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  • November 25, 2015

NetBeans at Fontys International Campus Venlo

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Today I spent some time at Fontys International Campus Venlo, the software development department of which started the new academic year a few weeks ago. A perfect opportunity to be introduced to a thorough overview of the key features of NetBeans IDE.

I talked about the history of NetBeans IDE as a student project, about the fact that it is free and open source, and its many tools especially for Java and JavaScript. I did several demos, including Java EE/Maven and usage of the NetBeans Connector for Chrome, in combination with the new Oracle JET technology.

Here's part of the group, with me in action:

After the session above, I met with some of the students, and their mentors, to discuss the current status of LIMO, the Logistics Impact Model, created on the NetBeans Platform, as an ongoing project carried over from one year to the next at Fontys. I've given several courses at Fontys for different generations of students working on this project, which is for a specific customer in the Venlo area, though it can be useful as well for any organization interested in logistics modeling. Here's a pic of the discussion today:

Here you see the application in action: multiple windows provided by TopComponents and the NetBeans window system, drag/drop features provided by the NetBeans Palette, and a Visual Library scene for rendering and organizing widgets. The application looks really clean and professional.


The next steps for the project include the integration of the Project API, and related components, to make it possible for users to create and work with multiple projects simultaneously. Especially cool is the integration with JavaFX, especially with the JavaFX chart components:

The application is becoming really good and has been open sourced here:

https://github.com/LogisticsImpactModel/LIMO

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