Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Running ANT targets from NetBeans IDE

NetBeans IDE used ANT for building Java projects.  Many times it is not obvious for new people to know how to run custom ANT targets from NetBeans IDE.

The footprint project has its own ANT build script with lots of custom targets.  Let us see how to run one of the targets from the build script.  To see the build script we will navigate to the Files panel which is second tab just right to the Projects panel.

We can see our build.xml build script.  When you click on that file name the contents of the file will be instantly shown in the Navigation panel below the Files Panel.  Now we can issue the Run Target command from both the panels Files as well as Navigator.

We will just have to right click the desired target and say Run Target >  and the target will be executed for you.

with regards
Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Released

NetBeans IDE 6.5 offers simplified and rapid development of web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications with PHP, JavaScript, Java, C/C++, Ruby, and Groovy.

New features include a robust IDE for PHP, JavaScript debugging for Firefox and IE, and support for Groovy and Grails. The release also delivers a number of enhancements for Java, Ruby on Rails, and C/C++ development. Java highlights include: built-in support for Hibernate, Eclipse project import, and compile on save. Combining excellent out of the box experience, compelling features, and a great plugin ecosystem.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 is currently available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. There are several community contributed localization efforts underway to support additional languages. Join the efforts today.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Learning NetBeans Platform through an example

I found a good GTD software today.  I downloaded it and gave it a trial run.  I liked the concept mapping for GTD in this software.  This software is complete in all professional software criterias.  The most important thing I noted in this software is, it is created using the NetBeans platform.

ThinkingRock as a NetBeans Platform implementation
The ThinkingRock software as is implemented in Netbeans platform I checked the license of the software and was delighted to see that it is having CDDL license and is a open source software.  I quickly downloaded the source from the SVN repository kept at

Now I have a complete software implementation done in NetBeans Platform.  This will be a sample application for any NetBeans Platform study.  This software contains all the aspects which are expected in a professional software.

with regards
Tushar Joshi, Nagpur