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NetBeans: The Definitive Guide by Tim Boudreau, Jesse Glick, et al

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Author/s : Tim Boudreau, Jesse Glick, Simeon Greene, Jack Woehr, Vaughn Spurlin
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : Miscellaneous Java
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 8 horseshoes
NetBeans, a free IDE available at http://www.netbeans.org, is based on donated
code developed by Sun. The NetBeans architecture is an open architecture that
supports plug-ins for each function of the IDE. This book, which discusses the
NetBeans IDE, is made up of two parts. The first part is a description of the
IDE designed for the NetBeans user. The NetBeans architecture is described in
detail. The book covers each of the different pieces such as editing,
compiling, and debugging. The book also covers using the NetBeans GUI editor to
design visual components. Integrating NetBeans with CVS and Ant is also
covered. The book does a fairly good job in this section of providing a handy
manual for NetBeans users. The second part of the book is aimed at those who
wish to use the NetBeans open architecture to define their own modules to be
added to NetBeans. This part of the book is very well written and will serve as
a major resource for anyone interested in module writing. Several examples are
demonstrated including building an IMAP email server and client to integrate
into NetBeans. The first part of the book is for a general audience and will be
useful but it isn't required reading to use NetBeans. The second part of the
book has a more limited audience but will be extremely useful to anyone
interested in writing NetBeans modules. Overall this is a well-written book with
clear explanations and examples.
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