New Book: "NetBeans Platform for Beginners"

Not only Gail and Paul Anderson are working on a brand new book on the NetBeans Platform, "JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform", as reported yesterday, but so are Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland, see below:

Though the book isn't available yet, a sample PDF can already be downloaded, as you can see in the image above. Reading through the preface, it seems all core NetBeans Platform topics will be covered, e.g., System FileSystem, Lookup, Nodes, and TopComponents.

The authors would like to know, on the page above, how much you'd like to pay for the book! So, read the PDF, look at the writing style and content, and at the introduction and preface to see whether it will match your needs. Then let them know what you'd pay for it!

It will be good to have an updated book on all the core NetBeans Platform topics again.


Any idea how this compares to the NetBeans Platform 7 book that came out a couple of years ago? That book covered some basics, some in-depth stuff, and was sparse on some topics. Would this be a good companion book or is the older one more technical?

Posted by Michael Bishop on December 31, 2013 at 09:15 AM PST #

Look at the sample PDF on the site above and judge for yourself! To me, looks extremely promising.

Posted by Geertjan on December 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM PST #

The sample PDF starts with the most basic stuff. I like the way the book is laid out from what I've read. It thoroughly explains the module system and all the "keys" that can into a module's manifest and what they're used for. I think I'll be getting a copy when it's available.

What a lot of the books lack are practical examples of interacting with the platform. How does one register and create their own editor? Based on their own file type? How does one change the default behavior of a wizard? How do I integrate quick search into my TopComponents? A lot of good information is on the mailing list and forums, but not in any books I've looked at.

From what I can see in the sample PDF, this book is shaping up to be a great reference for using the platform. It would be nice to see chapters (or a subsequent book) on integrating with the platform; extending and implementing behavior that the developer can leverage.

Posted by Michael Bishop on January 02, 2014 at 06:48 AM PST #

this is very useful information for developers as well as who gonna develope there develope there career in java

Posted by guest on January 05, 2014 at 05:59 AM 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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