As last year, there were several discussion panels at JavaOne around the theme of "NetBeans Platform". (There were also several with/about NetBeans IDE, but that's not the point of this blog entry, here I'm talking about the Java desktop application framework otherwise known as the NetBeans Platform.)
For example, earlier in the week, there were the sessions "Practical Pros and Cons of Replacing Swing with JavaFX in Existing Applications" and "Java in Real-Time Secure Mission-Critical Applications", both consisting of about 5 developers up on stage, talking about their projects on the NetBeans Platform. There was also a "NetBeans Platform BOF" and a "NetBeans Platform and JavaFX BOF".
Developers from organizations such as Northrop and NASA were key speakers in these sessions, some of which I had never met before. So, here's a shout out especially to Sal Cardinale, Sean Phillips, Chris Heidt, and Guillaume Genty! It was great to meet you for the first time, together with a very long list of well known NetBeans Platform developers that I've grown to know and love over the years, such as Zoran, Toni, Bruce, Sven, Henry, Thomas, Paul, Gail, Tim, Eirik, Martin, and Rob.
And, of course, it's important to point out that four NetBeans Platform projects won Duke's Choice Awards this year:
In fact that's one better than last year, when three NetBeans Platform projects won (NATO, AgroSense, and UNHCR Refugee Registration software) a Duke's Choice Award, as well as being evidence, yet again, that Swing is a highly successful UI toolkit.
The week ended with a session very specifically focused on an introduction to the NetBeans Platform and it was again a very crowded stage:
Also, throughout the conference I met NetBeans Platform developers who I'd never heard of before, working on projects I never knew existed. One of these that I really like is ParaVision (PDF), an MR application for acquisition and processing of preclinical and material research by Bruker, based in Germany:
Looks like the NetBeans Platform community is extremely diverse and vibrant. That's my key takeaway of this community from JavaOne 2013.