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I'm heading a development project that targets the oil and gas workers that are employed by the producers. These developments need to have the users involved in defining and determining what it is they need in order to do their job. The scope of the application is global, with users and developers located in most producer countries.

A blog entry that I posted about the Google Eclipse day attempted to have these users get a good look at the type of tools that are available today. This project is a NetBeans project which made me think...

What tools and resources are available on NetBeans that help the average "user" understand what is going on in the IDE? I soon realized that NetBeans and Eclipse are very much oriented to the developer. But in user-based developments are we limiting what the NetBeans tool could be? I don't foresee users reading or writing code but there should be some tools that are more pertinent to facilitate the communication between developer and user.

Posted by Paul Cox on July 11, 2008 at 07:18 AM PDT #

Hi Paul, what do you mean by "user" in this context?

Posted by Geertjan on July 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM PDT #

Good morning,

I mean the business user in the context of a development project. Anne Botha wrote an article on dzone that captures what I mean by the user.

Users really don't care about the technology. They want systems that accommodate their needs. Expecting them to be able to review the work being done in an IDE and relate it to what they want is an immediate loss of attention and desire on behalf of the user. Especially considering the advanced nature of a modern IDE.

Not to criticize your writing but review your "Table of Contents" and ask what is there for the business user?

Posted by Paul Cox on July 16, 2008 at 01:42 AM PDT #

But a user of NetBeans is always a programmer, i.e., someone interested in technology.

Posted by Geertjan on July 16, 2008 at 01:52 AM PDT #

I say we smash those glass houses.

Posted by Paul Cox on July 16, 2008 at 02:50 AM 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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