By Satyajit Tripathi on Jul 31, 2008
If you are ever wondering what is NetBeans, its really the confluence of world's best 'Three'
- A very popular IDE (Integrated Development Environment), which is open source
- One of the richest Platform, comprised of enormous set of Module and Plugins
- A large Thriving Community of Subscribers, and growing by the day
NetBeans 6.1 IDE is completely developed on Java technology which is known for its portability and interoperability. NetBeans 6.1 is the "The Only IDE You Need!" to develop applications in almost any programming language of your expertise. What more if I say, its also now available on operating system platform of your choice, Sun-OS Solaris10, OpenSolaris, Microsoft Windows, various Linux distributions, Mac OS Intel. Moreover you may choose to build and manage your entire SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) within this single most familiar NetBeans 6.1 IDE.
The history of NetBeans started in the year 1996 with few University students at Prague as their academic project. In the year 2000, Sun Microsystems decided to sponsor the project and also made it open source at www.netbeans.org domain. Today's one of the richest NetBeans Platform was born in the year 2001. The Platform comprises of extensive Packages and APIs those can be extended to rapidly build your Rich Client Applications without the effort of reinventing the wheel. In 2006 the NetBeans 5.0 was launched with a comprehensive Module development support. The recent NetBeans 6.x brought about new enhancements in Platform development like SWING GUI Builder (formerly known as Matisse project) among multitude of new other features.
Here are two slide sets which I created to talk about 1). NetBeans 6.1 IDE (preso) and 2). NetBeans Platform (preso) development. I have also used few proofs of my photography skills in the slides to express myself.
Recommended by Geertjan Wielenga : NetBeans Platform Certified Engineering teaching resources, under Slides on Specialized Technical Topics and the Main NetBeans Platform APIs.
Excellent technical overview, covering the user interface support in NetBeans IDE, as well as the main NetBeans APIs.