NetBeans: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2002
Pages: 674

As the Java programming language has increased in both functionality and complexity, developers have demanded more of their program editors. Gone are the days when a simple visual editor is sufficient for even small programming projects. While there are numerous IDEs available today for use by Java developers, one stands above the rest, not only for its functionality, but for its extensibility: NetBeans.

In NetBeans: The Definitive Guide, you'll find out how to use this IDE to its fullest, making your Java programming more efficient and productive than ever before. You'll understand the basics of the IDE, and quickly be utilizing the various editor and explorer windows. You'll also master many of NetBeans advanced features, and be working with XML documents, CVS repositories, Javadoc trees, and web applications, all within the NetBeans framework.

In addition to teaching you how to use the existing features of NetBeans, this work goes on to cover developing additional modules for NetBeans. Through this instructional portion of the book, you will master the NetBeans APIs, and learn how to enhance NetBeans for your own specific needs. Whether you need to add customized behavior to handle your proprietary file formats, or want to redistribute NetBeans as a proprietary product, NetBeans: The Definitive Guide will allow you to master this open source IDE and all of its advanced features. Whether you are an enterprise developer looking for an IDE that can handle your complex program tasks, an open source developer looking to integrate NetBeans into your own visual projects, or a manager trying to maximize your team's development potential,NetBeans: The Definitive Guide is the book for you.

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Comments about oreilly NetBeans: The Definitive Guide:

This book is 3 years old! netBeans has changed so much that many things covered in this book no longer apply. (current stable revision is netBeans 4.0 with 4.1 beta available)

e.g., Reference is made quite a lot to the Filesystems view of the NetBeans Explorer. The latest version of netBeans has changed so much that there is very little semblance to the diagrams and explanations in the book.

But what do you expect from a 3 year old book. It's time for a new, updated version of this book.

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In short, I was seriously disappointed with this book.

My current employers decided to use NetBeans as the preferred way of creating Swing frontends for our database system. The documentation on the NetBeans website is far too sparse to adequately describe such a complex IDE, so I bought "NetBeans: The Definitive Guide". The book does a reasonable job of covering the editor portions of the IDE, but is all too brief in describing the forms designer.

The book is more geared towards those who are thinking of extending NetBeans for their own particular needs, and leaves a continuing hole in the market for a straightforward user guide.

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The chapter on GUI Building with the NetBeans GUI Editor was, if anything, more sketchy than the NetBeans online help on that topic. Essential techniques like attaching a JTable to a JScrollPane to create a multi-columned scroll box are not covered at all. The uses and unusual behaviors of the Form Editor, the various Model Editors, and the many property lists are hardly touched on.

If you already know Swing well at the Java level, you could back into the use of the NetBeans GUI Editor by examining the generated Java Swing source code, but then you wouldn't need this book. The rest of us are left out in the cold.

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