Why NetBeans?

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"Why NetBeans?" is the name of my newest flash presentation, which covers 10 reasons why I think NetBeans is a great IDE. The presentation is divided into two parts and in the first part I talk about following topics:

1. Matisse GUI Builder

2. Ant-based projects

3. NetBeans Profiler

4. NetBeans Platform

5. Localization

So if you are a member of NetBeans community you will probably know these features well (all 4 demos are about features included in NetBeans 5.0). I think this preso is really useful for newcomers to NetBeans - but perhaps you can learn a trick or two from the demos, too, even though you know NetBeans well.

The second part of the presentation is in the works and will cover following topics:

6. Java EE 5

7. Mobility Pack

8. SOA Tools

9. Visual Web Pack

10. Open Source Community

So except for number 10 these topics are 5.5-related and I'll talk about the new cool features... stay tuned for part 2. For now, you can play part 1:

Click to start the flash presentation

I am also preparing an overview of NetBeans 5.5 features which will be published short after the release at Javalobby.

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Comments ( 8 )
  • vatel Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    The demo looks great, I just have some propositions:

    1) when demonstrating GUI editor, it would be great to see some action handler - you press a button and something is changed in window.

    2) NetBeans Platform - you have added the custom window, but this window does nothing... Maybe you could demonstrate how this window communicate with some other part(s) of NetBeans?
  • Roumen Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    Yes ... this would be useful but it takes time (I cover a lot of features in the preso). I cover these topics in some of the other demos I published on netbeans.org (e.g. this one). The "Why NetBeans?" is rather for the overview of the cool stuff for newcomers... Thanks for your feedback!
  • Roumen Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    Btw Geertjan had this great idea that we could do a flash demo with NetBeans Visual library - use the APIs to actually build some nice application in the demo. So stay tuned for that ... it's in my todolist (which is not short ;)
  • Charles Oliver Nutter Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    Very nice presentation! I will have to try out the profiling tools...they're as good as commercial tools we currently use.
  • Serkan Demir Thursday, October 5, 2006
    The flash demo is great, Roman. It will be a valuable resource for beginners. I will start propaganda in my company to migrate Netbeans as soon as possible :)
  • Roumen Thursday, October 5, 2006
    Cool ;) This is just part 1... it will take a while to prepare part 2, but then the story will be complete.
  • sard Monday, October 9, 2006
    At 3:05 of the Matisse demo there is some corruption as the preview is resized. I get that quite a bit on my laptop, is there a fix?
    Matisse should definitely be reason 1. It's the reason I switched back when 5 was still in beta.
  • Roumen Monday, October 9, 2006
    Thanks for noticing... I know about two glitches in this demo, but the thing is that it's very hard to record these flashes (it seems like fun, but it's not :) So I guess I'll stick to this for now, if I have time I'll re-record it later on, but I have lots of work (I'm working on the second part now).
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