TagsMe GUI: A NetBeans Platform Application in Action

The TagsMe GUI Editor is a NetBeans Platform application that Ibon Urrutia and others developed to provide a graphical editor for their JavaME framework, TagsMe. TagsMe is an application development platform for portable devices (principally PDAs and mobile telephones), based in XML, with a simple and intuitive syntax. One of the main advantages is that it isn't necessary to develop a different application for each existing manufacturer's model, allowing applications to be developed rapidly, easily, and consistently for any device that uses Java MIDP 2.0, using a syntax similar to HTML, and without having to know how to program.

With TagsMe, you define your screens in XML files that are parsed at runtime. You can also download those files, while the application is running, from a web server, allowing the creation of online applications. TagsMe provides an extensive component library (Buttons, bitmap fonts, animations, sprites, maps), a plugin architecture, and a script language that is very similar to Java.

Here's two pics of some of the tooling that the TagsMe GUI Editor provides (and here are more):

Also, check out the cool NetBeans.tv movie about this application:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.netbeans.tv/js/swfobject.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> </script>

I wonder if the movie screen's resolution can somehow be increased because it would be cool to see the actual tags in the XML editor.

PS: Fabrizio mentions this app in his blog too, here.


Hmmm... strange: the first time I accessed your page, I was seeing the blueMarine video presentation screenshot in place of the TagsME one. I just cliked to add a comment to warn you about a possible bug in the link, and now the page looks ok. Was it just a matter of browser caching or have you just fixed the link?

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on June 05, 2008 at 10:11 PM PDT #

BTW, zooming the video by double clicking on it the tags are pretty readable. Do you have a problem in seeing them?

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on June 05, 2008 at 10:12 PM PDT #

Maybe it was browser caching, because I didn't change the link. Which tags do you mean that I should double click on?

Posted by Geertjan on June 05, 2008 at 10:16 PM PDT #

Hi Geertjan,

We have some screencast tutorials in our site:

First one, shows some functionalities of TagsME GUI. The next ones are a little old, but show some XML tags and techniques.

Thank you very much!

Posted by Ibon Urrutia on June 05, 2008 at 10:17 PM PDT #

I'm guessing its maybe a Linux-specific thing, or an Ubuntu-specific thing, that I can't increase the screen size, because double-clicking doesn't do anything.

Posted by Geertjan on June 05, 2008 at 10:18 PM PDT #

Wow, those are cool screencasts. I tried the 1st one and I'll be looking through more. We need to do similar things with NetBeans IDE and also the NetBeans Platform. But you'll see more of those coming out -- watching this blog for further details -- but these TagsMe screencasts will be great to learn from.

Posted by Geertjan on June 05, 2008 at 10:21 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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