On opening it... I found... our book! Here it is, in a picture taken by NetBeans Mobility docs writer Brad Schmidt:
Note: Read the message on the board in the picture carefully. Then (re)consider what you're planning to do this Monday, May 7. If you're one of the first 400 (of the 1000 or so, from what I hear) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for NetBeans Day, you will get the above book for free. And, to prove that it's not just an empty facade, a mirage, a trick, or a cunning ploy... here is the book in opened state (call open() on the TopComponent), showing two of its 604 pages:
Plus, if you read all the way to the back of the book, you will get a CD containing Tim, Jarda, and my "Greatest Hits"! No, not really. But you will find the samples (which are now also in the 5.5 Update Center, by the way) as well as NetBeans IDE and other goodies. Here's the CD, which every book has, for free, stuck to the inside back cover:
And here are the contents of the CD, with the samples module highlighted, as well as the module that will install the API Javadoc (so you won't need to go to the Update Center for that), together with a PDF of the book (though the PDF is not the final version of the book, just the draft that was available when the CD was produced):
The samples will also work in 6.0, although we obviously couldn't include NetBeans IDE 6.0 on the CD, since NetBeans IDE 6.0 didn't (and doesn't) exist yet when we created the CD. We did test the samples on 6.0 (using builds and milestones), and throughout the book we describe how the scenario under discussion would be done in 5.5 and how it will be done in 6.0. In some cases, we couldn't do that, because we didn't know how things would be in 6.0, at the time when we were writing. So, for example, the new 6.0 plugin manager is not included, because it didn't exist at that time. However, the NetBeans API code is correct, written for both 5.5 and 6.0. Updates/changes will be added to the book's site, which is http://www.netbeans.org/books/rcp.html, which also provides information on ordering the book. For example, you could go to Safari (here) or Amazon (here).
Hurray! Thanks Elizabeth Ryan from Prentice Hall, our publisher, for getting the book to us in Prague so quickly, just in time for this last-minute ad-hoc pre-NetBeans Day advert!