Sep 242012

Building an update center for your NetBeans Platform application with Maven is easy – simply call the nbm:autoupdate goal from the parent folder. Unless you choose another outputDirectory, the updates.xml and nbms will be available in the target/netbeans_site folder after the goal is executed.

The interesting tip is this: If you copy other nbms into that folder before running the nbm:autoupdate goal, they will be included in the updates.xml file! This is the easiest way I have found so far to combine modules from different suites into one update center. 🙂

Sep 112012

Another cool new feature in the latest development builds of the NetBeans IDE: a new source navigation view! At the bottom of the editor window, there is now a new panel showing you where you are in the source code. It shows you which class, method and block you are in. And by clicking on one of the elements on the bar, you can quickly navigate to other locations. Very handy indeed!


Sep 042012

I discovered another cool feature in the latest development builds of the NetBeans IDE. When viewing a pom.xml file in any Maven-based project, you can now see the effective pom. This means that the configuration inherited from one or more parent pom.xml files is shown in this view too. Very useful indeed!