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NetBeans IDE Field Guide

By Patrick Keegan, Ludovic Champenois, Gregory Crawley, Charlie Hunt, Christopher Webster, John Jullion-Ceccarelli, Jiri Prazak, Martin Ryzl, Gregg Sporar, Geertjan Wielenga
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pub Date: May 09, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-13-239552-5
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-13-239552-6
Pages: 424

Table of Contents | Index

The Only Complete Guide and Reference for NetBeans™ IDE 5.0

The award-winning NetBeans™ IDE eases all aspects of Java application development, incorporating a wide range of powerful features into one well-designed package. NetBeans IDE is consistently first in supporting the latest Java technologies for developing desktop, web, enterprise, and mobile applications.

NetBeans™ IDE Field Guide

provides an introduction to the IDE and an extensive range of topics to help you with both everyday and advanced programming tasks, including

Taking advantage of the Ant-based project system to create easily deployable projects

Developing web applications with the built-in Apache Tomcat web server

Constructing, assembling, and verifying large-scale Java EE applications

Managing the Sun Java System Application Server through NetBeans IDE

Developing mobile applications with the NetBeans Mobility Pack

In this expanded second edition, you can also learn how to

Build powerful and attractive desktop applications with the Matisse GUI Builder

Profile your applications for performance issues

Develop modules for NetBeans IDE and rich-client applications based on the NetBeans Platform

Chat and share code with other developers using the NetBeans Collaboration Modules

