NetBeans Platform for Beginners

Modular Application Development for the Java Desktop

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Whether a complete newbie to creating pluggable Java desktop software with the NetBeans Platform or interested in refreshing your knowledge and filling in the gaps, this is for you! The main themes of the book are modules, file systems, windows, nodes, and actions... and everything in between. Start your modular development process with the best set of texts and exercises available today.

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  • Benno Markiewicz Reviewer

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    Do not be fooled by "for Beginners" in the title! Indeed, this book provides the most comprehensive introduction to the basics, such as modularity, layer.xml, Lookup, actions, context-sensitive nodes, and window system... that I have ever read. BUT you will find many advanced topics in this book too. For example, there are detailed texts about using Modes, the Palette, Visual Library, Project API and so much more. You will even learn how to write your own annotation processors. In short, this is a reference I would not like to miss. -- Benno Markiewicz is an active member of the NetBeans community. As a NetBeans Platform Certified Committer he provides patches and plugins and tests NetBeans IDE in the NetCAT program.

  • Donald A. Evett Reviewer

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    I was very pleased to find the book full of examples and the examples were presented in an order that was easy to follow. Most books I’ve come across on this subject matter seemed to be difficult to follow as a beginner to the topic. I really feel this book will be a good tool in your library to help you understand and master the NetBeans Platform. If you're new to Java or even an experienced programmer, you’ll find the topics covered in this book will help you learn the nuances of Nodes, Lookups, and Actions and how to tie them into your applications. -- Donald A. Evett, Software Engineer, Department of Defense

  • Geertjan Wielenga Reviewer

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    As a NetBeans Platform developer, you cannot afford to not buy this book. It provides everything you need on all the core topics. All the chapters begin with a thorough overview of a topic, e.g., Modules or Lookups or Nodes, and then there are many small exercises, with all the code on GitHub. Extremely useful and an absolute "must have" for anyone doing modular development on the desktop in Java. -- Geertjan Wielenga works for Oracle as a product manager for NetBeans.

  • Michael W. Bishop Reviewer

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    "NetBeans Platform For Beginners" contains the information needed to get developers building NetBeans Platform applications quickly. With concise explanations and detailed examples of a wide palette of APIs, both beginners and veterans of the platform will find elegant solutions to integrating practical features. From concept to fully qualified implementation, the user is treated to a thorough lesson on each API covered. "NetBeans Platform For Beginners" belongs in the virtual library of every developer creating NetBeans Platform applications. -- Michael W. Bishop has been professionally developing Java applications for 15 years. He has been actively participating in the NetBeans community since he started developing NetBeans Platform applications 5 years ago.

  • Sean Phillips Reviewer

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    The authors have done a fantastic job in covering the breadth of the NetBeans Platform and its capabilities. Having this text would have greatly accelerated my progression on the learning curve so many years ago. This book will be a good buy even for a NetBeans Platform developer with experience because the book does a nice job of explaining the why behind the what, as I learned in some situations the reasons behind certain NetBeans Platform development patterns I had taken for granted. -- Sean Phillips, Internal R&D Lead for NASA Mission Services Division at AI Solutions, with several years of NetBeans Platform experience in situational awareness and mission operations, and winner of a 2013 Duke's Choice Award.

