I Wrote My First Plugin for NetBeans
By Roman Strobl on VI 30, 2005
When I saw the newest tutorial from Geertjan I decided it's time for me to write my first NetBeans plug-in. I am a software quality engineer (fancy title for a tester), so I do not know much about development of NetBeans plug-ins. Anyway, after several hours of experimenting my first plug-in is alive :-) This is how it looks like:
Not very beautiful, I know, but that was not the goal. I wanted to experiment with writing plug-ins to find out how easy or hard it is. The development is a lot simplified by a wizard which helps you create the backbone of the plug-in. The rest needs a bit of investigation on the platform website and NetBeans APIs.
If you are really interested, the sources are here. Open the project in latest development build of NetBeans, you also need to get Open APIs support from Update Center, otherwise you won't be able to open it. This plug-in is extremely simple so you can use study it to see how to write NetBeans plug-ins. I don't guarantee that this is the best way how to do it, but it works for me. A lot of things could be improved, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible if others would like to take a look at it.
If you still wonder what is the purpose of the plug-in, see this.
Update: This e-mail is what you need if you want to add external libraries into your nbm. If you want to try my extremely useful module, download it here (works only in dev builds).