So, today, on my disk I created a folder structure like that:
And now I'm able to open those structures into a new NetBeans Platform application:
Just about the best thing about the screenshot above is that each node (i.e., "Balance", "Orders", "Reports") can be provided externally, by a plugin:
So, if your folder/file structure for your customers changes... you can simply exclude the plugin for a folder that is removed or include a new one, custom made for a new folder in your folder/file structure. Now that's really powerful. Here, for example, you see that I've disabled the plugin that provides support for the Reports folder and, as a result, my projects do not have a Reports folder anymore:
Project templates will be added for creating these customer projects (since, right now, I'm simply opening the projects from the Favorites window):
...as well as some simple editors for visualizing the XML in the files you see above, probably using the XML MultiView API.
Then I'll create a new tutorial entitled "How to Create a Project-Based Customer Application on NetBeans Platform 6.8".
And here's the related source code: http://kenai.com/projects/customercreator
In other news. Wondering if Groovy is for you? As a NetBeans Platform developer, the answer can only be "Yes, definitely!" and you can even continue coding in Java. I.e., for a hybrid Java/Groovy application (where Groovy is simply an implementation detail of Java), see How to Create a Web Service Client with Groovy and NetBeans Platform 6.8.