Product Version = NetBeans IDE 7.3 RC1 (Build 201301102100)
Operating System = Windows 7 version 6.1 running on amd64
Java; VM; Vendor = 1.7.0_11
Runtime = Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 23.6-b04
When I want to add a new project, I first choose choose a category, e.g.
Java Web and the the concrete project, e.g Web Application. Then the
project skeleton is created by NetBeans, allways using Ant.
If I want to use Maven, I first have to select the build tool, Maven, and
then the project type, e.g. Web Application.
My proposal is to offer the user one unified method to create new projects.
Category -> Project Type, then choose build tool Ant, Maven.
This might be enhanced in the future, e.g. Buildr, Graddle
Some special types like" Maven, create from archetype" might be placed in the "Other" category
Created attachment 130314 [details]
I think this is dup of already reported bug, but can't find number
the current grouping historically started this way because maven project were limited in functionality in terms of what was supported in the IDE, which is somewhat still the case (no javafx, platform based development is not equal).
additionally the requirement to choose between ant and maven is not easily decided by those users that have either no opinion or no knowledge about build systems. Moving the Maven templates into a separate category spared those users the need to decide. Ant projects mostly attempt to hide the build system behind the covers while maven not always does. The audience might be entirely different.