Dairy Farm Consultants on the NetBeans Platform

FarmLinx-Dairy is an extremely cool software suite for dairy farm consultants. It is by FieldLinx in New Zealand and it is used for generating reports and analyzing data gathered via a mobile phone application:

And here are some screenshots of the desktop application, FarmLinx Desktop, showing some of the data that can be processed. You can also see that multiple farms can be compared to each other, plus that there's integration with OpenOffice.org:

The above screenshots come from this very interesting screencast.

Watch this space for more info about this very cool application!


Very cool! I see JFreeChart in there and I am pleased to know that it has found an interesting use in New Zealand, which is where I was born (in Bluff no less) and raised. Thanks Geertjan for bringing it to my notice, you've made me smile! I think maybe it is the thought of some grumpy old farmers looking at some charts that I've helped to put together!

Best regards,

Dave Gilbert
JFreeChart Project Leader

Posted by Dave Gilbert on September 17, 2009 at 04:55 AM PDT #

It's nice to see more and more examples of software being built on top of the Netbeans platform. I'm getting closer and closer to having a very minor application working (mostly for internal use) for the oil and gas industry which should provide some interesting screenshots in due course. However the thing that made me comment here is that I too use JFreeChart!

That's the real power of Netbeans Platform. When combined with other swing libraries, the promise of concentrating on the application logic and not the plumbing is really delivered - or at least once you wrap your head around the learning curve...

Posted by Peter Kirkham on September 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM PDT #

What I'm wondering is: how do they do the openoffice integration? Do they remote UNO objects from within the Netbeans platfom? In my own Netbeans platform application, I've been struggling really long to find a way to remote a locally installed OpenOffice via UNO from within a Netbeans platform application. And I still don't like my own solution ...
So, would be interesting to hear how others do....

Posted by bwalt on September 19, 2009 at 07:29 AM PDT #

Hi all, thanks for the comments! About JFreeChart and OpenOffice -- I am working on an interview with the developers of this application, where the integration of these libs will also be discussed. It will be published on netbeans.dzone.com in the coming days.

Posted by Geertjan on September 20, 2009 at 10:27 PM PDT #

I am Ram from FieldLinx, We used OpenOffice based UNO/UDK connection to generate the reports.

Also, we used a template based document so we could have a pre-formatted template provided to the software to populate. It turned out to be very efficient in our use.

Posted by Ram Vijapurapu on October 10, 2009 at 10:30 PM PDT #

@Dave Gilbert, If you read this. I should say you have provided us with the best/easy to use Graph Framework. I Salute you! Thank You Very Much!

Posted by Ram Vijapurapu on October 10, 2009 at 10:34 PM PDT #

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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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