NetBeans Plug-in/Rich Client Support Rocks (Already)

In Adding Nodes to the NetBeans IDE's Runtime Window, I reported that I'd updated an old NetBeans plug-in sample that I'd found. Today, I re-implemented the sample using the new apisupport (currently available in post-4.1 development builds only). And it all works perfectly. Setting up the project was much easier than before and I'm really looking forward to further developments in this area of NetBeans. Here's what the Projects window and (a new instance of the IDE's) Runtime window look like now that I've completed this plug-in:

(Note, again, the "Important Files" node in the Projects window above. How cool is that?! In previous blog entries I complained about not being able to access build.xml and manifest.mf in the Projects window. I seem to have not been the only person with that problem!)

By the way, the NetBeans Platform Project homepage has been completely reworked and now gathers everything currently available on plug-ins and rich client development. It provides links to NetBeans sources, Javadoc, mailing lists, articles, tutorials, FAQ, and everything else currently available in this area.

Comments:

I was trying to play around and make a module. I had turned off Developing Netbeams modules a while ago to reduce start time but I turned it on to mess around. When I went to new project though, I didn't have an option for creating netbeans modules? I tried restarting the IDE a few times. I'm using NB 4.1 on win2k. Any thoughts?

Posted by guest on June 13, 2005 at 05:30 AM PDT #

Get a NetBeans Dev build (i.e., post-4.1 development build). See platform.netbeans.org for details (and watch this space for a tutorial for this module soon).

Posted by Geertjan on June 13, 2005 at 05:50 AM PDT #

Thanks, I'll do that.. but should the module plugin be working in 4.1?

Posted by guest on June 13, 2005 at 06:27 AM PDT #

No.

Posted by Geertjan on June 13, 2005 at 02:50 PM 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.

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