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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 592
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-239552-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-239552-6

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition by James Gosling      xiii
Foreword to the First Edition by Bill Shannon      xv
Preface      xvii
About the Authors      xxv
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition      xxvii
Acknowledgments for the First Edition      xxix

Chapter 1: Download, Installation, and First Project      1

Downloading the IDE      2
Installing the IDE      3
Setting a Proxy      3
First NetBeans IDE Project      4

Chapter 2: NetBeans IDE Fundamentals      9

Creating a Project      10
Configuring the Classpath      12
Creating a Subproject      13
Creating and Editing Files      15
Setting Up and Modifying Java Packages      17
Compiling and Building      18
Viewing Project Metadata and Build Results      18
Navigating to the Source of Compilation Errors      19
Running      20
Creating and Running Tests      20
Debugging the Application      21
Integrating Version Control Commands      22
Managing IDE Windows      23

Chapter 3: IDE Project Fundamentals      25

Introduction to IDE Projects      26
Choosing the Right Project Template      28
Creating a Project from Scratch      29
Importing a Project Developed in a Different Environment      33
Navigating Your Projects      37
Working with Files Not in the Project      41
Creating Packages and Files in the Project      42
Configuring the Project's Classpath      44
Changing the Version of the JDK Your Project Is Based On      45
Changing the Target JDK for a Standard Project      46
Referencing JDK Documentation (Javadoc) from the Project      46
Adding Folders and JAR Files to the Classpath      47
Making External Sources and Javadoc Available in the IDE      47
Structuring Your Projects      48
Displaying and Hiding Projects      50
Compiling a Project      50
Running a Project in the IDE      55
Deploying a Java Project Outside of the IDE      57
Building a Project from Outside of the IDE      59
Customizing the IDE-Generated Build Script      60
Running a Specific Ant Target from the IDE      64
Completing Ant Expressions      64
Making a Menu Item or Shortcut for a Specific Ant Target      65

Chapter 4: Versioning Your Projects      69

Setting up CVS in NetBeans IDE      70
Checking Out Sources from a CVS Repository      71
Putting a Project into CVS      74
Keeping Track of Changes      76
Updating Files      80
Committing Changes      80
Ignoring Files in CVS Operations      81
Adding and Removing Files from a Repository      82
Working with Branches      82
Working with Patches      85
Working with Versioning Histories      87
Working with Other Version Control Systems      89

Chapter 5: Editing and Refactoring Code      91

Opening the Source Editor      92
Managing Automatic Insertion of Closing Characters      93
Displaying Line Numbers      94
Generating Code Snippets without Leaving the Keyboard      94
Using Code Completion      96
Inserting Snippets from Code Templates      100
Using Editor Hints to Generate Missing Code      108
Matching Other Words in a File      109
Generating Methods to Implement and Override      110
Generating JavaBeans Component Code      111
Creating and Using Macros      112
Creating and Customizing File Templates      113
Handling Imports      115
Displaying Javadoc Documentation While Editing      116
Formatting Code      116
Text Selection Shortcuts      120
Navigating within the Current Java File      120
Navigating from the Source Editor      124
Searching and Replacing      126
Deleting Code Safely      131
Changing a Method's Signature      135
Encapsulating a Field      136
Moving a Class to a Different Package      138
Moving Class Members to Other Classes      139
Creating a Method from Existing Statements      141
Creating an Interface from Existing Methods      142
Extracting a Superclass to Consolidate Common Methods      143
Changing References to Use a Supertype      145
Unnesting Classes      146
Tracking Notes to Yourself in Your Code      148
Comparing Differences Between Two Files      150
Splitting the Source Editor      151
Maximizing Space for the Source Editor      151
Changing Source Editor Keyboard Shortcuts      152

Chapter 6: Building Java Graphical User Interfaces      153

Using Different Layout Managers      156
Placing and Aligning a Component in a Form      157
Setting Component Size and Resizability      159
Setting Component Alignment      160
Specifying Component Behavior and Appearance      161
Generating Event Listening and Handling Methods      162
Customizing Generated Code      165
Previewing a Form      166
Using Custom Beans in the Form Editor      166
Deploying GUI Applications Developed with Matisse      167

Chapter 7: Debugging Java Applications      169

Starting a Debugging Session      171
Attaching the Debugger to a Running Application      175
Starting the Debugger Outside of the Project's Main Class      177
Stepping through Code      177
Setting Breakpoints      181
Managing Breakpoints      185
Customizing Breakpoint Behavior      186
Monitoring Variables and Expressions      189
Backing up from a Method to Its Call      192
Monitoring and Controlling Execution of Threads      192
Fixing Code During a Debugging Session      194
Viewing Multiple Debugger Windows Simultaneously      195

Chapter 8: Developing Web Applications      197

Representation of Web Applications in the IDE      199
Adding Files and Libraries to Your Web Application      203
Editing and Refactoring Web Application Files      208
Deploying a Web Application      214
Testing and Debugging Your Web Application      217
Creating and Deploying Applets      219
Changing the IDE's Default Web Browser      223
Monitoring HTTP Transactions      224

