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  • January 15, 2006

Publish Plug-ins Painlessly! (Part 2)

Geertjan Wielenga
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Don't know if you know about the Explore From Here module. What it does is that it adds a menu item to packages and folders:


When you choose the new menu item, the filesystem explorer opens and you can explore the contents of the selected package or folder:


It's quite handy. By the way, on the module's homepage it says: "By now all Win32 platforms and Linux with GNOME or KDE are automatically supported."

But the really cool part is that the module author has now also created an Update Center, specifically for this module:

http://efhnbm.sourceforge.net/efhnbm_autoupdate_center.xml

(Go here to see the announcement of the new Update Center and instructions on how to use it.)

So, if you have modules out there that you'd like to publish, why not do the same? Follow the instructions in "Publish Plug-ins Painlessly! (Part 1)" to understand everything you need. If you click the link above, the one pointing to the new Update Center, you'll have a very nice example of a simple Update Center (mine is a bit more confusing because multiple NBMs are registered in my autoupdate descriptor, so the above autoupdate descriptor is much better as an example, because it contains the minimal things an autoupdate descriptor should have).

And, of course, don't forget to try out the Explore From Here module!

Update: See Part 3 for another Update Center...

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Comments ( 5 )
  • VVS Sunday, January 15, 2006
    Yep, your blog keeps providing very valuable and immediately useable information. Thanks for that! :) And with new module wizards and lots of nice tutorials it's getting pretty darn easy to start with netbeans module development!

    P.S. I couldn't figure out how to enter a parameter into "Explore from Here" properties.
    Let's say I'd like to start xterm, not Gnome File Manager.

  • Geertjan Sunday, January 15, 2006
    Thanks for the comments VVS. As to your question, take a look in the Miscellaneous panel in the Options window... you should find a new category there. That should let you switch file manager. (They're in the modern view and also in classic view.)
  • Michel Graciano Sunday, January 15, 2006
    Hi Geertjan,


    I try the Explore from here module in NB 5.1, and everything works nice, but in RC1 I have problems that the Options fire a exception. You can any suggestions about thius problem, or if you has thos problem too?



    Best regards and thanks a lot for your tips!!
  • Michel Graciano Sunday, January 15, 2006
    Hi,

    sorry for previous post, so I read the news in module home page and see the update for RC1 problems.



    Best Regards!
  • anegrin Monday, January 16, 2006
    I try the Explore from here module in NB 5.1, and everything works nice, but in RC1 I have problems that the Options fire a exception.



    RC1 changed some API. please use the 0.2.2 version; check it out here



    or use the update center :D



    and, Geertjan, thanx for the support! :D
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