Sun VP Blog Entry on the NetBeans Platform

Just when I was thinking what I should blog about today, I was told about this blog entry published today by Jim Parkinson, Sun VP: "With the release of NetBeans 6.8, you'll see a more public effort to support the Platform as a product. This is being driven by overwhelming support, by our customers and the open-source user community. Thank you to the community members who tirelessly use, support and improve the NetBeans Platform. You can see the NetBeans Platform in action at"

And that's only part of it, read more in the blog entry itself, published today, where the above quotation comes from. As someone who has been working over several years in providing documentation and training around the NetBeans Platform, and in following developments in relation to it, I can say without any hesitation that these words would never have been spoken by a Sun VP without there being genuine belief in the product being referred to. Many very interesting developments will visibly take place in the coming period, specifically for developers creating their own enterprise applications on top of the NetBeans Platform. Hurray!

In related news. Take a look at this page for upcoming plans for the NetBeans Platform:


Hurray - it was a long way and you have a big share getting us here!!!

Posted by Sven Reimers on December 03, 2009 at 04:33 AM PST #

As always thanks for your efforts to promote the platform Geertjan. This is very reassuring for a developer on the platform.

Posted by Peter Kirkham on December 03, 2009 at 08:59 AM PST #

This is truly great news!

Geertjan, I'm confident that this wouldn't have been possible without your tireless effort in helping to promote what many have already come to view as one of Sun's most innovative products.

Thank you Jarda, Jesse, Tim, David, Jan, Dafe, Marek, Richard, Marian, Lukas, Milos, several Jirkas and so many others who've worked hard over the years to make the NetBeans Platform a worthy foundation for so many applications.

Posted by Tom Wheeler on December 03, 2009 at 02:16 PM PST #

From my start as NetBeans certified training trainer I see a growing community and more and more people developing on the NetBeans RCP platform. Fantastic news!

Posted by Aljoscha Rittner on December 03, 2009 at 04:26 PM PST #

"Wow, look what cool stuff Jonathan has bought 10 years ago!" :-)

It's late but still excellent and exiting news. Kudos to Geertjan for making this possible!!!

Posted by Toni Epple on December 03, 2009 at 04:47 PM PST #

Congratulations to all the people behind NetBeans and the Platform!

It's nice to see such a great work being taken into account, and also warming news for us NBP-based app developers.

I also reckon you sure played a main role in this act with the great stuff comming from you on the recent years.

Posted by Miguel Garcia-Lopez on December 03, 2009 at 06:24 PM PST #

I'm with you Gj in this,
NetBeans Platform rocks,
I year ago I started my Graduation project with NB platform, along this time period, till now, the applications built on this platform are wonderful, and used in many many different work fields,
Thanks to NB platform development team, thanks to Gj and Toni for your wonderful work to make us come to use this this wonderful tool


Posted by Ahmed Gaber on December 03, 2009 at 07:17 PM PST #

Hmm. Is this the usual 'thanks for all your efforts', or is this lobbying for the NetBeans Platform to Oracle-ears?

Posted by OliBlogger on December 03, 2009 at 09:05 PM PST #

Thanks all for the comments above, the enthusiasm of which explains a lot of why developments of this kind take lace.

In answer to OliBlogger, what this is is the reason that all these important features are being considered for NetBeans Platform 6.9

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on December 03, 2009 at 09:12 PM PST #

Kudos to all. This is great news for the NetBeans Platform Community!!

Free beers in Madrid to cellebrate!


Posted by Antonio on December 03, 2009 at 09:34 PM PST #

One feature that I would like to see that isn't on the list is a way to hook in much earlier into the NetBeans bootup process, for example, having NetBeans fire custom events as its bootup progress continues (e.g., 5% of modules loaded).

Posted by Andreas Stefik on December 04, 2009 at 02:15 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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