Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Run with Arguments plugin for NetBeans IDE 8.0 available on update center

The Run with Arguments plugin which I mentioned in my earlier post is now online and available on the Plugin Portal Update Center.

This means that now this plugin is available in the NetBeans IDE Plugins dialog box, in the available plugins.

This is a short demonstration for features of this plugin.  This plugin provides features to run Java projects or any Java file having main method with interactive command line arguments.

with regards
Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Oracle Announces New NetBeans IDE 8.0 with Full Support for Java 8

I am sharing the announcement published on NetBeans Dream Team mailing list by Tinuola Awopetu AS IS here:

NetBeans IDE 8.0 delivers comprehensive support for the latest Java 8 technologies--Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8. The IDE also provides a range of new enhancements for Maven and Java EE with PrimeFaces; new tools for HTML5, in particular for AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.

Download NetBeans IDE 8.0!

Release Highlights:
  • Java 8 technology support
  • Java EE code generators for PrimeFaces
  • New tools and performance enhancements for Maven
  • New tools for coding AngularJS
  • Tomcat 8.0 and TomEE support
  • Support for PHP 5.5
  • Enhancements for Subversion, Git and Mercurial
  • NetBeans IDE 8.0 is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

More Information
Complete list of features in NetBeans IDE 8.0

Video: What's New in NetBeans IDE 8.0

New Screencasts and Tutorials
Oracle Press Release

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Command line Arguments for Java Projects in NetBeans IDE

Topics Covered
  1. Exploring "Run with Arguments" module
  2. Providing command line arguments to single Java Files
NBRunWithArgs is a new NetBeans IDE module which is created by yours truly :)
It is available at the URL .  To install this plug-in we have to follow these steps.

  1. Ensure you are using the latest and greatest NetBeans IDE 8.0
  2. Download the latest realease 1.1.0 NBM file from the releases page of project site.  The exact link for the download of release 1.1.0 can also be used.
  3. Open the Plugin Manager in NetBeans IDE by using Tools > Plugins menu option
  4. Navigate to the Downloaded tab and using the Add Plugins... button locate the downloaded NBM file and install it, approve the certificate.
  5. NetBeans IDE will restart and then the plugin is ready for show
How to use the plugin:

Run Project with Arguments
1. The command will be available in the Run Menu or context menu of a Java project (right click menu)

Run a single file with Arguments
This is a feature which is not available by any other way in NetBeans IDE 8.0 yet.  Even if your project has many files having main method you can right click the file you want and use the Run with Arguments command to run the file with command line arguments

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NetBeans Platform for Beginners - book by Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland

Recently I got a chance to read book - NetBeans Platform for Beginners by Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland.  I am happy to share with you all that this book has added much required and missed knowledge about NetBeans Platform in world.

Major points worth mentioning here are:

Flexible Price
The authors have chosen as their book authoring system which offers choice to the readers for paying a flexible price for the book.  The authors have kept a range of price for this book and for some days it is available for a lesser amount.  I liked this way of publishing.  Once I buy an eBook from all the updates to that book done by the author are made available to the readers which is great.

Strong theoretical base
This book takes a way of teaching where they explain the concepts involved in the chapter theoretically in details as the first part of the chapter.  The second part of each chapter presents an example using the theory presented in the first part.  I feel this is a good way of teaching for a beginners book.  It provides detailed knowledge of the elements of the NetBeans Platform and immediately they also get information about how to use the knowledge in real life scenario.

Important and necessary topics
This book covers important topics which are needed to understand the NetBeans Platform system and goes into details of those chosen topics to make the knowledge base strong for the learner.  The detailing is so fine that experienced NetBeans Platform developers will also find this book handy for reference purposes.

Complete example per chapter
The book uses a practical example per chapter which gets completed and can be implemented fully with the chapter.  The example does not depend on any other chapter exercise of examples.  I found this as a better way to do the examples.  Just because of this method learner can choose any topic and complete reading it and doing the example without depending on any other chapter for code or domain understanding.

Latest API and references
This book is the latest reference of the NetBeans Platform available now.  It also mentions many new API annotations added to the platform in the recent past. 

The book starts with Core concepts, then GUI concepts and finally some extra items like Project concept and other utilities.  The book has enough content for enabling a reader to start developing NetBeans Platform applications.  The illustrations are crisp and provided when needed.

Finally I will recommend all readers to buy this book and enrich their NetBeans Platform development toolkit.  It is a essential resource you should have in your set.  I have seen the authors of the book accepting the feedback about the book on the site readily and they are also preparing for updates to the book as and when new information becomes available.

I am grateful to Geertjan who recommended this book to me and to the authors of the book who provided discount coupon for the book purchase.  I believe this book will enrich my knowledge about NetBeans Platform and will provide detail reference when needed while developing NetBeans Platform applications.