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Blog Archive for pkeegan during October 2007

Just a few days after I published my first major foray into explaining Beans Binding in NetBeans, I received some feedback asking how to populate a JComboBox with reasonable display values from a data source. I had been wondering the same thing. With the help of Honza Stola (explanation plus code snippet) and the trusty Beans Binding Javadoc (available from NetBeans by choosing Help > Javadoc...
Recently I've been working on help for NetBeans support for the new beans binding spec (JSR-295). Much of the excitement around beans binding is that it greatly simplifies data binding in Java desktop apps. No more writing of adapter classes by hand to enable the display of values from a database in JTable. But there is also the question of how beans binding simplifies general UI programming....
I have just finished a short guide to beans binding in NetBeans that is being published to coincide with the fresh Beta 2 release of NetBeans IDE 6.0. In this guide I tackle the basics and introduce the advanced features. This document will evolve with more details as I find time to fill them in. Please send me feedback on what you would like to see added and/or clarified. In related news, Beta 2...