Two exciting opportunities for NetBeans fans in the Middle East: We're hosting software days in Dubai (Nov. 19) and Cairo (Nov. 21)! Learn what's coming in NetBeans 6.0, how to use NetBeans to develop rich internet applications, how to take advantage of new Swing tooling, what's new in mobility and more. This is a first for us, so please help to spread the word to your developer friends in the Middle East.
Register for Dubai here, and stay tuned for more details on Cairo!
Evangelists Tim Boudreau and Bruno Souza have been on a whirlwind tour of universities in South America, meeting with students, professors and local JUGs in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Follow details of their adventures on Tim's blog, replete with photos of the local flavors. But there are only three more days left in the tour, so make sure to catch up with the guys in Brazil: Florianopolis (Nov. 14), Natal (Nov. 16) and Porto Alegre (Nov. 19).
DTrace is a powerful tracing tool built into Solaris that lets developers and administrators optimize applications for performance and troubleshoot the OS. The NetBeans DTrace GUI plug-in runs DTrace scripts in the NetBeans 5.5/5.5.1/6.0 IDEs and Sun Studio 12 IDE. No knowledge of D language is required to use DTrace. Easily create and add new scripts to the DTrace GUI, and run D scripts packaged in the DTraceToolKit. Learn more about what DTrace can do for you! (Note: The current plug-in runs only on Solaris 10 and 11 systems.)
An experimental version of the C/C++ Refactoring module is now available for download from the NetBeans Plugin Portal. Watch a demo that shows the functions the module provides, such as instant rename of local variables in functions (Ctrl-R), global Rename (Ctrl-R) and Find Usages (Alt-F7). The team responsible for the module also wants your feedback. Let them know what you think. Send comments to or .
Winston Prakash has updated the Visual Web Woodstock Component Theme Builder plugin for the Beta 2 release of NetBeans 6. The plugin allows Visual Web users to create custom themes to give their web apps a unique look. Check out Winston's blog for download link and installation instructions.
Tor Norbye uses the NetBeans 6.0 Ruby Support to create a weblog in this update to the classic Ruby Weblog screencast.
Apache Ant is a popular Java-based build tool. With this tutorial, learn how to convert the Ant open-source project into a NetBeans project to develop, build, and test Ant within the Netbeans IDE.
Tutorials and screencasts are not the only ways to participate in the Community Docs program, shorter "Tips & Tricks" entries are equally welcome, like this one from Kok-Yan Lo, a University of Surrey (Guildford) student and a two-year NetBeans user. Lo gives the steps to fixing errors encountered in NetBeans when deploying web applications to Apache Tomcat.
The first NetBeans Certified Engineering Course was held, in Linz, Austria on November 9th and 10th, and 40 students at the Institut für Systemsoftware were introduced to the main NetBeans APIs in the context of the NetBeans Platform. They will be certified NetBeans engineers once they submit modules, code fixes, or patches of an acceptable standard. Do you want to learn about the NetBeans Platform too? Let us know!
Strict firewall rules can at times prevent access to the NetBeans Update Center (NetBeans 5.x) or Plugin Manager (NetBeans 6.0) directly from the IDE. Now, a "secret" URL link provides this access over the web! Get the skinny from Roman's blog entry.
Using the NetBeans IDE, create a simple jMaki application that performs some of the CRUD operations on a Data Table widget. Java Persistence API (JPA) connects to the database and the application is deployed on GlassFish.
This entry from Dmitry Kushner shows how to use Woodstock components to add auto-complete functionality to a textField and listBox.
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