Geertjan's Blog

  • January 18, 2011

Legislative Software on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
KLISS (Kansas Legislative Information Systems) is legislative software by Propylon. It consists of various parts, such as the website http://www.kslegislature.org/li/. However, some of the units of work that the system deals with are "classic word-processor candidates, i.e, a 1500 page bill, a 25 page statute section consisting of a single landscape table with running headers, a 6 level deep TOC with tab leaders and negative first line indents".

For these kinds of data, KLISS provides a thick client application created on top of the NetBeans Platform, with embedded OpenOffice, UNO API integration, as well as Jython interaction. Identity management and role based access control are also included.

Here's a screenshot I found, which clearly has the NetBeans Platform beneath it:

Slides: http://www.propylon.com/index.php/technology/118

Very interesting webinar (free): Transforming Government Through E-Democracy

A great blog to read around this topic is http://seanmcgrath.blogspot.com, by Propylon Chief Technology Officer Sean McGrath, which is where the quotations and info above come from.

Propylon has recently applied to be an Oracle partner and they're interested in investigating where work can be done together. This is all very interesting and I'm hoping that soon an article/interview by the people behind this project will be made available.

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Comments ( 5 )
  • Mark Kerzner Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Hi, Geertjan, I enjoy your blog - although I would appreciate some words in Dutch once in a while.

    This picture is very interesting, but I cannot show it to my colleagues, since it is too small and blurry, and only you and I can guess what's on it.

    Could you post some crispier ones (also in the future, please)?

    Dank u wel.


  • Geertjan Wielenga Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Would if I could, Mark. That's the only screenshot I have right now. Watch this space for updates on that, hoping to get more screenshots, better screenshots, and a full interview soon.

  • Geertjan Wielenga Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    PS: En waar zijn jij en je collega's te vinden? Ben altijd bereid om een gratis overzicht van NetBeans Platform te geven, vooral in Nederland, aangezien ik in Amsterdam woon.

  • Mark Kerzner Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Thank you. In return, I will show my legal application when I have one.

  • guest Wednesday, January 19, 2011


    Dank u zeer voor het schrijven in het Nederlands taal!

    I am an ardent user of NetBeans, even when all people around me use Eclipse ;) - and Dutch is my favorite languages, while Amsterdam is my favorite city - while I myself life in Houston :)

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