Monday Aug 13, 2007

Preview: Online Help for CASA Editor

Online Help Preview for Casa Editor

I've completed the first draft of the online help for the CASA editor that will appear in NetBeans 6.0. After receiving comments and feedback, I will update this help and make it available for the Beta 1 Release.

In this preview, I've created a Table of Contents page that represents how Help on the CASA Editor will be listed in the NetBeans Help TOC Window.

The help displayed for the CASA editor in this preview will be similar to how it looks in the NetBeans Help Window. To get a closer feel to how it will look in NetBeans, you might want to decrease the size of your browser window. I've noticed that it looks closer to the actual help in NetBeans when viewed with FireFox browser.

Update3 (8/22/07): I've updated the online help to correct terminology issues and incorporate suggestions from Tientien Li.

Please comment with any suggestions or corrections.

Tuesday Jul 31, 2007

Installing Open Source JBI Components into the NetBeans IDE

Test Drive This Tutorial: Installing JBI Components into the NetBeans IDE

This tutorial is planned for NetBeans 6.0 FCS Release. However, the final version of this tutorial will probably be posted and maintained on the Open ESB Project site.

This tutorial runs with NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 10 and later builds. Download Daily and latest builds for NetBeans 6.0 IDE.

This tutorial also requires that you download JBI components from the Open JBI Components daily build site.

NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 10 provides only a handful of JBI components as part of the default GlassFish Application Server. However, you can incorporate many of the JBI components available from Project Open ESB and related sites into the NetBeans IDE.

The tutorial shows how to download JBI components from the Open ESB Project site and install them into the NetBeans IDE. It also shows how to install the WSDL Extensions Plug-in to leverage the editing tools available from the NetBeans IDE.

The tutorial uses the open source FTP Binding Component and WSDL Extension Plug-in to illustrate this procedure.

Note: Currently, the WSDL Extensions Plug-ins for JBI Components are not readily available from the Project Open ESB site. For this tutorial, I provide this Plug-in for the FTP Binding Component to illustrate how the procedure works.

Friday Jul 27, 2007

CASA Editor: Quick Start Tutorial

Test Drive This Tutorial: CASA Editor: Quick Start Tutorial

This Quick Start Guide is a tutorial planned for NetBeans 6.0 FCS Release. It provides a quick introduction to the CASA Editor.

This tutorial runs with NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 10 and later builds. Download Daily and latest builds for NetBeans 6.0 IDE.

The idea behind this tutorial is to provide a quick introduction to the basic features of the CASA Editor. I included screenshots for most steps to guide the reader through the UI.

Comments are welcome.

Configuring and Starting the GlassFish Application Server

Test Drive This Tutorial: Configuring and Starting the GlassFish Application Server

This "mini-tutorial" is planned for NetBeans 6.0 FCS Release.

This tutorial runs with NetBeans 6.0 Milestone 10 and later builds. Download Daily and latest builds for NetBeans 6.0 IDE.

The idea behind this tutorial is to isolate basic set-up instructions that are shared by many tutorials. These instructions can then be maintained in a single space. Other NetBeans tutorials will reference this tutorial in their basic set-up instructions. The user then will get the same set-up instructions throughout their tutorial experience.

Update1: It turns out that starting with Milestone 10, if the GlassFish Application Server is not running when you deploy an application, it will automatically start anyway. I've modified the tutorial accordingly. Changes are marked with change bars.

Update2: I've made additional changes based on comments I've received. Please review the comment thread. Any additional feedback is welcome!

Monday Jul 23, 2007

Coming Soon. . .

Watch this space for new tutorials, articles, and other ramblings from a tech writer documenting SOA for the NetBeans IDE.

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