Monday Jun 10, 2013

Tips for Teachers in NetBeans IDE

So you're using NetBeans IDE to teach programming to your class. What kind of features would be specifically relevant to you, during teaching?

  • Increase/decrease font size. Hold down the Alt key and scroll the mouse up/down and you'll see the font size magically increase/decrease. Same thing in the Output window, to really show your class the errors of their ways.

  • Quickly switch between open editor documents. Ctrl-Tab, just like all/most other applications, just like when you switch between applications on your computer.

  • Maximize/minimize NetBeans IDE. Alt-Shift-Enter, this toggles between maximized/minimized mode of the entire window frame of the IDE.

  • Distraction-free mode. Wouldn't it be cool if you could remove all the windows around the editor, showing nothing other than the editor document? That's coming up in NetBeans IDE 7.4, distraction-free mode, Ctrl-Shift-Enter, mentioned in NetBeans IDE 7.4 New & Noteworthy, already available in daily builds (also via "View | Show Only Editor").
Now, you'll be able to increase the font size, remove everything from the screen except the editor document, maximize the editor document to cover the entire screen, and switch between multiple open documents. Excellent. Now all that's left for you to do is... teach.

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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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