Monday, July 31, 2006

Very quick start with the NetBeans Platform #4

At this point you have removed IDE-related bits and pieces from the interface however there are a few lingering items in the menu and the toolbar. I won't repeat was are very good instructions on this webpage. Specifically, you will need to edit the layer.xml file. Check it out!

NetBeans IDE 5.0 FeedReader Tutorial - Branding the Application


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Black-Scholes on the NetBeans Platform

I've had a little pet interest in derivative pricing for a while and thought I would make a quick little Black-Scholes option pricing tool on the NetBeans Platform. Probably not useful to anyone. Just a quick little thing to keep me amused with the short little spirts of free time I get.



Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Very quick start with the NetBeans Platform #3

Here is how to pull away the NetBeans IDE 'stuff' out of the example application I've been showing. It's almost too easy to grant showing but here it is.

Step One : Go to the Module Suite project application properties

Select 'Create Standalone Application'. You will then be prompted with a dialog box asking whether you would like to 'exclude' the IDE-related modules. Click 'Exclude' and they are gone.

Step Two : Hit 'F6'

I've added quite a number of screenshots in these posts but really the whole process of starting a Module Suite project and a quick Module project takes just a couple minutes.

To see really interesting uses of the NetBeans Platform and catch the latest news the best places to go are to the blogs of Roumen and Geertjan.

I'm just a backyard NetBeans enthusiast. They are the real deal. :-)
Very quick start with the NetBeans Platform #2

In the last entry I showed how to kick-start a NetBeans Platform, or Module Suite, project. Quite simple.

This entry is about adding a very quick little Module to that new project.

Step One : Start a new Module Project

Step Two : Give the project a name and add it to your existing Module Suite project

Step Three : Give the Module a display name and name the packages

Step Four : Here you can see the project in the Project Explorer

Step Five : Add a Window Component

Step Six : Choose Window Position. I chose 'editor' and to open on start-up

Step Seven : Write a class name prefix

Step Eight : Form Builder opens ready for you

Step Eight : I made a little Login Form.

Matisse is absolutely fantastic to work with. Belissimo.

Step Eight : Hit 'F6'

Now you will see the NetBeans Platform 'shell' start up with your Module. This example is very simple but hey man it's a panel. You can make anything you want there and bundle the Module in your Module Suite.

In the next post I will pull out the NetBeans IDE Modules so you get a cleaner looking application of your making.
Very quick start with the NetBeans Platform #1

A friend at work was telling me he didn't understand what the NetBeans Platform was and what was the difference between the NetBeans IDE and the NetBeans Platform. So I explained this to him. I then very quickly I showed him how quickly you could start an application built on the NetBeans Platform. It took literally a couple minutes with a few clicks, a few drag and drops, and a little typing.

I thought that a few screenshots on the blog would help people take those first few steps. Otherwise, like many persons I've met who have said, "I just don't have the time to investigate what the NetBeans Platform is."

Here we go.

Step One : Create a new Module Suite Project

Step Two : Give the project a name and set it as the Main Project

Step Three : Here you can see the project in the Project Explorer

Step Four : Hit 'F6'

You won't see much but you will see the beginnings of a desktop application built on the NetBeans Platform. In my next post I will add some steps to getting a first sample module started and bundled with this application.