Here you see a different syntax color for the instrument, the note, the octave, and the length. There's a lot more that I'll need to implement, but clearly the start is already there.
By the way, there are two new update centers (that I know of—if you've set up an update center, please let me know and then I'll blog about it here):
What's also cool is that in both cases, the plug-in modules extend the Options window. So, if you're developing plug-in modules that make use of the Options window, give those two plug-in modules a look. Things are actually much easier now than they used to be, because API Support Update 1 Beta is now available in the Beta Update Center. For a list of feature highlights and other fixes, click here. In fact, if you're a plug-in module developer (or a rich-client application developer), your help is needed! Please install API Support Update 1 Beta (from the Beta Update Center) and send an empty e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will subscribe you to the mailing list for the people testing this Beta release. And then, follow the instructions here for reporting issues that you discover in the Beta release. Apparently, the five best bug reporters will get a t-shirt!
One of the minor cool things of API Support Update 1 Beta is that its help files have been extensively expanded. The picture on the left shows you what NetBeans IDE 5.0 provides in the Help | Help Contents for plug-in module/rich-client application development, while the picture on the right shows you what's in API Support Update 1 Beta:
So, if you don't have enough reason to try out API Support Update 1 Beta, just the expanded reading material should pull you over the edge... Note, though, that some of the sections and topics are placeholders—they'll be filled out by the time the final release of this plug-in module becomes available.