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  • September 17, 2009

Dairy Farm Consultants on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
FarmLinx-Dairy is an extremely cool software suite for dairy farm consultants. It is by FieldLinx in New Zealand and it is used for generating reports and analyzing data gathered via a mobile phone application:

And here are some screenshots of the desktop application, FarmLinx Desktop, showing some of the data that can be processed. You can also see that multiple farms can be compared to each other, plus that there's integration with OpenOffice.org:

The above screenshots come from this very interesting screencast.

Watch this space for more info about this very cool application!

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Dave Gilbert Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Very cool! I see JFreeChart in there and I am pleased to know that it has found an interesting use in New Zealand, which is where I was born (in Bluff no less) and raised. Thanks Geertjan for bringing it to my notice, you've made me smile! I think maybe it is the thought of some grumpy old farmers looking at some charts that I've helped to put together!

    Best regards,

    Dave Gilbert

    JFreeChart Project Leader

  • Peter Kirkham Thursday, September 17, 2009

    It's nice to see more and more examples of software being built on top of the Netbeans platform. I'm getting closer and closer to having a very minor application working (mostly for internal use) for the oil and gas industry which should provide some interesting screenshots in due course. However the thing that made me comment here is that I too use JFreeChart!

    That's the real power of Netbeans Platform. When combined with other swing libraries, the promise of concentrating on the application logic and not the plumbing is really delivered - or at least once you wrap your head around the learning curve...

  • bwalt Saturday, September 19, 2009

    What I'm wondering is: how do they do the openoffice integration? Do they remote UNO objects from within the Netbeans platfom? In my own Netbeans platform application, I've been struggling really long to find a way to remote a locally installed OpenOffice via UNO from within a Netbeans platform application. And I still don't like my own solution ...

    So, would be interesting to hear how others do....

  • Geertjan Monday, September 21, 2009

    Hi all, thanks for the comments! About JFreeChart and OpenOffice -- I am working on an interview with the developers of this application, where the integration of these libs will also be discussed. It will be published on netbeans.dzone.com in the coming days.

  • Ram Vijapurapu Sunday, October 11, 2009

    I am Ram from FieldLinx, We used OpenOffice based UNO/UDK connection to generate the reports.

    Also, we used a template based document so we could have a pre-formatted template provided to the software to populate. It turned out to be very efficient in our use.

  • Ram Vijapurapu Sunday, October 11, 2009

    @Dave Gilbert, If you read this. I should say you have provided us with the best/easy to use Graph Framework. I Salute you! Thank You Very Much!

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