Selection management and nodes are two frequently used aspects of the NetBeans Platform. And these aspects have been well documented in tutorials: NetBeans Selection Management Tutorial I—Using a TopComponent’s Lookup NetBeans Selection Management Tutorial II—Using Nodes NetBeans Nodes API Tutorial These tutorials (specifically the second one) deal with explorer views that are located on top … Read moreTutorial: Not So Global Selection
Observing developers at work in the NetBeans IDE, I have noticed that the project groups feature is perhaps not as well known as one might expect. Despite being listed as one of the Base IDE features. 🙂 Quickly opening up a set of related projects is a very useful feature indeed, if you work on … Read moreOde to Project Groups
During an average day working on an Ant-based NetBeans Platform application, a developer would constantly use the project actions such as “Build”, “Clean” and “Test” in the NetBeans IDE. But when the application needs to be built on a build server, a way needs to be found to perform these actions from the command line. … Read moreBuilding a NetBeans Platform Application from the Command Line
A recent question on the NetBeans Platform Users forum made me think again about the layer file and its current place in the platform. And so I decided to write this post. Note that this post is about the NetBeans Platform, and specifically version 7.1. The layer file used to be the place where almost … Read moreThe Life and Times of the Layer File
One of the new features of the NetBeans IDE in version 7.1 is the Visual Debugger. The Visual Debugger allows you to easily find the source code for GUI components. Read the tutorial Using the Visual Debugger in NetBeans IDE for more information.