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Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Preface
    • Updates
      • Update 1: March 2014
    • Guide
  • Part 1: Core
    • Chapter 1: NetBeans Platform
      • 1.1 Concepts
        • 1.1.1 Modularity
        • 1.1.2 Abstraction
        • 1.1.3 Lifecycle Management
        • 1.1.4 Pluggability, Service Infrastructure, and File System
        • 1.1.5 Data-Oriented GUI Components
        • 1.1.6 Standards
        • 1.1.7 Tools, APIs, and Community
      • 1.2 Get Started
        • 1.2.1 Creation
        • 1.2.2 Deployment
        • 1.2.3 Commands
        • 1.2.4 Properties
        • 1.2.5 Features
          • 1.2.5.1 Plugin Manager
          • 1.2.5.2 Favorites Window
          • 1.2.5.3 User Utilities
          • 1.2.5.4 Image Editor
          • 1.2.5.5 XML Editor
          • 1.2.5.6 IDE Defaults
          • 1.2.5.7 Apple Application Menu
        • 1.2.6 Branding
        • 1.2.7 Configuration File
        • 1.2.8 Distribution
    • Chapter 2: Module System
      • 2.1 Concepts
        • 2.1.1 Definition
        • 2.1.2 Benefits
          • 2.1.2.1 Developers
          • 2.1.2.2 Users
          • 2.1.2.3 Revenues
        • 2.1.3 Characteristics
          • 2.1.3.1 Deployment Format
          • 2.1.3.2 Uniqueness
          • 2.1.3.3 Versioning
          • 2.1.3.4 Exposed Interfaces
          • 2.1.3.5 Declarative Dependencies
          • 2.1.3.6 Activation Type
          • 2.1.3.7 Lifecycle
        • 2.1.4 Manifest
          • 2.1.4.1 General
          • 2.1.4.2 Dependencies
          • 2.1.4.3 Services
          • 2.1.4.4 Visibility
        • 2.1.5 Modularity
      • 2.2 Get Started
        • 2.2.1 Creation
        • 2.2.2 Commands
        • 2.2.3 Properties
        • 2.2.4 Templates
        • 2.2.5 Dependencies
        • 2.2.6 Versioning
        • 2.2.7 Lifecycle
        • 2.2.8 Distribution
          • 2.2.8.1 Pull
          • 2.2.8.2 Push
    • Chapter 3: File System
      • 3.1 Concepts
        • 3.1.1 Creating and Working with Arbitrary Objects
        • 3.1.2 Presentation of Arbitrary Objects
        • 3.1.3 Hierarchical Namespaces
        • 3.1.4 Merging Multiple Namespaces
        • 3.1.5 System FileSystem
          • 3.1.5.1 Listening to Changes in the System FileSystem
          • 3.1.5.2 Module Layers
          • 3.1.5.3 Read/Write
        • 3.1.6 FileObject
        • 3.1.7 Object
        • 3.1.8 Factories
        • 3.1.9 Access
          • 3.1.9.1 Root
          • 3.1.9.2 Folder
          • 3.1.9.3 Object
          • 3.1.9.4 Attribute
        • 3.1.10 DataObject
      • 3.2 Get Started
        • 3.2.1 Basic
          • 3.2.1.1 Application
          • 3.2.1.2 Provider
          • 3.2.1.3 Consumer
        • 3.2.2 Advanced
          • 3.2.2.1 Provider
          • 3.2.2.2 Consumer
    • Chapter 4: Lookup
      • 4.1 Concepts
        • 4.1.1 Service Registry: Lookup.getDefault()
          • 4.1.1.1 ServiceLoader
          • 4.1.1.2 Lookup
          • 4.1.1.3 @ServiceProvider
          • 4.1.1.4 Services Folder
          • 4.1.1.5 Requiring and Providing Services
        • 4.1.2 Global Lookup: Utilities.actionsGlobalContext()
        • 4.1.3 Local Lookup: Object.getLookup()
        • 4.1.4 Merged Lookup: ProxyLookup
        • 4.1.5 Dynamic Lookup
        • 4.1.6 Central Lookup: CentralLookup.getDefault()
      • 4.2 Get Started
        • 4.2.1 Service Registry
          • 4.2.1.1 Application
          • 4.2.1.2 API
          • 4.2.1.3 Implementation
          • 4.2.1.4 Usage
        • 4.2.2 Global Lookup
        • 4.2.3 Local Lookup
  • Part 2: GUI
