Saturday May 24, 2008 Embedded Player Rocks!

I found out last week that now has a NetBeans branded player and also offers embedded code for its movies so that you can easily place them on your own site. I'm trying it out here for the first time. I simply went to the Community page, saw Fabrizio's cool movie about blueMarine (which he showed at his JavaOne Technical Session), clicked "Read more" under "Brief description" and then saw the tags that I needed to copy:

Then I pasted them into this blog entry. The result is very nice. Small space taken up, professional look and feel, smooth running of video, responsive forward/back buttons, etc.

Note: This particular video includes sound, so if that's a potential issue, make sure to plug your headset in before starting the movie:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript"> </script>

Be aware that... the embedded player offers a higher resolution and better quality videos than YouTube!

Also note another change, which is that it is now easier for you to submit a video, with a more streamlined form and the usage of keywords for search engine indexing. You can see the new form live at You are recommended to upload a "flv" file format for video, although "mov" and others are also acceptable. Optimally, it should be under 100MB in size.

Learning from the Bible

Yet another application on the NetBeans Platform! Alkitab Bible Study, by the same developers in Indonesia who created (at least) two other applications on the NetBeans Platform—Sketsa SVG Editor and Citra FX Photo Effects.

It is also built on top of JSword, the free Bible study software, and looks like this (running on Ubuntu Linux, in this case):

Even better, the source code is available too, so there's a lot you could learn from it if you're developing on top of the NetBeans Platform yourself. Once downloaded, just open the suite and there it is, a fantastic sample application on top of the NetBeans Platform:

So... that's a free, mature sample of an application on top of the NetBeans Platform! Hurray for Tonny Kohar and everyone else at Kiyut. Especially if you're developing a similar application, these learning resources are worth their price in gold. (Oops, their price is zero, so... hmmm.) Of course, since the application is pluggable, you could extend it by creating new NetBeans modules for it. Finally, why is it called "Alkitab", you ask? If you'd studied (or if you are) Arabic a bit (as I have), you'd know that "Al Kitab" is the phonetic Arabic for... "the book"!


Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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