Chapter 9: Creating Web Applications on the JSF and Struts Frameworks      233

JSF Overview      234
Struts Overview      240

Chapter 10: Introduction to Java EE Development in NetBeans IDE      251

Configuring the IDE for Java EE Development      252
Java EE Server Support      255
Getting the Most from the Java BluePrints Solutions Catalog      257

Chapter 11: Extending Web Applications with Business Logic: Introducing Enterprise Beans      267

EJB Project Template Wizards      269
Adding Enterprise Beans, Files, and Libraries to Your EJB Module      272
Adding Business Logic to an Enterprise Bean      275
Adding a Simple Business Method      276
Enterprise Bean Deployment Descriptors      280

Chapter 12: Extending Java EE Applications with Web Services      283

Consuming Existing Web Services      284
IDE and Server Proxy Settings      291
Creating a WSDL File      292
Implementing a Web Service in a Web Application      292
Implementing Web Services within an EJB Module      300
Testing Web Services      301
Adding Message Handlers to a Web Service      304

Chapter 13: Developing Full-Scale Java EE Applications      311

Creating Entity Beans with the Top-Down Approach      313
Creating Entity Beans with the Bottom-Up Approach      321
Assembling Enterprise Applications      324
Importing Existing Enterprise Applications      328
Consuming Java Enterprise Resources      333
Java EE Platform and Security Management      341
Understanding the Java EE Application Server Runtime Environment      347
Ensuring Java EE Compliance      355
Refactoring Enterprise Beans      357
Database Support and Derby Integration      359

Chapter 14: Developing Java ME Mobile Applications      363

Downloading and Installing the Mobility Pack      364
Mobility Primer      364
Configuration vs. Configuration      366
Setting up Mobility Projects      366
Creating a Project from Scratch      366
Importing a Project      367
Physical Structure of Mobile Projects      369
Using Mobility File Templates      370
Configuring the Project's Classpath      372
Debugging Your Project      376
Configuring Your Project for Different Devices      377
Setting the Active Configuration for Your Project      379
Reusing Project Settings and Configurations      380
Structuring Project Dependencies      382
Managing the Distribution JAR File Content      383
Handling Project Resources for Different Configurations      384
Writing Code Specific to a List of Configurations      385
Using the Preprocessor      387
Using Configuration Abilities      397
Creating and Associating an Ability with a Configuration      398
Localizing Applications      400
Using the MIDP Visual Designer      402
Understanding the Flow Designer      405
Understanding the Screen Designer      413
Deploying Your Application Automatically      414
Incrementing the Application's MIDlet-Version Automatically      417
Using Ant in Mobility Projects      417
Using Headless Builds      421
Using the Wireless Connection Tools      422
Finding More Information      426

Chapter 15: Profiling Java Applications      427

Supported Platforms      428
Downloading and Installing the NetBeans Profiler      429
Starting a Profiling Session      429
The Profiler Control Panel      432
Monitoring an Application      435
Analyzing Performance      437
Analyzing Code Fragment Performance      442
Analyzing Memory Usage      443
Attaching the Profiler to a JVM      447

Chapter 16: Integrating Existing Ant Scripts with the IDE      449

Creating a Free-Form Project      451
Mapping a Target to an IDE Command      453
Setting up the Debug Project Command for a General Java Application      455
Setting up the Debug Project Command for a Web Application      457
Setting up Commands for Selected Files      462
Setting up the Compile File Command      463
Setting up the Run File Command      466
Setting up the Debug File Command      468
Setting up the Debugger's Apply Code Changes Command      470
Setting up the Profile Project Command for a General Java Application      471
Changing the Target JDK for a Free-Form Project      472
Making a Custom Menu Item for a Target      473
Debugging Ant Scripts      473

Chapter 17: Developing NetBeans Plug-in Modules      477

Plug-in Modules      478
Rich-Client Applications      478
Extending NetBeans IDE with Plug-in Modules      480
Setting up a Plug-in Module      481
Using the NetBeans APIs      486
Registering the Plug-in Module      496
Adding a License to a Plug-in Module      497
Building and Trying Out a Plug-in Module      499
Packaging and Distributing a Plug-in Module      500
Packaging and Distributing a Rich-Client Application      502
Finding Additional Information      504

Chapter 18: Using NetBeans Developer Collaboration Tools      507

Getting the NetBeans Developer Collaboration Tools      508
Configuring NetBeans IDE for Developer Collaboration      509
Creating a Collaboration Account      510
Managing Collaboration Accounts      514
Logging into a Collaboration Server      518
Collaborating and Interacting with Developers      519

Appendix A: Importing an Eclipse Project into NetBeans IDE       527

Getting the Eclipse Project Importer      528
Choosing Between Importing with and Importing without Project Dependencies      529
Importing an Eclipse Project and Preserving Project Dependencies      529
Importing an Eclipse Project and Ignoring Project Dependencies      532
Handling Eclipse Project Discrepancies      534
Handling Eclipse Project Reference Problems      534

Appendix B: Importing a JBuilder Project into NetBeans IDE       537

Getting the JBuilder Project Importer      538
Importing a JBuilder 2005 Project      538
Project Import Warnings      539
Running the Imported Project      540

Index      541


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