    • Chapter 5: Action System
      • 5.1 Concepts
        • 5.1.1 Basics
          • 5.1.1.1 Registration
          • 5.1.1.2 Presenters
            • 5.1.1.2.1 Menu
            • 5.1.1.2.2 Toolbar
            • 5.1.1.2.3 Custom Presenter
            • 5.1.1.2.4 Keyboard Shortcut
            • 5.1.1.2.5 Mnemonic
          • 5.1.1.3 Hiding
          • 5.1.1.4 Reordering
          • 5.1.1.5 Enablement
        • 5.1.2 Advanced
          • 5.1.2.1 Complex Enablement
          • 5.1.2.2 Callback Actions
            • 5.1.2.2.1 Using Existing Keys
            • 5.1.2.2.2 Creating Custom Keys
      • 5.2 Get Started
        • 5.2.1 Application
        • 5.2.2 Wizard
        • 5.2.3 No Wizard
        • 5.2.4 Enablement
        • 5.2.5 Porting
    • Chapter 6: Window System
      • 6.1 Concepts
        • 6.1.1 Benefits
          • 6.1.1.1 Plumbing
          • 6.1.1.2 Multiple Windows
          • 6.1.1.3 Logical Window Management
          • 6.1.1.4 Window State
          • 6.1.1.5 Selection Management
            • 6.1.1.5.1 Lookup
            • 6.1.1.5.2 Activated Nodes
          • 6.1.1.6 API vs. Implementation
        • 6.1.2 Basics
          • 6.1.2.1 Description
          • 6.1.2.2 Registration
          • 6.1.2.3 Open Action
          • 6.1.2.4 Lifecycle
          • 6.1.2.5 Non-Declarative TopComponents
          • 6.1.2.6 Dock
          • 6.1.2.7 Undo
          • 6.1.2.8 Lookup
            • 6.1.2.8.1 Save Action
            • 6.1.2.8.2 Save All Action
            • 6.1.2.8.3 Zoom Action
            • 6.1.2.8.4 Miscellaneous
        • 6.1.3 Advanced
          • 6.1.3.1 Persistence
          • 6.1.3.2 Mode
          • 6.1.3.3 Group
          • 6.1.3.4 Role
          • 6.1.3.5 Validation
          • 6.1.3.6 Tab
          • 6.1.3.7 Busy
      • 6.2 Get Started
        • 6.2.1 Application
        • 6.2.2 Wizard
        • 6.2.3 No Wizard
        • 6.2.4 Functionality
        • 6.2.5 Porting
    • Chapter 7: Nodes and Explorers
      • 7.1 Concepts
        • 7.1.1 Node
          • 7.1.1.1 BeanNode
          • 7.1.1.2 DataNode
          • 7.1.1.3 FilterNode
          • 7.1.1.4 AbstractNode
        • 7.1.2 Children
          • 7.1.2.1 Simple
          • 7.1.2.2 Complex
        • 7.1.3 GUI Components
          • 7.1.3.1 View
          • 7.1.3.2 Manage
          • 7.1.3.3 Synchronize
          • 7.1.3.4 Outline
          • 7.1.3.5 Extend
          • 7.1.3.6 Utilities
        • 7.1.4 Selection
        • 7.1.5 Lookup
          • 7.1.5.1 View
          • 7.1.5.2 Node
          • 7.1.5.3 Children
        • 7.1.6 Actions
          • 7.1.6.1 New
            • 7.1.6.1.1 XML
            • 7.1.6.1.2 JPA
          • 7.1.6.2 Delete
          • 7.1.6.3 Rename
          • 7.1.6.4 Open
            • 7.1.6.4.1 Standard
            • 7.1.6.4.2 MultiView
          • 7.1.6.5 Reorder
          • 7.1.6.6 Drag and Drop
            • 7.1.6.6.1 Dragging
            • 7.1.6.6.2 Dropping
          • 7.1.6.7 Annotations
        • 7.1.7 Properties
      • 7.2 Get Started
        • 7.2.1 Object
          • 7.2.1.1 Application
          • 7.2.1.2 Object
          • 7.2.1.3 Node
          • 7.2.1.4 Factory
          • 7.2.1.5 View
          • 7.2.1.6 Synchronize
          • 7.2.1.7 Hierarchy
        • 7.2.2 File
          • 7.2.2.1 Application
          • 7.2.2.1 View
          • 7.2.2.3 File Type
          • 7.2.2.4 Node
        • 7.2.3 Functionality
        • 7.2.4 Porting
  • Part 3: Extras
    • Chapter 8: Palettes and Widgets
      • 8.1 Concepts
        • 8.1.1 Palette
          • 8.1.1.1 Basics
          • 8.1.1.2 Providing
            • 8.1.1.2.1 System FileSystem
