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Questions regarding NetBeans book

Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
Posts: 183
Hi Adam,

First of all, a warm welcome

I had a few questions regarding your book - Pro NetBeans IDE 6 Rich Client Platform Edition.

- Is this book only for developing desktop applications? It covers no part of client-server architecture, or database connectivity?

- Can this book be used by a novice java user? Does this book assume knowledge of any third party libraries?

- What GUI toolkit does this book use? While we are at it, which is the better GUI in your opinion - Swing, SWT, or other?

Thanks a lot!
I hope you enjoy your stay here


Rohan B. Dhruva
SCJP 1.5
Alaa Nassef
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Joined: Jan 28, 2008
Posts: 467
Hello Rohan,

Well, this is not a java development book as much as it is a netbeans book. What I mean here is that this book is about using netbeans as an IDE and not how to be a java developer. Of course, since netbeans is a java IDE, this means that the book is full of java code, but it will not serve you to learn java as good as a book dedicated for that subject. To sum it up, this book is going to teach you how to make your java coding easier using netbeans.

Now, for your questions.
Is this book only for developing desktop applications? It covers no part of client-server architecture, or database connectivity?


Well, since it's on the IDE, it tackles both. Chapter 13 is on web applications, and chapter 15 is on GUI applications. As for DB connectivity & socket programming, I'm afraid that this is not a part of this book.

Can this book be used by a novice java user? Does this book assume knowledge of any third party libraries?


The editorial review on amazon says that this book is "Intended for Java developers of varying skill who may or may not be familiar with NetBeans IDE or Java IDEs in general".

What GUI toolkit does this book use?


Swing


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Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
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Thanks for the detailed reply Alaa
H. Hall
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Joined: Sep 14, 2007
Posts: 8
Hi Adam,

NetBeans comes with pretty good documentation. How does your book complement the docs that come with the ide? Also, is the book written for the NB novice or is it also good for someone transitioning from earlier NB versions? I know there were big changes in both capabilities and look and feel from earlier releases.

-- cheers
Adam Myatt
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Joined: Jan 12, 2006
Posts: 26
Alaa, thanks for answering for me - saves me extra typing!

H. Hall - per your questions :

"How does your book complement the docs that come with the ide?"

It significantly expands on them and adds a lot more detail, particularly in areas where I've used NetBeans on real projects and thought it would help to elaborate on the features.

"is the book written for the NB novice or is it also good for someone transitioning from earlier NB versions?"

BOTH! I've gotten email comments from NetBeans newbies who found it easy to use, as well as NetBeans gurus who liked the tips and features I pointed out that even they weren't familiar with.


Adam Myatt<br /> <br /><a href="http://www.pronetbeans.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.pronetbeans.com</a><br /> <br />Author of : <br /> <br />Pro NetBeans IDE 5.5 Enterprise Edition<br /> <br />Pro NetBeans IDE 6 Rich Client Platform Edition
 
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