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By lukas on Feb 02, 2006
What's new in NetBeans Mobility Pack 5.0
You can read my previous post about new features in Mobility Pack for complex overview. I'll just quickly name the improvements in 5.0.
Visual Mobile Designer helps you to create you application in easy graphic way - RAD. You can design all the screens, add components and commands in Screen Design view. And then you'll define flow between this screens in Flow Design. You know VMD from 4.1 but it's better now There are three new custom components in palette You can redesign layout of the screens and transitions. The one guarded block was splitted.
The support for connecting to server side data either throught JSR172 or our binary protocol has improved as well. Two wizards will help you to generate the client side for your midlets. It generates even Sample midlet to introduce you the functionality.
The preprocessor syntax changed to be more readable. Now it supports inner blocks, complicated condition, value checks etc. Preprocessor is able to understand the "old syntax" from 4.1, 4.0 So you don't have to worry that the 4.1 projects will not run in 5.0. We offer you conversion to the new syntax in one click. You can use project created in Antenna or J2ME polish in NetBeans now. I don't even talk about code completion that makes creation of preprocesor much more easier.
The Java Platform Emulator finds all your installed SDKs with emulators. If not point it to the install directory and it has to work... (if not then the emulator SDK isn't UEI compliant or the installation is broken). You can easily download emulators with Update Center.
If you are intersted in history and evolution of the features look at this page. You'll definitelly find some usefull TIPs in my TIP category, in FAQs or in tutorials. Be prepared for more tutorials - the list is really huge.
There is nice presentation about NetBeans 5.0 on JavaLobby. Roumen is talking about Beta in this presentation but the features remain still the same in final 5.0 ... only the bugs were fixed