            • 8.1.1.2.2 Node Hierarchy
          • 8.1.1.3 Consuming
            • 8.1.1.3.1 Java Swing
            • 8.1.1.3.2 Scene
            • 8.1.1.3.3 Lookup
          • 8.1.1.4 Configuring
            • 8.1.1.4.1 Action
            • 8.1.1.4.2 Filter
            • 8.1.1.4.3 Drag And Drop Handler
            • 8.1.1.4.4 Listener
            • 8.1.1.4.5 Attribute
            • 8.1.1.4.6 Manager
        • 8.1.2 Visual Library
          • 8.1.2.1 Widget
          • 8.1.2.2 Action
            • 8.1.2.2.1 Factories
            • 8.1.2.2.2 Providers
            • 8.1.2.2.3 Groupings
            • 8.1.2.2.4 Types
          • 8.1.2.3 Border
          • 8.1.2.4 Layout
          • 8.1.2.5 Scene
            • 8.1.2.5.1 ObjectScene
            • 8.1.2.5.2 GraphScene
            • 8.1.2.5.3 GraphPinScene
            • 8.1.2.5.4 VMDGraphScene
          • 8.1.2.6 Lookup
      • 8.2 Get Started
        • 8.2.1 Application
        • 8.2.2 Model
        • 8.2.3 Palette
          • 8.2.3.1 Content
          • 8.2.3.2 Controller
          • 8.2.3.3 View
        • 8.2.4 Visual Library
          • 8.2.4.1 Scene
          • 8.2.4.2 Accept
          • 8.2.4.3 Connect
          • 8.2.4.4 Resize
          • 8.2.4.5 Delete
          • 8.2.4.6 Export
            • 8.2.4.6.1 Image
            • 8.2.4.6.2 XML
    • Chapter 9: Project System
      • 9.1 Concepts
        • 9.1.1 Benefits
          • 9.1.1.1 Projects Window
          • 9.1.1.2 New Project Dialog
        • 9.1.2 Basic and Advanced Classes
      • 9.2 Get Started
        • 9.2.1 From Scratch
          • 9.2.1.1 Basics
            • 9.2.1.1.1 Application
            • 9.2.1.1.2 Factory
            • 9.2.1.1.3 Project
            • 9.2.1.1.4 Description
          • 9.2.1.2 Advanced
            • 9.2.1.2.1 View
            • 9.2.1.2.2 Children
            • 9.2.1.2.3 Customizer
            • 9.2.1.2.4 Subproject
            • 9.2.1.2.5 Template
        • 9.2.2 By Extension
          • 9.2.2.1 Lookup
            • 9.2.2.1.1 Privileged Templates
            • 9.2.2.1.2 Recommended Templates
            • 9.2.2.1.3 Subproject
          • 9.2.2.2 View
          • 9.2.2.3 Customizer
          • 9.2.2.4 File Template
          • 9.2.2.5 Icon
    • Chapter 10: Miscellaneous
      • 10.1 Dialog
        • 10.1.1 Predefined Dialogs
          • 10.1.1.1 Information Dialog
          • 10.1.1.2 Question Dialog
          • 10.1.1.3 Input Dialog
          • 10.1.1.4 Error Dialog
        • 10.1.2 Custom Dialogs
      • 10.2 Execution
        • 10.2.1 Executing an External Process
        • 10.2.2 Processing Input
        • 10.2.3 Printing Input
        • 10.2.4 Custom Process Builder
        • 10.2.5 Destroying a Process
        • 10.2.6 Extending Startup Environment
        • 10.2.7 Making Certain Open Actions Pluggable
      • 10.3 Output
      • 10.4 Preference
      • 10.5 Progress
      • 10.6 Quick Search
      • 10.7 Status
      • 10.8 Task
        • 10.8.1 Delayed
        • 10.8.2 Periodic
        • 10.8.3 Coalescing
        • 10.8.4 Interrupted
      • 10.9 Utilities
        • 10.9.1 ChangeSupport
        • 10.9.2 Conversions
        • 10.9.3 FileChooserBuilder
        • 10.9.4 ImageUtilities
        • 10.9.5 NbBundle.Messages
        • 10.9.6 Notifications
        • 10.9.7 StaticResource
        • 10.9.8 WeakListener
        • 10.9.9 XMLUtil
      • 10.10 Wizard
        • 10.10.1 Key Classes
        • 10.10.2 Get Started
        • 10.10.3 Registration
        • 10.10.4 Iterators
        • 10.10.5 Panels
        • 10.10.6 Customization
  • Conclusion

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