NetBeans IDE – Code in a Smarter way !

NetBeans is a free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. One can create professional desktop, enterprise, web, and mobile applications with the Java platform, as well as PHP, Groovy, C/C++ ,Ruby and  JavaScript with the help of NetBeans.

NetBeans IDE 6.9.1  introduces with some of the following important features:

  • JavaFX Composer
  • Support for JavaFX SDK 1.3
  • Support for the PHP Zend framework
  • OSGi interoperability
  • Ruby on Rails 3.0
-Java Desktop Applications

Create professional standards-based user interface with the NetBeans Swing GUI Builder. Save years of work by building Java Swing desktop applications with the NetBeans Platform framework.

-JavaFX Composer

Use the JavaFX Composer to lay out JavaFX GUI applications visually, similar to the Swing GUI builder for Java SE applications.

-Java Enterprise and Web Applications

Build web applications using CSS, JavaScript, and JSP: Support for frameworks includes JSF (Facelets), Struts, Spring, Hibernate, and a full set of tools for Java EE 6, CDI, GlassFish 3, EJB, and web services development.

-Dynamic Languages

Benefit from one combined tool that supports JavaFX Script, CSS, PHP (Zend and Symfony), Groovy and Grails, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and JavaScript.

-Visual Mobile Development

Create, test and debug applications that run on mobile phones, set-top boxes, and PDAs using JavaFX Mobile and the Java ME SDK 3.0 Platform.

-C and C++ Development

Edit, profile, and debug C/C++ applications, and make the most of multiple project configurations, remote development, and packaging.

Creating a new first application in NetBeans IDE 6.9.1 :

1) After completing the installation of NetBeans 6.9.1, this screen will come up firstly which is called as the startup page or a welcome page. You can even change the settings if you always want this screen to popup when NetBeans Starts or you can even omit this screen by unchecking the check box of “start on startup“.

2) Then click on File menu option and select New Project.

3) Then from Categories select Java and then from projects column, Java Application and click Next.
4) Then give the Project Name and click Finish.

5) Now the screen will come up where on the right hand side, there is a java editor and on the left hand side, there is a hierarchy view of all the files that are present in the projects opened.

Now after this, you can start with your coding in java using NetBeans IDE. This was just the short introduction on NetBeans IDE sample java application. Trying building awesome applications and keep innovating..Till then,

Enjoy 😀
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NetBeans User Group, Nagpur – First Meetup !

Today, I attended the First meetup of NetBeans User Group, Nagpur. 10 very passionate people of Netbeans Platform were present in the meetup and we had the fun altogether.

The details regarding the venue of this meetup were :

Date and Time:
23rd Sept 2010 – Thursday ; 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Address
Beans & Buddies
Pratibha Sankul
besides Alankar Cinema
North Ambazari Road , Nagpur

Google maps
Directions for Alankar Cinema : http://bit.ly/b99xgD

An introduction of the group:

NUGNagpur is a group of people passionate about NetBeans IDE or NetBeans Platform and who are located geographically in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.  This group is the main collaboration tool for the members.  This is a focused group and the members intend to meet many time in a month.  The objective of the group is to share personal experiences, tricks, tips and learning with each other and contributing the community as and when possible. 🙂

Now coming towards the meetup, We had the discussion about what exactly “User Group” is all about. The final conclusion result out of the discussion was “User Group is a group of people who actually are users of the technology, for the group is all about. 🙂 Its the group in which the members meet regularly to discuss the views for the technologies or they can even interact on the mailing list to share knowledge and experiences.”
The Agenda for the meet was:
  • What is NetBeans IDE / Platform?
  • Why is NetBeans IDE /Platform and how much it is used to the developers?

Sir, Tushar Joshi was really motivating for us. 🙂 He was explaining about the NetBeans Platform and interesting stories associated with it to us like –

A story of Jarda Tulach (NetBeans founder & architect), about how he started developing NetBeans as his Final Year Project and many of the colleagues  joined him later on. They started with their own company “NetBeans”  in 1998 with the release of the NetBeans IDE as the first commercial product and it then, Sun Microsystems took over that company and all the members of NetBeans joined Sun Microsystems for the later development of the product. Awesome story for the youngsters who are willing to learn java and learn Netbeans platform. It indeed motivated us a lot. 😀

On 26th October, it was NetBeans Birthday ! So on this occasion, Yarda Tulach gave an interview in which he said in his own voice,

I am a infant terrible of NetBeans. This means I am a  “terrible child” of NetBeans. 🙂

I was also part of the group which started the original student project in 1996 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University. As for the official role, I work at NetBeans as an architect.

Originally, there were 7 of us working on a student project at school. We worked on an IDE written in C++ and it was aimed for Unix, so we called it Xelfi (meaning Delfi for uniX). We’ve been trying to create the IDE for a year or so, but we had little success. I got the idea that we could rewrite Xelfi in Java and got ridiculed for it at first, but after 6 months or so we started to code Xelfi in Java 1.0.2.

NetBeans in not just an IDE, but its a platform. I’m very happy about it. If you build applications today, modular architecture is a must. You can benefit heavily from reusing the NetBeans platform. So that’s my most favorite feature.

