GIS on the NetBeans Platform
By Geertjan on May 13, 2009
Go here for all the details: http://puzzle-gis.codehaus.org/
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:
- 100% Java (at least we try to be)
- Java Web Start supported
- One version for all operating systems
- No operating system limitation (just need a JVM 1.6 or more)
- No installation needed (because of Java Web Start)
- Built on NetBeans Platform for a professional architecture
- 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.