By Rechtacek's on Apr 25, 2008
UI of NetBeans Plugin Manager (Tools|Plugins in NetBeans6 menu item) was designed for a long time and then tunned a bit to fit all objectives:
- to be high focused to major use-cases
- to be understandable
- and smoothness of user work flow.
I believe it will meet most of users needs however it couldn't cover any imaginable requirement. On this account there are a few options what might be useful for developers using NetBeans platform. I summarized these possibilities at http://wiki.netbeans.org/FaqPluginManagerCustomization. Such as to make Plugin Manager showing all modules regardless of its visibility flag or to show plugin code name in plugin's details.