Legislative Software on the NetBeans Platform

KLISS (Kansas Legislative Information Systems) is legislative software by Propylon. It consists of various parts, such as the website http://www.kslegislature.org/li/. However, some of the units of work that the system deals with are "classic word-processor candidates, i.e, a 1500 page bill, a 25 page statute section consisting of a single landscape table with running headers, a 6 level deep TOC with tab leaders and negative first line indents".

For these kinds of data, KLISS provides a thick client application created on top of the NetBeans Platform, with embedded OpenOffice, UNO API integration, as well as Jython interaction. Identity management and role based access control are also included.

Here's a screenshot I found, which clearly has the NetBeans Platform beneath it:

Slides: http://www.propylon.com/index.php/technology/118

Very interesting webinar (free): Transforming Government Through E-Democracy

A great blog to read around this topic is http://seanmcgrath.blogspot.com, by Propylon Chief Technology Officer Sean McGrath, which is where the quotations and info above come from.

Propylon has recently applied to be an Oracle partner and they're interested in investigating where work can be done together. This is all very interesting and I'm hoping that soon an article/interview by the people behind this project will be made available.


Hi, Geertjan, I enjoy your blog - although I would appreciate some words in Dutch once in a while.

This picture is very interesting, but I cannot show it to my colleagues, since it is too small and blurry, and only you and I can guess what's on it.

Could you post some crispier ones (also in the future, please)?

Dank u wel.


Posted by Mark Kerzner on January 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM PST #

Would if I could, Mark. That's the only screenshot I have right now. Watch this space for updates on that, hoping to get more screenshots, better screenshots, and a full interview soon.

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on January 18, 2011 at 02:11 PM PST #

PS: En waar zijn jij en je collega's te vinden? Ben altijd bereid om een gratis overzicht van NetBeans Platform te geven, vooral in Nederland, aangezien ik in Amsterdam woon.

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on January 18, 2011 at 02:14 PM PST #

Thank you. In return, I will show my legal application when I have one.

Posted by Mark Kerzner on January 18, 2011 at 02:15 PM PST #


Dank u zeer voor het schrijven in het Nederlands taal!

I am an ardent user of NetBeans, even when all people around me use Eclipse ;) - and Dutch is my favorite languages, while Amsterdam is my favorite city - while I myself life in Houston :)

Posted by guest on January 18, 2011 at 09:15 PM 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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