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  • August 28, 2005

Simple NetBeans Filesystem Manipulation in NetBeans IDE Dev

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
One really cool and very recent addition to NetBeans plug-in module support is that when you expand the XML Layer node in the Projects window, you can see all the folders defined for the current module within the context of all the folders that are defined in the NetBeans filesystem (click to enlarge):

A nice touch is that the 'this layer in context' node shows the current layer's contributions in bold. This way, you can easily see where and how the current module extends the existing folders in the NetBeans filesystem. In addition, you can drag and drop a folder and the XML in the layer file will follow suit -- this means that there's no need to type those nasty little <attr> tags for ordering items within folders. Yay!

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