Geertjan's Blog

  • February 6, 2009

Ulm on the NetBeans Platform!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
The NetBeans Platform Certified Training took place at the University of Ulm, Germany, yesterday and today. The trainers were Toni Epple from Eppleton (consultancy for NetBeans Platform applications), Aljoscha Rittner from Sepix (sales automation on top of the NetBeans Platform), and myself, with a special guest appearance by Lorenz Weber, who took the same training at the University of Würzburg last year. He did a very cool presentation about his batch refactoring project for NetBeans IDE.

The program was as follows:

  • Day 1
    • Presentation 1: Introduction to the Course (Geertjan)
    • Presentation 2: Getting Started with the NetBeans Platform (Toni)
    • Presentation 3 + Workshop: Modular Systems & Lookup API (Geertjan)
    • Presentation 4: System FileSystem (Toni)
    • Presentation 5: Window System (Aljoscha)
  • Day 2
    • Presentation 1: Nodes and Explorer Views (Aljoscha)
    • Presentation 2 + Workshop: Visual Library (Toni)
    • Presentation 3: Porting an Application to the NetBeans Platform (Aljoscha)
    • Presentation 4: Ideas for Student Projects (All)

    • Presentation 5: Example Student Project: Batch Refactoring (Lorenz)
    • Presentation 6: Conclusion to the Course (Geertjan)

And guess who else turned up? David Botterill, the Technology Manager of the Sun Campus Ambassadors. So, maybe, the campus ambassadors will end up delivering this course to their universities, colleges, and so on? That would be very cool. The organizer of the course, PhD student Guido de Melo, took us on an unforgettable tour of Ulm, which included the tallest church (in the world), the weirdest city emblem (also in the world), and probably the crookedest hotel (in the world, is my guess). For the record, I can't help thinking the cathedral in Barcelona is (already) taller. :-) The old part of Ulm has a really great look and feel, it was really cool to be there.

At the end of the 2nd day (i.e., this afternoon), we took a picture of everyone together. Fortunately we managed to manoeuvre the student with the big yellow head to the back of the group, without hurting his feelings:

It was a really enjoyable two days and it's the first time I did a presentation on Lookup that I was happy with. If interested, here it is in PDF format. It is completely rewritten, thanks to Thomas Würthinger's exercises created for the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Thanks Thomas, really well thought out examples you have there on Lookup!

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