NetBeans IDE Modules and Rich-Client Applications Learning Trail

What Is a NetBeans IDE Module?

A NetBeans IDE module is group of Java classes that provides an
application with a specific feature. For example, the feature
provided by the Java classes in the NetBeans Google Toolbar Module
Tutorial provides a Google search toolbar. The Java classes use the
manifest file to declare the module and the layer.xml configuration
file to declaratively register their functionality.

NetBeans IDE 5.0 introduced wizards and templates that help you
develop NetBeans modules. NetBeans IDE 5.5 Beta 2 provides several
enhancements, including many new wizards and templates, such as a
wizard for extending the Options window and a wizard for providing a
JavaHelp help set. The same enhancements are also available for
NetBeans IDE 5.0. Just download Module Development Update 1 from the
NetBeans IDE 5.0 Update Center, which is found in the menu under Tools
within the IDE itself.

When you have developed a NetBeans module, you can install it in
NetBeans IDE or in an application created on top the NetBeans
platform. The NetBeans platform is the NetBeans application
framework, which allows you to quickly prototype and develop your
own Swing applications, using the IDE's popular GUI Builder to design
your user interface.

By developing your own NetBeans modules, you can extend an
application's functionality with new features. For example, you can
write modules that make your favorite cutting-edge technologies
available to the NetBeans IDE. Alternatively, you might miss some
low-level functionality in the Source Editor and create a module to
provide it. On a higher level, you can use the core of NetBeans as a
platform on top of which you develop rich-client Swing applications,
out of NetBeans modules. You can save a lot of development time by
reusing features readily available in the platform.

Getting Started

The following two tutorials assume that you have no background in
NetBeans module development at all. The first shows you how to build
a NetBeans module, which is a basic building block for building a
rich-client application on the NetBeans platform. The tutorial that
follows shows you how to create your first rich-client application
out of NetBeans modules.

\* Introduction to NetBeans Module Development
\* Introduction to NetBeans Rich-Client Application Development

Read these tutorials:
NetBeans IDE Modules and Rich-Client Applications Learning Trail

Comments:

Hi, nice article.

It got me enough interested to have a peek at the code but couldn't download it :-)

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Posted by Axel G on August 31, 2007 at 09:45 AM PDT #

Hi, nice article.

It got me enough interested to have a peek at the code but couldn't download it :-)

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Posted by gagan bal on January 02, 2008 at 06:28 PM PST #

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Posted by Abdulkarim A MUSA on January 02, 2008 at 06:34 PM PST #

Gagan, can you provide the link that gives you that error? I can't locate it.

Thanks! Dana

Posted by Dana Nourie on January 03, 2008 at 01:38 AM PST #

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