The Statusbar Lives

I'm presently looking at netbooks since somebody told me he wrote his weekend project on an Eee PC, with Eclipse! I looked at some specs and apparently, modern Netbooks are about as fast as 4-year-old PCs. So, NetBeansBook, here I come. :)

Mind you, I'm not trying to do enterprise-level development here. I just would like to use the time on a train to, say, refactor and javadoc Java SE projects. I recently got my hands on an Intellibook, and the owner let me run a 3D Java sample app (based on the jMonkeyEngine framework). I ran it straight from the USB stick, with several other applications eating away memory in the background, and it worked without batting an eye.

Sure it wasn't the best framerate ever, but now I at least know that a netbook-type graphics card (e.g. GMA 950) generally supports OpenGL (and the jMonkeyEngine). Obviously a netbook wouldn't be fast enough to play a modern 3D action game, but at least I should be able to check whether my refactoring didn't cause any obvious runtime errors in my low-fi project. The Netbook is not meant to be the main development machine, it's more an internet-capable typewriter. With refactoring. ;)

While I was pondering that, I deinstalled a few plugins to make my "Java SE" NetBeans use as little memory as possible (roughly 100 MB). To simulate a netbook with Linux, I even ran NetBeans in a VirtualBox with a 800x600 resolution, X-) and went through this DarkStar/NetBeans/jMonkeyEngine tutorial. It all went well, albeit slow. I only got this nagging feeling about the statusbar at the bottom. Why is it taking away such an impossible amount of space?!?! On 600x800 it sure seems like it. ;)

I was looking around for a way to disable it, when I realized that it actually does something useful: It shows paths to open files. You already know that you can see the file path by hovering the pointer over a file tab in the editor. But the statusbar is also handy when you ctrl-tab through open editor windows, and some of them have the same name, then it shows you the full path for disambiguation. Oh well, I guess it can stay then!

Comments:

Hi Ruth, nice article. I remember a recent discussion about which NetBook would be best for running NB. I think it was Fabrizio Giudici who gave some advice. ah, found it:
http://old.nabble.com/Netbook-td24976323.html#a24976323

--Toni

Posted by Toni Epple on December 07, 2009 at 11:35 PM CET #

Hi Ruth,
very interesting article, however you can hack how statusbar is displayed in window system:
adding "-J-Dnetbeans.winsys.statusLine.in.menuBar=true" to default_options row in .config file will make statusbar part of menubar.

Bye.
Rocco.

Posted by Rocco Casaburo on December 21, 2009 at 03:23 AM CET #

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