Possibly Another NetBeans Platform Application? (Part 1)

In some recent searches across the internet, searching for some of the many examples I suspected were out there of NetBeans Platform applications, I came across several that LOOK like NetBeans Platform applications. Though I can't be certain that these applications are in fact NetBeans Platform applications, there are several indications pointing in that direction. As in many cases, the website has no reference to "NetBeans" or "NetBeans Platform". And e-mails sent in that direction remained unanswered in these particular cases. So, one can only go by the general appearance of the application's screenshots on the site.

A typical giveaway is the window system. The NetBeans window system, for good or ill, is pretty distinct. The tabs look very different to the tabs from other frameworks (and there are many frameworks for window systems out there). Plus, if the application can run on more than just Windows, there's a reasonable chance that we're in the Java world. And there's also something "je ne sais quoi" about NetBeans Platform applications, something that extends beyond the sum of its parts. Whatever that means.

So, here's screenshots of the first application (of several more that will follow in future blog entries) that I think might be based on the NetBeans Platform. What's the worst that can happen? Someone saying "you're wrong, it's actually not based on the NetBeans Platform"? Or someone saying: "In fact, we considered the NetBeans Platform and we loathe it in every possible way?" Well, OK. Possible. Still, those kind of reactions are valuable too. Plus, hey, I'm giving someone free advertizing for their product, so there's no way their derision for my error can top their gratitude for their 15 seconds of eternal fame in my blog.

And, when properly attributed, there can't be a question of copyright or some such either. Here are the first screenshots of "possibly another NetBeans Platform application" (PANPA), by Envitel in Spain:

SEC-Viewer is all about the analysis of people counting data from multiple premises simultaneously. It is an application that can collect, analyze and graph count data from various facilities from any PC. This system allows you to view and compare, simultaneously, data from as many people counters as needed, create custom variables using several counters and perform advanced macro operations on different counters.

Read more about it here on the Envitel site.

Comments:

If you sponsor a trip to Spain, I'll volunteer to ask them in person :-)

Posted by Tom Wheeler on October 19, 2009 at 10:55 AM PDT #

And I'll offer some tapas, beer and wine for free!

Posted by Antonio on October 19, 2009 at 04:50 PM PDT #

Dear Geertjan, ours is indeed a NBP based application. So safely retag it as YAMPA and not PAMPA :)

We are polishing a new version, will update you on the subject soon!

Posted by Miguel Garcia-Lopez on October 19, 2009 at 05:13 PM PDT #

Awesome, Miguel! Looking forward to it.

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on October 28, 2009 at 03:46 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.

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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