Now, when I click on the "-" icon at the top of the big brackety thing (which is called a "code fold"), the text disappears inside the code fold and you only see its description ("Big Fat Manifest File Fold"):
Now, before you start thinking: "What's the point of this overly convoluted explanation of what is nothing more than a code fold?", look in the Projects window in the screenshots above. Highlighted, you see the files that you need to create to set up your own code folds. So, the point of this blog entry is not to tell you what a code fold is. The point of this blog entry is to tell you that soon you will be able to create plug-in modules that include code fold support. When, for example, you create an editor for a new file type, you'll not only be able to add syntax highlighting and multiview editors, but you'll also be able to add code folds (and, later, code completion). There are still a few kinks in the code, so I'm not making it available in my Update Center yet and I'm not working on a tutorial for this stuff yet either, but once the code has been smoothed out, you too will be able to practice the ancient Japanese art of paper folding in NetBeans IDE 5.0.
Thanks to Marek Fukala for working on the sample.