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
About the Authors
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Chapter 1. Download, Installation, and First Project
Downloading the IDE
Installing the IDE
Setting a Proxy
First NetBeans IDE Project
Chapter 2. NetBeans IDE Fundamentals
Creating a Project
Configuring the Classpath
Creating a Subproject
Creating and Editing Files
Setting Up and Modifying Java Packages
Compiling and Building
Viewing Project Metadata and Build Results
Navigating to the Source of Compilation Errors
Creating and Running Tests
Debugging the Application
Integrating Version Control Commands
Managing IDE Windows
Chapter 3. IDE Project Fundamentals
Introduction to IDE Projects
Choosing the Right Project Template
Creating a Project from Scratch
Imprting a Project Developed in a Different Environment
Navigating Your Projects
Working with Files Not in the Project
Creating Packages and Files in the Project
Configuring the Project's Classpath
Changing the Version of the JDK Your Project Is Based On
Changing the Target JDK for a Standard Project
Referencing JDK Documentation (Javadoc) from the Project
Adding Folders and JAR Files to the Classpath
Making External Sources and Javadoc Available in the IDE
Structuring Your Projects
Displaying and Hiding Projects
Compiling a Project
Running a Project in the IDE
Deploying a Java Project Outside of the IDE
Building a Project from Outside of the IDE
Customizing the IDE-Generated Build Script
Running a Specific Ant Target from the IDE
Completing Ant Expressions
Making a Menu Item or Shortcut for a Specific Ant Target
Chapter 4. Versioning Your Projects
Setting up CVS in NetBeans IDE
Checking Out Sources from a CVS Repository
Putting a Project into CVS
Keeping Track of Changes
Updating Files
Committing Changes
Ignoring Files in CVS Operations
Adding and Removing Files from a Repository
Working with Branches
Working with Patches
Working with Versioning Histories
Working with Other Version Control Systems
Chapter 5. Editing and Refactoring Code
Opening the Source Editor
Managing Automatic Insertion of Closing Characters
Displaying Line Numbers
Generating Code Snippets without Leaving the Keyboard
Using Code Completion
Inserting Snippets from Code Templates
Using Editor Hints to Generate Missing Code
Matching Other Words in a File
Generating Methods to Implement and Override
Generating JavaBeans Component Code
Creating and Using Macros
Creating and Customizing File Templates
Handling Imprts
Displaying Javadoc Documentation While Editing
Formatting Code
Text Selection Shortcuts
Navigating within the Current Java File
Navigating from the Source Editor
Searching and Replacing
Deleting Code Safely
Changing a Method's Signature
Encapsulating a Field
Moving a Class to a Different Package
Moving Class Members to Other Classes
Creating a Method from Existing Statements
Creating an Interface from Existing Methods
Extracting a Superclass to Consolidate Common Methods
Changing References to Use a Supertype
Unnesting Classes
Tracking Notes to Yourself in Your Code
Comparing Differences Between Two Files
Splitting the Source Editor
Maximizing Space for the Source Editor
Changing Source Editor Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 6. Building Java Graphical User Interfaces
Using Different Layout Managers
Placing and Aligning a Component in a Form
Setting Component Size and Resizability
Setting Component Alignment
Specifying Component Behavior and Appearance
Generating Event Listening and Handling Methods
Customizing Generated Code
Previewing a Form
Using Custom Beans in the Form Editor
Deploying GUI Applications Developed with Matisse
Chapter 7. Debugging Java Applications
Starting a Debugging Session
Attaching the Debugger to a Running Application
Starting the Debugger Outside of the Project's Main Class
Stepping through Code
Setting Breakpoints
Managing Breakpoints
Customizing Breakpoint Behavior
Monitoring Variables and Expressions
Backing up from a Method to Its Call
Monitoring and Controlling Execution of Threads
Fixing Code During a Debugging Session
Viewing Multiple Debugger Windows Simultaneously
Chapter 8. Developing Web Applications
Representation of Web Applications in the IDE
Adding Files and Libraries to Your Web Application
Editing and Refactoring Web Application Files
Deploying a Web Application
Testing and Debugging Your Web Application
Creating and Deploying Applets
Changing the IDE's Default Web Browser
Monitoring HTTP Transactions
Chapter 9. Creating Web Applications on the JSF and Struts Frameworks
JSF Overview
Struts Overview
Chapter 10. Introduction to Java EE Development in NetBeans IDE
Configuring the IDE for Java EE Development
Java EE Server Support
Getting the Most from the Java BluePrints Solutions Catalog
Chapter 11. Extending Web Applications with Business Logic: Introducing Enterprise Beans
EJB Project Template Wizards
Adding Enterprise Beans, Files, and Libraries to Your EJB Module
Adding Business Logic to an Enterprise Bean
Adding a Simple Business Method
Enterprise Bean Deployment Descriptors
Chapter 12. Extending Java EE Applications with Web Services
Consuming Existing Web Services
IDE and Server Proxy Settings
Creating a WSDL File
Implementing a Web Service in a Web Application
Implementing Web Services within an EJB Module
Testing Web Services
Adding Message Handlers to a Web Service
Chapter 13. Developing Full-Scale Java EE Applications
Creating Entity Beans with the Top-Down Approach
Creating Entity Beans with the Bottom-Up Approach
Assembling Enterprise Applications
Imprting Existing Enterprise Applications
Consuming Java Enterprise Resources
Java EE Platform and Security Management
Understanding the Java EE Application Server Runtime Environment
Ensuring Java EE Compliance
Refactoring Enterprise Beans
Database Support and Derby Integration
Chapter 14. Developing Java ME Mobile Applications
Downloading and Installing the Mobility Pack
Mobility Primer
Configuration vs. Configuration
Setting up Mobility Projects
Creating a Project from Scratch
Imprting a Project
Physical Structure of Mobile Projects
Using Mobility File Templates
Configuring the Project's Classpath
Debugging Your Project
Configuring Your Project for Different Devices
Setting the Active Configuration for Your Project
Reusing Project Settings and Configurations
Structuring Project Dependencies
Managing the Distribution JAR File Content
Handling Project Resources for Different Configurations
Writing Code Specific to a List of Configurations
Using the Preprocessor
Using Configuration Abilities
Creating and Associating an Ability with a Configuration
Localizing Applications
Using the MIDP Visual Designer
Understanding the Flow Designer
Understanding the Screen Designer
Deploying Your Application Automatically
Incrementing the Application's MIDlet-Version Automatically
Using Ant in Mobility Projects
Using Headless Builds
Using the Wireless Connection Tools
Finding More Information
Chapter 15. Profiling Java Applications
Supported Platforms
Downloading and Installing the NetBeans Profiler
Starting a Profiling Session
The Profiler Control Panel
Monitoring an Application
Analyzing Performance
Analyzing Code Fragment Performance
Analyzing Memory Usage
Attaching the Profiler to a JVM
Chapter 16. Integrating Existing Ant Scripts with the IDE
Creating a Free-Form Project
Mapping a Target to an IDE Command
Setting up the Debug Project Command for a General Java Application
Setting up the Debug Project Command for a Web Application
Setting up Commands for Selected Files
Setting up the Compile File Command
Setting up the Run File Command
Setting up the Debug File Command
Setting up the Debugger's Apply Code Changes Command
Setting up the Profile Project Command for a General Java Application
Changing the Target JDK for a Free-Form Project
Making a Custom Menu Item for a Target
Debugging Ant Scripts
Chapter 17. Developing NetBeans Plug-in Modules
Plug-in Modules
Rich-Client Applications
Extending NetBeans IDE with Plug-in Modules
Setting up a Plug-in Module
Using the NetBeans APIs
Registering the Plug-in Module
Adding a License to a Plug-in Module
Building and Trying Out a Plug-in Module
Packaging and Distributing a Plug-in Module
Packaging and Distributing a Rich-Client Application
Finding Additional Information
Chapter 18. Using NetBeans Developer Collaboration Tools
Getting the NetBeans Developer Collaboration Tools
Configuring NetBeans IDE for Developer Collaboration
Creating a Collaboration Account
Managing Collaboration Accounts
Logging into a Collaboration Server
Collaborating and Interacting with Developers
Appendix A. Imprting an Eclipse Project into NetBeans IDE
Getting the Eclipse Project Imprter
Choosing Between Imprting with and Imprting without Project Dependencies
Imprting an Eclipse Project and Preserving Project Dependencies
Imprting an Eclipse Project and Ignoring Project Dependencies
Handling Eclipse Project Discrepancies
Handling Eclipse Project Reference Problems
Appendix B. Imprting a JBuilder Project into NetBeans IDE
Getting the JBuilder Project Imprter
Imprting a JBuilder 2005 Project
Project Imprt Warnings
Running the Imprted Project

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