Matisse for Applets?

Not sure how useful this is, but it's just that I haven't heard anything being mentioned about Matisse in the context of applets. So, while working on the 5.0 version of the NetBeans IDE Applet Tutorial, I thought I'd try it out. Here's the result, in the Design mode of Matisse:

When you run the applet, it is displayed in the applet viewer:

And, you can even embed the matissefied applet in a web application and then deploy it and display it in a browser (but I've only got this to work in FireFox):

Not bad, huh. But I wonder if this is useful? Wouldn't this kind of application more commonly be implemented within a JSP page (or servlet)? Still, it's odd that nobody seems to have mentioned this possibility.

If you want to give it a go yourself, take a look at the new and updated NetBeans IDE 5.0 Applet Tutorial.


Hi Geertjan, I actually thought about this and thought it would not be possible because of the layout manager... but right, you can just package it :)

Posted by Roumen on January 10, 2006 at 05:04 PM PST #

Ah, but it has been mentioned. This testimonial is on the site:

I used NetBeans Matisse to generate a simple applet ( It was much faster to generate the Swing form than the equivalent HTML form! - Rob Ratcliff, Software Consultant with FutureTek LLC

Posted by Gregg Sporar on January 12, 2006 at 01:55 AM PST #

Wow! Fantastic! What a great link! Click here to jump there directly.

Posted by Geertjan on January 12, 2006 at 06:59 PM PST #

Hi Gregg, I am new in java and i would to use matisse in netbean to design an applet. I cannot get my applet to work with matisse. I created an applet with netbean Java class . I created a JPanel with the GUI Builder then now i dont know how to link the two java files. can you help on this ? Thanks Olivier

Posted by Olivier on October 31, 2006 at 06:24 PM PST #

My name isn't Gregg. To find out how applets work, try the tutorial:

Posted by Geertjan on October 31, 2006 at 06:27 PM PST #

Hi, I'm new in applets and I would like to ask how can I embed applet forms to the web. I'm using netbeans 6.1 andI tried the solutions posted at but it didn't work; it can't display the applet.

Posted by Juliet Delos Santos on March 27, 2008 at 04:56 PM PDT #

The link to tutorial is broken. The current link is

Posted by Flavio Martins Prado on November 20, 2010 at 09:27 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.

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