GIS on the NetBeans Platform

In the comments to yesterday's blog entry Sven Reimers pointed to yet another NetBeans Platform application that I hadn't ever heard of before: Puzzle. Puzzle is a Java Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development platform built on top of the NetBeans Platform. The main goal of Puzzle GIS is to create a free, production ready and competitive tool as a valid alternative to commercial software.

Go here for all the details:

The site asks itself the question why there is a need for a GIS application, since so many already exist. The answers provided are as follows:

  1. 100% Java (at least we try to be)
  2. Java Web Start supported
  3. One version for all operating systems
  4. No operating system limitation (just need a JVM 1.6 or more)
  5. No installation needed (because of Java Web Start)
  6. Built on NetBeans Platform for a professional architecture
  7. Built on GeoToolKit, a high quality GIS library

That, in a nutshell, sums up the reasons why Java is cool and why the NetBeans Platform makes perfect sense. Pluggability of the application might have been added as a motivation as well, though if distribution is going to be via Java Web Start, chances are that the application providers will want to keep control over the installation themselves.

Here are a couple of inspiring pictures (click to enlarge them) to show you where all this is headed:

Of course, a next step is to ask the project owners for an interview and to see if they'd like a screenshot of their cool application to be added to the NetBeans Platform Showcase. So watch this space.


I'm glad that you noticed my application :D , but I think you already heard about it some time ago under a different name : AlterSIG.
And I had already been interview about it in december 2007 :
that was still the very beginning of the netbeans adventure.

Of course I agree to see my application on netbeans showcase page ;).
Here is a nicer screenshot of the 0.4-SNAPSHOT :

Contact me if you need anything (or ask vincent brabant from the java champion's, he knows me)

Johann sorel

Posted by Johann Sorel on May 13, 2009 at 04:05 AM PDT #

Very inspiring, thanks for the news

By the way, Developer & Programmer, you should check out this :) :

Posted by Bob on May 13, 2009 at 08:31 AM PDT #

Excellent news, Johann. I added the screenshot to the NetBeans Platform Showcase!

Posted by Geertjan on May 13, 2009 at 11:13 PM PDT #

I like youe application, infact, its really very nice. I want to try develop something like it. Can you give me some tips or bits of tutorials to start with, I actually want to move to Java from, I work with GIS on a daily basis. I think your work is very mortivating. Keep it up.

Posted by Michael Nyoagbe on January 26, 2011 at 11:12 PM PST #

thanks Geertjan for the information. I have just started to learn the Netbeans Platform, and I really want to start to use it. My question is about the openmaps on the Netbeans Platform. As what I see in map in
"NetBeans Platform Tutorial for Air Traffic Control Systems", however I really want to see maps with streets, what should I do here?



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Posted by Geertjan on November 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM PST #

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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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