Recognizing Wicket Applications in NetBeans IDE

I've been working on understanding how NetBeans IDE recognizes applications on disk as projects. Now, when I press Ctrl-Shift-O, I can open a Wicket application, even though it doesn't have the NetBeans project folder (nbproject), and therefore isn't a typical NetBeans IDE project. For example, this is what the Wicket examples look like once I've opened them as a single project in the IDE:

But, even though I didn't have to reorganize the Wicket folders in any way -- I just opened them as-is after downloading them from the Wicket site -- I currently can't do much with them. Of course, since most of the files are recognized in the Source Editor, I can edit them. Currently, though, I can't deploy them yet -- because I haven't implemented project-level actions yet. Still, notice how you can already use cool NetBeans IDE features such as the graphical web.xml editor.

By the way, currently the two documents that are very helpful in this area of NetBeans plug-in development are the following:


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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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