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  • November 6, 2009

Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Experian and Société Générale both have invested in the NetBeans Platform, by using it as the basis of one or more of their applications. And these two are not exactly small organizations. Experian is a global leader in consumer and business credit reporting and marketing services and a constituent of the United Kingdom's FTSE 100 index, with revenues in excess of US$4 billion, while Société Générale is France's second-largest bank by market value.

How do I know that these organizations are using the NetBeans Platform? By looking in the dev@openide.netbeans.org mailing list:

However, getting screenshots, interviews, etc, out of financial organizations is understandably difficult, since (in the best case) long approval processes need to be completed, while in the worst case no information of any kind can be shared with the outside world, because of the confidential nature of the applications in question, in particular the confidential nature of the related customer data.

Nevertheless, in addition to the public statements around Brazilian financial auditing being done on the NetBeans Platform, there are a few smaller, more personal, applications relating to financing that could be mentioned in this context:

  • CashForward is just not your ordinary, cookie-cutter household budget software. Born from frustration with existing household financial tools, CashForward provides intuitive ways to track household cash flow and to create and compare spending plans:

  • GrisbiGraphs is a free reporting application for a personal accounting application called Grisbi. GrisbiGraphs imports Grisbi files (\*.gsb) into an embedded database and then generates graphs and statistics to help the users keeping track of their finances:

Are there other financial applications out there that make use of the NetBeans Platform? Please let me know!

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Jan Erik Paulsen Monday, November 9, 2009

    I wrote my own framework. And data management is my biggest problem :)


  • Werner Friday, February 5, 2010

    Interesting, as Spec Lead of JSR-275 (where the RI provides support for Financial types like Money or Currency) I tried to help Java as such get a better Financial API.

    Do you have any base types inside your framework that would work as an independent "Java Module", too?


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