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  • January 11, 2006

Matisse for Applets?

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Not sure how useful this is, but it's just that I haven't heard anything being mentioned about Matisse in the context of applets. So, while working on the 5.0 version of the NetBeans IDE Applet Tutorial, I thought I'd try it out. Here's the result, in the Design mode of Matisse:

When you run the applet, it is displayed in the applet viewer:

And, you can even embed the matissefied applet in a web application and then deploy it and display it in a browser (but I've only got this to work in FireFox):

Not bad, huh. But I wonder if this is useful? Wouldn't this kind of application more commonly be implemented within a JSP page (or servlet)? Still, it's odd that nobody seems to have mentioned this possibility.

If you want to give it a go yourself, take a look at the new and updated NetBeans IDE 5.0 Applet Tutorial.

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Comments ( 7 )
  • Roumen Wednesday, January 11, 2006
    Hi Geertjan, I actually thought about this and thought it would not be possible because of the layout manager... but right, you can just package it :)
  • Gregg Sporar Thursday, January 12, 2006
    Ah, but it has been mentioned. This testimonial is on the netbeans.org site:

    I used NetBeans Matisse to generate a simple applet (http://www.austinjug.org/register). It was much faster to generate the Swing form than the equivalent HTML form! - Rob Ratcliff, Software Consultant with FutureTek LLC
  • Geertjan Friday, January 13, 2006
    Wow! Fantastic! What a great link! Click here to jump there directly.
  • Olivier Wednesday, November 1, 2006
    Hi Gregg,
    I am new in java and i would to use matisse in netbean to design an applet.
    I cannot get my applet to work with matisse.
    I created an applet with netbean Java class . I created a JPanel with the GUI Builder then now i dont know how to link the two java files.
    can you help on this ?
  • Geertjan Wednesday, November 1, 2006
    My name isn't Gregg. To find out how applets work, try the tutorial: http://www.netbeans.org/kb/50/tutorial-applets.html
  • Juliet Delos Santos Thursday, March 27, 2008

    Hi, I'm new in applets and I would like to ask how can I embed applet forms to the web. I'm using netbeans 6.1 andI tried the solutions posted at netbeans.org but it didn't work; it can't display the applet.

  • Flavio Martins Prado Sunday, November 21, 2010

    The link to tutorial is broken. The current link is


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