Feature rich NetBeans Update Center

I tried NetBeans Update Center a while back, however I did not blog about its features till now. The Update Center project for GlassFish will borrow code from NetBeans Update Center and add Desktop integration of Update Center, so that new modules and updates can be notified to the user.
The first screen of NetBeans Update Center Wizard looks like the following:

NetBeans shows all the Update Centers (for example NetBeans Update Center, Third Party Update Center etc), so that the users can pick only the Update Centers of their choice. If user already has an update (NBM file), user can install this update/module at this point. User can set proxy server information by clicking on "Proxy Configuration" button. I liked the fact that the default is to use the system proxy settings.

I click on "Next" button to select the modules and updates for the Update Centers. All the updates and new modules show with different icons. NetBeans does not all the existing modules here. I guess NetBeans has a ModuleManager to look at the current modules and their installed versions. User can also uninstall from the ModuleManager menu. It would be nice if NetBeans provides a link to ModuleManager from Update Center. I can click on the update to see the available version and the installed version. I can choose these using "Add", "Add All" button to be installed.

I selected CVS client and CVS Version System. NetBeans quickly downloads these components.

At any points these download process can be stopped. However it can not be resumed. It would be nice enhancement for large updates/modules in the order of few Mega bytes or more. If the internet connection is dropped, user does not have to start from the beginning. GlassFish Update Center is planning to use Sun Download Manager so that we provide this functionality. NetBeans NBM modules come with the certificate of the module developer. User can check the certificate for validity and trustworthiness of the module/update and make a decision to get this or not. A screenshot of the certification verification looks like the following:

To summarize I liked all the NetBeans Update Center features. Smart download, Desktop Integration (notify in case of updates or new modules) will further enhance user experience. Better integration between Module Manager and Update Center would also be a major plus. It would be nice, if user could also rollback an update easily.
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Gayrat Good!

Posted by gayrat on October 23, 2006 at 10:00 PM PDT #

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