Tuesday Aug 26, 2008

Jumping from the Swing Explorer Back into NetBeans IDE

I saw Maxim's announcement about a NetBeans plugin for his Swing Explorer and tried it. First I was unable to install his plugin. But then I checked out his sources and rebuilt the plugin and installed it and everything worked as expected. For the first time, I was able to jump to the source, from within the Swing Explorer, as below:

And here's the new "Addition Trace" tab in action, where you can see every line of code that is executed, with hyperlinks that let you jump back into the NetBeans Java Editor:

Really brilliant. By the way, this is the plugin that Maxim and I started back at JavaOne 2008, as described in Coding a Swing Explorer Plugin for NetBeans IDE .

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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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