What I find really cool about NetBeans Platform applications is that, when I first discover them–with their familiar-ish looking application, community, and plugin ecosystem–it feels like stepping into a parallel universe. All along, there's been a constellation of stars that have been blinking quietly in very similar fashion to my own, in a different galaxy, with a set of aliens that look very similar to me. That's especially the case when it hasn't happened in a while and when the application in question is as interesting as the one I came across today:
Never heard of it before! And only 'discovered' it because someone sent an e-mail to ask about helping to translate it further and needing the location of some string keys deep inside NetBeans to do so.
Go here to find out about this amazing genealogy application:
It has its own community, plugin ecosystem, and friendly development team. Amazing, this parallel universe that's existed all this time and I never knew about it. There are many similar ones to be read about here.