In part 1, slightly over a year ago, I wrote about how developers at CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, were learning about the NetBeans Platform as an application framework for the basis of their new developments, especially its "Integrated Breeding FieldBook" tool, thanks primarily to the NetBeans Platform's pluggable system and windowing framework (neither of which are provided either by Swing or JavaFX).
Well, take a look at this cool announcement:
After many months of intensive development work, numerous testing sessions, invaluable feedback from potential users and several redesigns of structure and functionality, the Integrated Breeding FieldBook is here at long last – a tool that will in time greatly enhance the quality of phenotypic data on which critical breeding decisions are based.
This easy-to-use tool will help breeders electronically design field trials and generate fieldbooks and labels through simple wizard-assisted steps. In conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy tablet recommended for field use, it will empower the breeders to efficiently and accurately capture phenotyping data and save it in a local crop database, before conveniently submitting the same for analysis.
More details here, which is where the text above comes from:
Then go here to download the tool, which is available since the last few weeks in version 1.0.2:
Many congratulations to Hector and Tito, and all the rest of the development team, in Mexico and the Philippines!