Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Reviews and How-to Articles from NetBeans Developers

1. Using Graphs to Build Your Own Ruby Pattern Matcher –, 11/9
Justin Bozonier wrote about using dynamic programming to implement a string matching algorithm. He said for the IDE he tried using RadRails, RubyMine, and NetBeans, and said “ultimately I chose NetBeans...for some reason it turned out to be the easiest for me.”
2. NetBeans finally imports my Eclipse projects –, 11/9
John O'Conner excitedly reported that NetBeans 6.7.1 was able to import Eclipse projects he does at his day job, and works with “no errors, no problems.” John was excited because this compatibility means “I'm going to use NetBeans again after 2 years away!” He pointed out the bonus is that “the Java support of the IDE is amazing,” stating “NetBeans does JavaScript FAR BETTER than Eclipse does.”

3. NetBeans Unit Test Creation better than Eclipse? And where should unit test live? –, 11/9
The blogger, who said he is “kind of tied to Eclipse as my IDE,” also “plays” with NetBeans and said he would switch if the IDE had Emacs key bindings. Among the highlights the blogger said he “especially like the way it (NetBeans) manages plug-ins,” as well as the way it handles unit testing by automatically creating a secondary source tree, and the way libraries are separated.

4. Migrating to NetBeans Platform 6.8 –, 11/8
Mathieu Bastian reported on his trunk code update from NetBeans 6.5 to 6.8 and said “no bug has been found after migrating,” and also pointed out that “the retro-compatibility is really satisfying.”

5. Develop High Transaction Web Applications with Java MySQL & NetBeans –, 11/12
Armel Nene published an in-depth tutorial that demonstrates how to develop a high transactional Web application, using NetBeans to generate the code.

6. Create a GWT Application from Scratch –, 11/11
The blogger demonstrated how to create a GWT application for NetBeans in this in-depth tutorial, as well as how to do so with Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA, allowing people to choose which IDE to work in.

7. PHP Remote Debugging with NetBeans 6.8 –, 11/10
The blogger said NetBeans 6.8 is “getting better and better,” pointing out that you can now debug php code with the it, which he demonstrated how to do in this tutorial.

8. Configuring JavaMail on GlassFish –, 11/6
The blogger posted a tutorial that shows how to use the NetBeans platform (6.5.1) to configure JavaMail on GlassFish.

9. Changing default Look'n'Feel for NetBeans (and the GUI builder) –, 11/6
The blogger said “NetBeans' GUI builder is great,” pointing out that “it's one of the essential features that made me drop Eclipse.” However, he noted that designing certain GUIs are difficult because the preview look and feel on NetBeans may differ from the look and feel of the application platform. Therefore, he described how to change the NetBeans look and feel (as well as the GUI builder's look and feel) in this tutorial.

10. Simple example on NetBeans using Java with Swing – Sum –, 11/6
The blogger posted a simple tutorial that demonstrated how to use NetBeans to combine Java and Swing elements in an application that executes a simple sum of two numbers.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Java Store and JavaFX updates from Sun News Radio

Today we unveiled the Java Store, a powerful distribution channel for developers to directly connect with the more than 800 million desktop Java technology users worldwide.

John Muhlner, Group Marketing Manager for the Java Content Deployment team, joined Sun News radio to give us the details about this exciting opportunity for developers to reach customers and drive additional revenue opportunities through the sale of innovative new content.

In other news, today we also released the latest updates of the JavaFX platform and Java Platform Standard Edition. The JavaFX platform provides a unified development and deployment model for building expressive, rich Internet applications across browsers, desktops, mobile devices and TVs.

Param Singh, Senior Director of Java Marketing, talked about JavaFX 1.2, JavaSE 6 Update 14, JavaFX TV and much more in this episode of Sun News Radio.

Friday Mar 27, 2009

At A Glance: This week's JavaFX, OpenOffice and OpenSolaris Reviews

JavaFX bloggers continued to promote the use of the new software, with one blogger at Free Ebook Manual Download providing an informative tutorial of the software and saying "it was designed from the ground up to make GUI programming easy." Blogger Luis Barragan also encouraged the use of JavaFX 1.1 in several IDEs including NetBeans 6.5.
JavaFX was named one of 14 "Best Bets" on PC World's list of 101 innovative and free tools. It was included on a similar post on Many Money Savers Blog, saying "If you are looking for an office suite program that is free, you can't beat OpenOffice." also was compared positively against MS Office, as blogger Matthew Bhowell said that it was a valid competitor because it offers similar features, provides the ability to create and use existing files on any version, and the free availability of the suite. Another blogger found the cross platform use beneficial as they used OpenOffice to open an old WordPerfect file that MS Word wouldn't access.

OpenSolaris made a strong impression with bloggers testing out the software, as Alyce Mendoza said that OpenSolaris 2008.11 “is progressing to be a great salutation frontward for the desktops newest participant…hats off to everyone setting in the work.” Only a few days into testing OpenSolaris, blogger Randall Rode also said that he was “loving it,” especially the “nicely packaged” Sun Web Stack including Apache, PHP, MySQL and Ruby. OpenSolaris

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Know JavaFX? Get $25,000!

JavaFX Coding Challenge
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Develop an innovative rich media application using JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.

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If you are a student, the deal gets even better...

In addition to the top prizes, there are three prizes @ $1,500 each for the top three student submissions.

