Releasing Sun Java Studio Creator as Visual Web Pack for Netbeans 5.5

As I mentioned in my earlier blog, Sun Java Studio Creator is soon to be released as Visual Web Pack (VWP) for Netbeans 5.5. A technology preview of the VWP will be available in early November. I'm really excited about this release, especially because the award winning web development techniques of Creator will be available side by side with other award winning technologies such as

  • Matisse GUI designer for desktop application
  • Enterprise pack for SOA application development
  • Mobility pack for developing application for technology enabled mobile devices
  • Native Language pack for languages such as C/C++
  • Integrated Profiler for performance and memory analyses.

all in a single IDE and certainly would reduce the IDE confusion.

Making the Creator as Visual Web Pack for Netbeans 5.5 has several advantages.

  • Creator user need not have to switch between different IDE's (Creator and Netbeans) to implement other technologies not included in Creator.
  • There will not be a release lag between the two IDE's. Creator 2U1 is based on Netbeans 4.1, where as Netbeans 5.0 has been released already and Netbeans 5.5 will be released soon. Cutting edge technologies released in Netbeans will be immediately available for Creator users.
  • Open sourcing Creator as part of Netbeans open source repository will allow curious and courageous users to stay in tune with bleeding edge technology.
  • Integration to useful third party modules and contributed modules is easy and quick

Visual web pack being part of Netbeans 5.5 has the following advantage

  • Supports  both Java EE5 and J2EE 1.4 based web application development
  • Support for simplified POJO based Java Persistence and EJB3 development
  • Support for simplified Web Services development using JAX-WS
  • Supports both JSF 1.1 (Creator 2U1 components) and new JSF 1.2 components
  • Supports Glassfish (Java EE 5) and J2EE 1.4 containers such as Tomcat, JBOSS etc
Comments:

It would be great to have some clear and understandable documentation on how to create new custom JSF control packs for Netbeans.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on October 29, 2006 at 01:42 AM PDT #

Hi Mikael, You mean documentation about how to create a new JSF component library.
Have you tried
http://wiki.java.net/bin/view/Javatools/CustomComponentLibraries
http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2004/07/16/jsfcustom.html
In fact, we are discussing about developing a JSF component authoring tool for Creator (and Visual Web Pack). But we are not sure if Creator customers will be interested in one. Send us your input on this.

Posted by Winston Prakash on November 10, 2006 at 12:33 AM PST #

Hi, yes, the tool is absolute great !! BUT it leaks in decent tutorials. Please, put some basic JSF tutorials to understand how things are going with VWP. I am trying to write a JSF web application with a dynamic table, I mean, the table has to be updated by a thread, and the data comes in from a ArrayList every x seconds. Would you mind to write down an example with NB 5.5 + VWP? Cheers

Posted by Jose on November 14, 2006 at 02:49 AM PST #

IMHO, a template/component editor for SJSC/VWB will help a lot. I have the following needs: 1. Add a "title" to a layout/grid panel (using the same style as Table); 2. All pages must follow a "header/messages/search panel/table" layout. I don't need any cool editor features other than what we have in current VWP, but it is a waste doing the same steps all the time.

Posted by Eduardo Costa on November 24, 2006 at 12:17 PM PST #

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