Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Understanding the NetBeans Platform in Two Pictures

The pics below sum up everything you need to know to conceptually understand the NetBeans Platform, an application framework for large distributed Swing applications:

The above is Toni Epple, from Eppleton, an independent Java consulting and project out sourcing company in Munich, Germany, presenting the NetBeans Platform in Gdansk, Poland. Several other pics available here and also here, with probably more coming in the next few days, from the NetBeans Days that took place in Poland over the past weekend.

6 Minute Video: Groovy Makes Code Generation Simple

My screencast skills aren't perfect yet, but getting there. I've now learned how 'call outs' work. Some of the timing is still slightly off and the screencast ends quite abruptly. Aside from that, the basic point of the screencast comes across well enough. Have a look (6:22 mins):

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.netbeans.tv/js/swfobject.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> </script>

The text right at the end, which disappears as soon as you see it, says: "That's all folks. Have fun with Groovy! Clearly it makes code generation a piece of cake, not just for files, but even for complete source structures!"

Go here to download the screencast for off-line viewing.

The basic principles outlined above have several implications that I don't I go into in the screencast, but will do so next time. However, I'm sure there's more than enough in there to give anyone a couple of interesting ideas.


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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