Lastly when the question asked to him “Where do you find NetBeans Heading” then Yarda replied : I think NetBeans will play a bigger role at Sun – you can hear Jonathan Schwartz talking about NetBeans a lot these days. Modularization of the Java platform is very important, there’s a relatively new JSR 277 – the module system for Java. You can be sure that NetBeans will support this JSR, there’s a lot of need to write modular applications. Java needs to have a good answer for modularity.

This interview was very much interesting for the NetBeans lovers as they get a lot to learn from this and it also gives a relative idea of how actually NetBeans has developed.

We also discussed about Technology Rock for GTD ( Getting Things Done ). You can get more information about it from here.

Our group has got an offer of learning the platform to develop in NetBeans IDE free of cost in 2 days as a training through Skype or WebEx by an expert of NetBeans and all the attendees of the meetup completing the training will be called as NetBeans Certified Associate (NCA) & after the training, some assignments will be given to us and after submitting those assignments, we will be called as the NetBeans Certified Engineer (NCE). Cool right ? !!

Sir also told us about the process of creating a patch for the NetBeans and motivated us to go through the source code of NetBeans as it is open source. It was very interesting and we havent thought of before. I will definately try it out soon…Firstly, I will have to find a fault/bug in it and then will make a patch 😉

We were ROFL when sir told about the full form of RTFM which is the most common word used for the basic questions in the technology forums. ( Please dont waste time, just google it out ) 😀 😀 😀

I have attached some of the pics of the meetup, just check them out.

Some of the pics of the meetup :



We had very funny moments within the meetup as it was not a very formal meetup. Everbody was in the casuals and very expressive. Everybody had a hot coffee and the environment was just awesome..It felt like this group gonna make wonders in the coming months…This is not a joke, our group will !!! 😀

The current stable version of NetBeans IDE is 6.9.1. You can download it from here.

In this meetup, we have decided to plan about the short term goals which we want to achieve. Some of the goals that we planned are

  • Downloading Netbeans Stable version and installing it on every members system.
  • Learning the NetBeans through the documentation.
  • * Using the mailing list *

Note:  * means Very Important! 😀 Long term goals will be like developing a open source project and all. So, for those who are still not a part of this group, dont feel jealous, just get in the group and have tech fun. Join this group from here. I will keep on updating the news regarding the group here only..So keep checking..Till then,

Enjoy 😀

OSI Days 2010, India

OSI Days 2010, India is the Asia’s Largest Open Source Conference which is going to be held between September 19-21, 2010 at Chennai Trade Center, Chennai. Many Speakers from all over the world will be coming and giving their thoughts on different open source technologies. New Technologies and the opportunities in them will be clearly discussed. I have registered for OSI Days 2010 and also received the silver pass for the entry. Mine attending the days is not sure as the sessionals exams are still going on in our college upto 20th september. But if it’s possible will try to attend. Anyone of you want to join and register for OSI days can do from the website link given and enjoy the days 😀

Website Link:  osidays.com

How to convert wave files into mp3 files in vb.net !

This article will explain how to convert the wave files into mp3 files in vb.net. We will use “LAME” for this purpose.

LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL.

For converting the wave files into mp3 files, run lame.exe from the command line in vb.net.

Syntax :

lame <source wave file> <destination mp3 file>

Don’t forget to give the full path to these source and destination files in the code. You can download the lame from here.

Enjy!

Fire With FireFox !

FireFox

Everybody uses the Web differently, so why should your browser be exactly like the next person’s? Firefox has more than 6,000 add-ons to help you customize it to your exact needs, plus thousands of Personas to instantly change the way it looks.

Firefox “free, cross platform browser” has got it all. It’s user friendly, mainstream product usable by the average joe, which means serious web sites like banks will not ignore it and force that segment of users into switching to Microsoft Internet Explorer for their operations, it is lightweight, fast, secure, and it contains advanced features and personal customizations for the power users out there.

Firefox is very focused toward a better user experience: it has tabbed browsing, making it easier to open many windows without cluttering your desktop, and pop-ups blockers against those annoying ads that open windows without the user’s consent, with a good chance of finally crashing the whole browser down. Its Find function with the “find as you go” behavior makes it a breeze to scan a page for specific keywords.

It is an open source project with a big community of enthusiasts throwing their talent and creativity into making original and practical extensions that could meet almost any exotic demands from any user. Many of those features would never be provided by other browser makers because they are not corporate friendly, such as ads blockers. Being open source is not the end of its qualities, Firefox also is very standard compliant, so developers can count on it for adhering to the latest W3C guidelines, which makes their work easier and insures future compatibility with the present web sites. Hopefully, one day, the laggard Microsoft browser will catch up to Fire fox (and Opera, and Safari…) and web site developers won’t have to program for different browsers anymore, just one industrial standard.

Firefox has also a great reputation for on-line security. Because that browser is not intrinsically tight up deep within the operating system, like Internet Explorer, it provides by default a certain layer of protection to your computer. At worse, only that particular application can become problematic, which hasn’t happened yet. Their lower market share also makes it a less interesting target for virus creators and other hackers. The auto update feature will make sure you are always up to date with the latest patch at the click of a button. Regarding your privacy, Fire fox makes it very easy to erase all traces of your browsing activities with a simple click, if you so desired, such as cookies, internet cache files, browsing history, download history, and more.

Firefox was such a success that the initial side project became the main flagship product for the Mozilla organization.

Hey now I am the Mozilla Campus Representative..!! 🙂

So use Firefox and Enjoy !