Get going, the contest has already started and submission closes on May 29th.

Check out all the details at JavaFX Coding Challenge.

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Happy coding!

Good luck to all of you!!!

Friday Jun 13, 2008

NetBeans reviews and "tips & tricks"

1. Developing Java ME on Mac OS X -- JustDev, 6/10
A great step by step description of how to set up a mobile development environment with NetBeans, J2ME Mobility Pack, Visual Designer, Mpowerplayer emulator and optional java packages.
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2. Select your IDE NetBeans vs Eclipse -- Java By Example, 6/10
Rajesh compares NetBeans and Eclipse. In his opinion, NetBeans is a clear winner feature-wise but Eclipse has its pockets of strength as well. Overall, he feels NetBeans has a better future than Eclipse.

3. Setting Up Rails Development Environment on Windows Vista/XP -- Every Flavour Beans, 6/9
Iqbal Tabrez demonstrates how to set up Rails on a Windows machine using Ruby, RubyGems, Rails, Mongrel, MySQL, NetBeans and Subversion as part of the development stack.

4. Eclipse weirdness, NetBeans to the rescue -- Full of leaves, 6/9
David Hovemeyer wrote that after doing a hardware upgrade on his home PC, Eclipse stopped working. He decided to try NetBeans instead for Java development, noting that NetBeans had improved greatly since the last time he used it.

5. A little voodoo magic in NetBeans: hot deployment web application -- Messages from mrhaki, 6/9
Hubert Ikkink blogged that while working on a Maven-based web project in NetBeans, he forgot to run mvn war:exploded before he refreshed the web page. However, to his surprise NetBeans had already copied his changes so Tomcat could pick it up. Ikkink noted: "Wow! This really speeds up my development by factors."

6. ESRI GIS Programming using ArcObjects and NetBeans -- Orama's Blog, 6/7
The blogger is new to NetBeans, but he was able to use NetBeans without much difficulty. He wrote simple applications including desktop applications, web applications running on Tomcat or GlassFish servers, and will soon be able to create mobile applications using Java Mobility.

7. NetBeans IDE for PHP -- Talk Nerdy to Me, 6/6
Gavin Vickery recently came across the PHP plugin for NetBeans, and after using the IDE for only two days he found it "a breeze to use." Gavin highlighted that NetBeans came packed with features, yet is still flexible enough to be a simple PHP editor with syntax highlighting.

8. Using Adobe Flex with NetBeans -- the rasx() context, 6/5
The blogger noted that he can run NetBeans 6.1 and Eclipse Europa side-by-side for PHP projects, but he was attracted to NetBeans because "NetBeans has the most superior JavaScript IDE support on the planet." He commented that he liked the concept of the PHP Project "sources" in NetBeans 6.1, feeling it was "a cleaner separation than the .project, /.cache and /.settings stuff generated by Eclipse among the Web files."

9. NetBeans and default JDK -- Krypt.'s road to hell..., 6/4
The post gives a detailed "tips and tricks" on how to change the default JDK in NetBeans 6.1 for Mac OS X.

10. Notes on NetBeans 6.1 -- Echo One, 6/4
Robert Rees blogged on the pros and cons of NetBeans 6.1. Overall, he stated that he was very happy with the experience, highlighting that NetBeans is fast, managing Modules is easy, JavaScript support is excellent and NetBeans is seamlessly integrated with his existing Tomcat installation.

Saturday Feb 16, 2008

NetBeans blogs of the week

1. Debugging and Profiling with Eclipse -- Salmon Run, 2/9
Sujit Pal writes a very detailed post on profiling web applications on Tomcat using Eclipse. Despite the focus on Eclipse, he also uses the NetBeans Profiler based upon a recommendation from a friend and compares it to the results from Eclipse. He notes that the results from the profiler were excellent and helped him improve the performance of a particular application.
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2. Completing the Circle of J2ME, J2SE and J2EE -- Me, Myself and Python, 2/8
Maxin John details in this post how he went about creating an application for his Sony Ericsson phone using NetBeans and the Mobility Pack. It is a GUI application that contains some text labels, a picture of a car and some blinking text. He's looking to build on this experience and help others with their mobile projects.

3. Eclipse vs. NetBeans on Ubuntu (again) -- James Selvakumar's Blog, 2/8
James shares his experiences using both Eclipse and NetBeans (5.5) on Ubuntu. He says that he uses NetBeans more than Eclipse on Windows, but he loves Ubuntu so wanted to see how they compare. Installation of NetBeans was a "piece of cake," but his experience turned when he opened it up, due to problems with font rendering and look-and-feel on Ubuntu. Gregg Sporar commented with a recommendation to use NetBeans 6 and JDK 6, as they both address the issues James experienced.

4. Comparing Rails IDEs for Windows -- Bonanzle, 2/7
This developer decides to do his own analysis of several IDEs for Rails development. He judged each one based upon a list of several features that are essential to him, and annoy him if they are not included. After spending time with six IDEs, he finds Ruby in Steel the best because it "annoyed him the least."

5. The NetBeans 6.0 Story Continued: Using the Profiler -- Weiqi Gao's Observations, 2/7
This IDEA developer does another in a long-running series of posts on NetBeans, as he feels that it deserves his occasional attention. This time he thoroughly evaluates the profiler and says he "is quite pleased with what it can do." He later says, "There is something magical about being able to profile an application."




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