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  • November 2, 2005

Gmail Checker in NetBeans

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
How cool is this?! Not only can I run google searches from the IDE's toolbar and browse the Internet from inside the IDE, but now the IDE tells me whenever I've received mail. Masoud Kalali, a really active member of the NetBeans IDE 5.0 Community Acceptance Testing program, created and sent this new plug-in to the group's mailing list yesterday. And... he's working on a tutorial (when I got to work this morning, I found an e-mail from him telling me that he'd already written 13 pages of the tutorial)!

Enlarge the screenshot below and notice the following—the top right hand corner of the screen has a little icon, a text '1 : yo man', and two arrows. Also notice that there's a new 'Gmail Checker' panel in my Options window (see this tutorial for details). So, after setting the 'Gmail Checker' panel, I click the icon in the toolbar (or a menu item in the Tools menu) and then Gmail is prompted to tell me whether new messages have arrived. The subject line of the first new message is displayed in the toolbar (so, in the screenshot below, the subject line of the message is 'yo man'.) When I click the left-right arrows, I can scroll from the subject line of the first new message to the subject line of the next new message.

Notice that in the screenshot above I've got the google toolbar, the integrated JDIC browser (tutorial coming soon), together with Masoud's Gmail checker. Hmmm... now that all this can be done from inside the IDE, the time has come for someone to write a NetBeans plug-in that will do my laundry and take out the garbage...

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Roumen Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    I'd be able to pay for the loundry and garbage plug-in :-)
  • Ken George Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    WOW! How AWESOME is that??? - a completely integrated development environment with all the bells and whistles to keep you in the IDE without having to run other apps to do separate tasks! How about the cleaning-your-house or make-me-a-cup-of-coffee plug-in?
  • Geertjan Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    Thanks Ken, that's a great soundbite for a NetBeans press release: "a completely integrated development environment with all the bells and whistles to keep you in the IDE without having to run other apps to do separate tasks".
  • Matthias Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    So IDEs/Netbeans becomes the new OS for developers? How well can Netbeans deal with buggy plugins? MemLeaks anyone? Without MVM I'm very cautious what I plug into my IDE.
  • christian Thursday, November 3, 2005
    Cool, that's what I've been looking for. Having it in NB, no switching, no extra task for the notifier.
    But where is the plug-in. Yes, of course I could code it for myself, but ... time is missing to do that and I'm not registered to the mailing list. So this is a bit problematic :(
    But, nonetheless, go on and on and on, NB rocks and there will be a time hopefully, all my colleagues, whom are currently laughing 'bout me of using NB, will swallow up on their laughs when seeing NB - and I think this time will come very, very soon :)))
  • Alex Thursday, November 3, 2005
    The plug-in and the relevant ideas would work best only if NetBeans utilises the JDIC browser instead of the out-of-date Swing Component \^\^"
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