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  • November 3, 2009

Performance Management Analysis on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Yet another NetBeans Platform application is a commercial application offered by Exie, in Norway. "Exie provides People-Driven Performance Management solutions architected for widespread adoption by companies serving dynamic markets. Exie drives financial outcomes and accountability across the company and thus effectively involve the entire organisation in the overall strategy. By making performance management available to everyone across the organisation, you create an organisational culture continuously striving to improve performance."

Here's a screenshot:

Reading the documents on the Exie site, it seems to me that Exie 2.0 is a pretty serious application, used amongst others by Norway's largest newspaper, VG: "With Exie we are able to change things quickly, and we could not have a rigid system. The service level Exie has shown is great."

However, on the face of it looking at the screenshot above, that doesn't really look like a NetBeans Platform application. However, firstly, it's architecture is clearly based on the NetBeans Platform:

A second reason why the NetBeans Platform is clearly being used at Exie is that two recent presentations at Jazoon were about some pretty advanced NetBeans Platform topics, both delivered by Exie employees:

Here's the intriguing abstract for the latter presentation:

Engineer tools like the familiar IDEs (Eclipse/IDEA/NetBeans etc.) have user interfaces increasingly different from office tools like Microsoft Office. When creating applications for end users it is important to aim for the look and feel this group is comfortable with rather than what would be intuitive for the engineer. At Exie AS we have developed an open source Swing look and feel component that dramatically simplifies this task.

Just as it is important to utilize frameworks to improve productivity when developing web-based solution, so is the case with rich clients/desktop applications. A significant part of a desktop application consists of UI and IO plumbing. When should various menus, buttons and tool bars be enabled? Flexible docking frameworks, user preferences etc. There are various RCP frameworks available, however for a Swing based client the NetBeans RCP is perhaps the most complete.

How to create an NetBeans RCP client and make it look like a member of the Microsoft Office package? It is quite easy, and I am going to show you how.

And it would be great to get more screenshots, also one for the NetBeans Platform Showcase of this clearly very interesting application!


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