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I've been a big fan of early community involvement in projects, especially after how much it helped drive Swing to its first release. Back then the general rule was to post an alpha, silently wait for feedback to trickle in, ship a beta months later, wait again, and then release the batch without any response to most of the feedback. Swing broke that process by releasing snapshots every two...
on Mar 17, 2006
Well, it's been a long haul, but Jackpot is now available as an early access release. It's not pretty or have a rich command set yet, but the core engine works and there is lots of documentation to read and sample transformations to try out. Everything can be found at the Jackpot project home page. As previously promised, this early access release is geared toward developers who want to...
on Mar 13, 2006
Patience is a virtue? I never really learned that growing up, and impatience has served me and most of my fellow developers much better in our careers. So it's been a frustrating time since JavaOne lining up my ducks (an expression which probably doesn't translate well, but visualize how hard that would be) to make Jackpot available. Yesterday we had a big breakthrough, though, with marketing...
on Mar 3, 2006
If your answer is an IDE, you're half right. It's also probably what more than 90% of my readers have answered. Few folks seem to know that NetBeans is also a platform for building desktop applications. I was on the phone with an analyst last week who was absolutely shocked to learn this fact. Now the NetBeans Platform has been around for 5 years - so why is it such a big secret? Most likely...
on Feb 28, 2006
Hi, because I currently can't find a solution for a bug, and haven't an idea for a module that is interessting to write, I want to share today some lerning I got during the developent of JnlpMultiView. It is based on XmlMultiView, which enables you to create a visual editor for every XML file. I was real happy when Geertjan add a project sample to his Update Center. I tried it before but without...
on Feb 26, 2006
Hi and welcome to my first blog entry. Today, I want to write about two topics I really like: NetBeans and Java Web Start. Web Start is my first choose for application deployment, but the JNLP files offers you many option, and it is hard to remind everything. The support of JNLP files in NetBeans was bad, not even the standard xml editor features works. With NetBeans 5.0 Module Development was...
on Feb 16, 2006
NetBeans starts with the expected product experience: Easy to download and install. The product loaded quickly. Typical start screen with progress bar. After 3 pages of notes, I surmised that the NetBeans team still doesn't get it. It is look and feel, it is user experience, it is the GUI experience on the Windows platform. The following are some minor complaints after a few hours of...
on Feb 13, 2006
At Geertjan's prompting, I've submitted the windows version of the JDIC browser to nbextras.org. I don't know what their turnaround time is, but keep a look out...
on Feb 7, 2006
This blog just collects some bugs I've filed on NetBeans and the fixes and workarounds they have. Also, I want to take this opportunity to say that the netbeans team is incredibly responsive to bug reports, especially finding and marking duplicates. Us users really appreciate it. Personally, as a member of Sun's JSF team, you are an inspiration for me to be more responsive to my bugs! The...
on Jan 24, 2006
In his blog today, Charles Lamb points out precisely one of the advantages of NetBeans over Eclipse - portability. With NetBeans, exactly the same bits run on any platform with a 1.4 or greater JVM - there's no native code to worry about. You can take the zip distribution, just unzip it on any machine with a modern JDK and there you go. And more importantly, working with a J2EE project...
on Jan 19, 2006
After reading my Derby Tutorial, a co-worker asked me about using JNDI to access the Derby database. Here are the steps required to access Derby as a resource configured in Tomcat 5.5. Getting Started First, follow the Derby Tutorial at least through the step Create Table Wizard. This will get Derby properly configured with NetBeans and give us at least one table to work with, Friends. Copy the...
on Jan 17, 2006
When an analyst says that Microsoft and IBM are following Sun/NetBeans in tools. Yet James Governor of RedMonk does just that in his blog today. What a lovely thing to read over my first cup of coffee on a Tuesday (de-facto Monday - yesterday was a holiday in the U.S.) morning. It's going to be a good week :-)
on Jan 17, 2006
If you read my bio, you'll see that I have a pretty deep background in J2EE technology. However, over the past year I've been focusing on other technologies, like the eBay SDK for Java and J2ME. In the mean time, J2EE, now Java EE, has sped on past. With the forthcoming release of Java EE 5, things are changing dramatically, specifically with regards to EJBs. Last month JSR 220 - Enterprise...
on Jan 5, 2006
The community is awesome to provide feedback about quality and features. The comments left to the previous entry, made me improve the NetBeans Module Startup Settings I am developing. Improvements: 1) a drop-down with presets of jvm parameters 2) library of jvm options with a short description for each one 3) links to performance related websites Click the image to see a larger version (...
on Dec 29, 2005
About two weeks ago NetBeans has announced a Look and Feel competition (which should really by Look only, since they are accepting screenshots). One of the more enjoyable ways to create an attractive screenshot (although this depends on male-to-female ratio on the judging panel :) is to use the Substance NB module that allows using the Substance LAF integrated into the View menu. One of the users...
on Dec 26, 2005
In this installment, I'll be solving 2 issues with the building of a distributable application from a NetBeans Module Suite: Including a custom conf file (instead of the default etc/netbeans.conf) Including the JDK with my distribution First, let's take a look at my vbuilder.conf file: # ${HOME} will be replaced by JVM user.home system property# ${APPNAME} will be replaced by the app name...
on Dec 20, 2005
NetBeans IDE as a pure Java Swing app, can use any JVM parameters, it can be specified at netbeans.conf file, as Charlie Hunt blogged about that, see NetBeans IDE: Adding/Changing JVM command line args. Then as Charlie asked to contribute a plugin to configure NetBeans startup settings, I decided to try it, an developed the plugin, see a small screenshot below (click to enlarge). View image It'...
on Dec 18, 2005
Eclipse just announced the release candidate for their Web Tools Project. However, it appears to be getting a luke warm reception. It's been over a year now since NetBeans first announced its release candidate of 4.1 with J2EE support, and it has received nothing but praise. With heavyweights like IBM, BEA and Borland contributing to Eclipse, it makes me all the more proud of what Ludovic...
on Dec 9, 2005
Last Saturday (November 19th) I went to OneDayJava 2005, an event hosted by Rio de Janeiro SouJava affiliate and had the privilege of hearing a speech from Robert Brewin, NetBeans and Sun Java Studio Creator Chief Architect. It was a great opportunity to ask him about the relationship between NetBeans development and Java Studio Creator. I was always suspicious that NetBeans were a second-class...
on Nov 22, 2005
NetBeans, SouJava and GlobalCode launched the "Desafio" NetBeans in the last International Marathon 4 Java. Brazilian developers have a chance to win A JavaOne2006 pass, entitling the winner to a free roundtrip airfare to San Francisco with hotel accommodations included. You can participate as an individual or a team. If you choose to participate as a team and you win the first place you will be...
on Nov 22, 2005