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  • October 6, 2005

How To Create Ludo's 16-Minute Google Toolbar

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Today Ludo wrote (here) about a Google toolbar that he added to NetBeans IDE—in only 16 minutes. Of course, he used the new plug-in module development functionality, including the Action wizard. In his own words (in an e-mail to me): "The wizard allows you to tell where the action is going. I picked the NetBeans toolbar only, and used the positioning editor from the wizard. Then I coded the action: I overwrote the getToolbarPresenter() method to return a real Swing panel, not the default toolbar icon... This Swing panel is a Matisse one."

If that isn't enough information for you, why not take a look at the tutorial that explains it all in detail and shows you what to do where, when, and how: NetBeans Google Toolbar Module Tutorial. And here's a tip for people demonstrating either Matisse or plug-in module development—Ludo's module is great, because it makes use of Matisse and plug-in module development wizards—very quickly and very efficiently.

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