This week's book giveaways are in the Refactoring and Agile forums. We're giving away four copies each of Re-engineering Legacy Software and Docker in Action and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
I really don't understand the question. I know that a thin client is a client that serves mainly as a GUI, and the server does most of the processing, where in a thick/fat client, most processing is done on the client side to reduce server and network load. What does netbeans has to do with any of this?