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  • October 20, 2005

Teach Your Technology Through NetBeans IDE

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
In NetBeans IDE 5.0, creating new windows is as simple as clicking through a wizard (see the NetBeans Anagram Game Module Tutorial to find out how). Windows can be used for many things... but have you thought about this (look at the new panel to the right of the Source Editor):

Cool, right? I didn't need to code anything at all—I spent more time coming up with the text in the window above than in creating the window itself. Since it's a module, like any other module in NetBeans IDE, I can put it in an e-mail and send it to whoever I like who can then install it through the NetBeans Update Center. In other words, this is a fantastically effective yet incredibly simple way of educating the masses about whatever cool technology lies closest to your heart (or wallet).

By the way, the web.xml content in the screenshot above was generated using the code provided in yesterday's blog entry. In other words, I didn't type anything in the Source Editor, but as you can see in the screenshot, there's a servlet declaration and the welcome file is not a JSP file (as it would be in the web.xml file provided by the default NetBeans web application template), but an HTML file. Check out yesterday's blog entry if you're also tired of filling out web.xml by hand.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Daniel MD Thursday, October 20, 2005
    hum interresting...I wonder what inspired you ;)...
    where can i find this module? i want to try it out.plz
  • Kovica Thursday, October 20, 2005
    I'd like to have this also. And source code too :)) PLEASE!!! :))
  • Geertjan Friday, October 21, 2005
    What inspired me? A conversation I had yesterday with, amongst others, Ludo. I'm sure there are many producs that have a similar panel, but no, I can't say any of them inspired me. :-) As soon as this module is finished (currently still a work in progress), I'll make it available in this blog.
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