world have contributed to making NetBeans a first-class tool worthy
of being under The Apache Software Foundation. Now, more than ever, its continued evolution
will be faster, more responsive to the needs of the development community, and ever more open
to the participation of the community. I am proud to have had a very small part in its development
and I am excited to see how it will grow and evolve going forward."

By becoming an Apache project, NetBeans is benefiting from being enabled to receive more contributions
from around the world. For example, large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework
to build internal or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to NetBeans
with it being part of the ASF than as part of a commercial enterprise. At the same time, individual
contributors from Oracle continue to work on Apache NetBeans in its new home, as part of the
worldwide community of individual contributors, both self-employed as well as from other organizations.

"Apache is the perfect home for NetBeans, allowing its long tail of historic contributors
to stay involved while also launching another stage in its evolution for newcomers," said
Simon Phipps, current President of the Open Source Initiative. "As a member of the new Apache
NetBeans Project Management Committee, I look forward to helping in any way I can and I encourage
the whole Java family to do so too."

"I've used NetBeans since I first started learning Java over 15 years ago," said Neil C. Smith,
creator of PraxisLIVE. "It remains my tool of choice. It's great to be part of the Apache
community and helping it to thrive. But NetBeans is more than just a development environment,
it's also a powerful platform for building other business and development tools. It forms
the backbone of PraxisLIVE, which I have created and continue developing on top of Apache
NetBeans, powering a hybrid visual Smalltalk-like IDE for the underlying live programmable
Java actor system". 

"I am an avid NetBeans user, since my first experience in about 2008. The most important aspect
is, quoting Java EE guru Adam Bien: ‘It always works’," said Pieter van den Hombergh,
lecturer at Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences. "This is particularly important in
my job and to my audience: I teach Java, as well as, occasionally, PHP. Now that NetBeans
has gone through the hard work of the transfer from Oracle to Apache, I am glad to see it
increasingly becoming complete again. I am certain to enjoy using the up to date version with
Java 11+, JUnit 5 integration, and all the other goodies, either built-in or provided by the
many useful plugins."

"The flip side of freedom is responsibility," added Wielenga. "Now that the community finally
has what’s its been asking for for so many years, it needs to step up and take ownership
of Apache NetBeans. Each and every user of Apache NetBeans now has the ability to ask themselves
where they can best fit in to drive the project forward -- from evaluating bugs, to reviewing
pull requests, to tweaking the documentation, to verifying tutorials, to helping answer questions
on the mailing lists, or sharing tips and insights on Twitter. Lack of Java knowledge and
even lack of programming knowledge is no excuse; there’s really something to do for everyone
with any skill or interest level. There is no need nor excuse to stand on the sidelines anymore
-- NetBeans is now yours, exactly as much as you want it to be."

Catch Apache NetBeans in action at conferences all over the world. Users are welcome to set
up and host their own Apache NetBeans events, such as the annual Apache NetBeans Day UK, which
will be held 27 September 2019, in London.

Availability and Oversight
Apache NetBeans software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected
team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the
Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache NetBeans, visit http://netbeans.apache.org/
and https://twitter.com/netbeans

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of
the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations
and existing external projects seeking to become an Apache project or initiative enter through
the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards;
and 2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required
of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications,
and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF
projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability
of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For
more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source
projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no
cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual
Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely
available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions of users worldwide: thousands of
software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates
in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user
conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded
by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous,
ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google,
Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple
Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday,
and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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