Ulm on the NetBeans Platform!

The NetBeans Platform Certified Training took place at the University of Ulm, Germany, yesterday and today. The trainers were Toni Epple from Eppleton (consultancy for NetBeans Platform applications), Aljoscha Rittner from Sepix (sales automation on top of the NetBeans Platform), and myself, with a special guest appearance by Lorenz Weber, who took the same training at the University of W├╝rzburg last year. He did a very cool presentation about his batch refactoring project for NetBeans IDE.

The program was as follows:

  • Day 1
    • Presentation 1: Introduction to the Course (Geertjan)
    • Presentation 2: Getting Started with the NetBeans Platform (Toni)
    • Presentation 3 + Workshop: Modular Systems & Lookup API (Geertjan)
    • Presentation 4: System FileSystem (Toni)
    • Presentation 5: Window System (Aljoscha)
  • Day 2
    • Presentation 1: Nodes and Explorer Views (Aljoscha)
    • Presentation 2 + Workshop: Visual Library (Toni)
    • Presentation 3: Porting an Application to the NetBeans Platform (Aljoscha)
    • Presentation 4: Ideas for Student Projects (All)
    • Presentation 5: Example Student Project: Batch Refactoring (Lorenz)
    • Presentation 6: Conclusion to the Course (Geertjan)

And guess who else turned up? David Botterill, the Technology Manager of the Sun Campus Ambassadors. So, maybe, the campus ambassadors will end up delivering this course to their universities, colleges, and so on? That would be very cool. The organizer of the course, PhD student Guido de Melo, took us on an unforgettable tour of Ulm, which included the tallest church (in the world), the weirdest city emblem (also in the world), and probably the crookedest hotel (in the world, is my guess). For the record, I can't help thinking the cathedral in Barcelona is (already) taller. :-) The old part of Ulm has a really great look and feel, it was really cool to be there.

At the end of the 2nd day (i.e., this afternoon), we took a picture of everyone together. Fortunately we managed to manoeuvre the student with the big yellow head to the back of the group, without hurting his feelings:

It was a really enjoyable two days and it's the first time I did a presentation on Lookup that I was happy with. If interested, here it is in PDF format. It is completely rewritten, thanks to Thomas W├╝rthinger's exercises created for the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Thanks Thomas, really well thought out examples you have there on Lookup!


Ulm! I was studying CS there in the 90s, fond memories, nice to see it mentioned in the context of NetBeans.


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Posted by Stephan Schmidt on February 06, 2009 at 04:59 AM PST #

have nice time in germany,
I suggest recording these trainings and publish it on NetBeans TV

I hope this training and the one was in Egypt last month encourage you continue your series of Top 10 NetBeans Platform APIs, it is really good reference for us

Posted by Ahmed Gaber on February 06, 2009 at 05:15 PM PST #


And here my blog entry in german:


It was a great event in Ulm :-)

best regards, josh.

Posted by Aljoscha Rittner on February 06, 2009 at 11:37 PM 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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