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  • October 19, 2009

Possibly Another NetBeans Platform Application? (Part 1)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
In some recent searches across the internet, searching for some of the many examples I suspected were out there of NetBeans Platform applications, I came across several that LOOK like NetBeans Platform applications. Though I can't be certain that these applications are in fact NetBeans Platform applications, there are several indications pointing in that direction. As in many cases, the website has no reference to "NetBeans" or "NetBeans Platform". And e-mails sent in that direction remained unanswered in these particular cases. So, one can only go by the general appearance of the application's screenshots on the site.

A typical giveaway is the window system. The NetBeans window system, for good or ill, is pretty distinct. The tabs look very different to the tabs from other frameworks (and there are many frameworks for window systems out there). Plus, if the application can run on more than just Windows, there's a reasonable chance that we're in the Java world. And there's also something "je ne sais quoi" about NetBeans Platform applications, something that extends beyond the sum of its parts. Whatever that means.

So, here's screenshots of the first application (of several more that will follow in future blog entries) that I think might be based on the NetBeans Platform. What's the worst that can happen? Someone saying "you're wrong, it's actually not based on the NetBeans Platform"? Or someone saying: "In fact, we considered the NetBeans Platform and we loathe it in every possible way?" Well, OK. Possible. Still, those kind of reactions are valuable too. Plus, hey, I'm giving someone free advertizing for their product, so there's no way their derision for my error can top their gratitude for their 15 seconds of eternal fame in my blog.

And, when properly attributed, there can't be a question of copyright or some such either. Here are the first screenshots of "possibly another NetBeans Platform application" (PANPA), by Envitel in Spain:

SEC-Viewer is all about the analysis of people counting data from multiple premises simultaneously. It is an application that can collect, analyze and graph count data from various facilities from any PC. This system allows you to view and compare, simultaneously, data from as many people counters as needed, create custom variables using several
counters and perform advanced macro operations on different counters.

Read more about it here on the Envitel site.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Tom Wheeler Monday, October 19, 2009

    If you sponsor a trip to Spain, I'll volunteer to ask them in person :-)

  • Antonio Monday, October 19, 2009

    And I'll offer some tapas, beer and wine for free!

  • Miguel Garcia-Lopez Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Dear Geertjan, ours is indeed a NBP based application. So safely retag it as YAMPA and not PAMPA :)

    We are polishing a new version, will update you on the subject soon!

  • Geertjan Wielenga Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    Awesome, Miguel! Looking forward to it.

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