Visual Web Pack Opensourced
By Roman Strobl on II 16, 2007
Visual web pack is one of the last pieces of functionality whose sources were not available (historically the sources come from a closed source product called Java Studio Creator). As reported by Winston Prakash, around 14.000 files have been processed an are now available in NetBeans source repository. The build instructions are here, but the team is now in the middle of transition to new editor infrastructure so it may take a while till everything works properly.
The more interesting features will come in future milestones - M8 and later: visual WS and EJB data binding, support for portlets, support for migration from Creator 2 and more. The plan for NetBeans 6 is also to unify many of the parts of the IDE which were different in NetBeans and Creator.