Netbeans is celebrating its 10th Birthday and its celebrating it with a bang! Check out the NetBeans 10th Birthday Celebration Decathlon to know more.
I simply love the Netbeans IDE and so I will share some of my thoughts and experiences with it here...
How did I get started with Netbeans
Well.. till last January, I was really ignorant and had not seen Netbeans IDE before and was really unaware of the importance of Open Source! I used to work with Microsoft Visual Studio then and thought I was doing something great! But then came Mr. Rohan Ranade from Sun Microsystems, and he gave a 3-day workshop on Netbeans IDE! That proved to be a great turning point in my life. I not only learned about Netbeans, its fascinating features and platforms but I also appreciated for the first time in my life - THE POWER AND SIGNIFICANCE OF OPEN SOURCE!!
Coming in terms with Netbeans
After the workshop by Rohan Sir, which really motivated me, I started working with netbeans regularly and also used it for my VI Sem project which was a little Image Utility Application. It was a great experience to explore the ease and functionality that Netbeans offered me. I also worked with the Mobile editor and the Visual Interface was and is simply superb!
The Netbeans 6.1 Beta Blogging contest!
The Netbeans 6.1 Beta blogging contest was simply great and I started blogging technical!! I explored many aspects of Netbeans including Mobility, JSF Crud Generator, Plug-in Development , Bean support etc. I wrote a series of blog posts and won a consolation prize (T-Shirt) in the contest... The contest was really amazing and saw blogging at its best all over the world!
My Netbeans Community contributions!
The Netbeans community is one of the best when it comes to active participation all over the world and support for Newbies. I got involved with Netbeans Community Docs program and in the process contributed four tutorials:
I also learned developing plug-ins for Netbeans and contributed a
Sun SPOT support!
Sun SPOT is the most fascinating little technology from Sun Labs and I have taken it up as my Final Year project. The best thing to happen was Netbeans provided support for development of Sun SPOT applications as well which has made the thing even more interesting. That has been the beauty of Netbeans and it has proved to be THE ONLY IDE THAT YOU NEED!
Thanks Netbeans and wish you a really HAPPY BIRTHDAY!