Friday Jul 13, 2012

New Tutorial: Integrating Workflows into the NetBeans RCP

A common business requirement can be summed up in the term "workflow application". That is, a guided sequence of steps, at the end of which a business scenario is completed, with some kind of output, such as a report or an analysis result. In this scenario, a wizard, i.e., a multi-step dialog, is not enough; rather, all the windows in the application belong to one or more roles (also known as perspectives), which can be shown/hidden simultaneously, depending on the currently selected role.

One example of such an application is this one:

And here's another one:

The infrastructure of these applications is surprisingly simple to create, especially if you follow this brand new tutorial:

http://platform.netbeans.org/tutorials/nbm-workflow.html

As always, feedback is more than welcome. 

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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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