New Article: "Use NetBeans Platform, Don't Reinvent the Wheel"

A new article by Djamel Torche is a great introduction to the key features of the NetBeans Platform:

"After trying and using the NetBeans Platform, I'm impressed", writes Djamel. "Really impressed by what it provides as functionalities, component/code re-usability, and best practices."

He then summarizes the key functionality and components available out of the box: central service management, window system, extensibility, update mechanism, file system, visual library, palette, and more.

Worth reading this article to get a quick overview of why using the NetBeans Platform makes sense.


And yet, it still can't update itself :-(

Posted by alex on September 11, 2013 at 05:17 AM PDT #

Yes, indeed, the NetBeans Platform can update itself. Whether you want to use it to do that is the question, but of course it is possible to do.

Posted by Geertjan on September 11, 2013 at 07:58 AM PDT #

It can? That's a suprise, last I checked Netbeans wouldn't update between beta, RC and final, let alone between different versions. Maybe it's time to check again?

Posted by alex on September 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM PDT #

Maybe it's time to check the difference between "NetBeans IDE" and "NetBeans Platform"? In other words, just because the NetBeans Platform lets you do something, doesn't mean that all clients of the NetBeans Platform, e.g., NetBeans IDE, have implemented it.

Posted by Geertjan on September 12, 2013 at 01:46 AM PDT #

Meh, I thought if the platform can do something, the IDE would be the first to showcase it. Thanks for setting things straight.

Oh, and is there a bit of irony in Oracle releasing Mission Control running on Eclipse RCP, not Netbeans Platform? (It fails to connect to Eclipse running on JDK7u40, but that's another story.)

Posted by alex on September 12, 2013 at 05:59 AM PDT #

Mission Control has existed for many years already, are you aware of that? It's always been on Eclipse RCP. Possibly it may move to the JDeveloper platform, at some stage, which means it will be on the NetBeans Platform too. I'm struggling to find the irony.

And, no, NetBeans IDE doesn't showcase each and every feature of the NetBeans Platform.

Posted by Geertjan on September 12, 2013 at 06:56 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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