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Book Review: NetBeans Platform 6.9 Developers Guide

NetBeans Platform 6.9 Developers Guide written by Jürgen Petri to be honest can have "for
beginners" at the end of title. This book is designated for newbies to help them with basic tasks and
in my opinion author was successful in that task. The chapters have gently increasing difficulty, so
chapters 1-4 mostly explain some concepts to the readers. What is interesting is that book takes the
form of one big tutorial so even when I was creating my first project, that project was used to the end
of book for creating TaskManager application.

I really like style of a book, in every chapter I was learning one of main concepts of Platform and my
application gets more and more powerful. Constantly refactoring my modules makes me see better
advantages of using NetBeans Platform.

It is obvious that author knows much about NetBeans and knows how to teach. Despite great
examples. the author is always explaining them in depth. He has included many tips about real
use cases and important …

End of Book! Closing chapters review.

After 3 weeks I've ended NetBeans Platform 6.9 Developers Guide Book, and as previous quick summary of read chapters.

Chapter 7: File System
How to access File System of operating system without knowing which system is it. This chapter is mostly about low-level access. But for me it is already pretty good abstraction!

Chapter 8: Data System
Creating additional abstraction on top of objects from previous chapter and create actions to create actions to save data of active model object. This chapter is also about using files in explorer which we all know from using NetBeans itself.

Chapter 9: Dialogs
This is last long chapter (28pages), which comparing to next four (sum 36 pages) is last "big" topic. Dialogs are not only simple notifications but also Wizards! We all know how wizard can make friendly some complex actions, especially when user do know know "Everything" about what and How he or she can do it. The best thing about wizards is that there is already wizard …