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Introduction to the NetBeans Platform

 Well we are 2/3rds of the way through the first  "Introduction to the NetBean's Platform" training session, presented by Geertjan Wielenga at the Jumping Bean offices in Johannesburg. The class of 16 students come from various companies such as SAAB Grintek, involved in the defence sector, Fermel a supplier of mining equipment,  Core Freight, a software development house and IT Platform involved in the development of specialised business systems.

Geertjan delivers NetBeans Platform training

So far everyone has found the course relevant and enjoyable. At the end of the course all attendees will officially be "NetBeans Platform Certified Associates". After this the next step on the certification ladder will be to become a "NetBeans Platform Certified Engineer".

Next week we will be holding the same course in Stellenbosch in Cape Town. There are places still available so if you are interested in attending its not too late to sign up.

Toni Epple - Java Consultant & Trainer

Toni Epple Netbeans Module writer

Anton (Toni) has more than 10 years experience leading Java projects and has published many articles on the topic.

He is a consultant worldwide for a wide variety of companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, in many areas, including finance institutions and aerospace.

In his spare time, Anton is community leader for the JavaTools Community at and a member of the NetBeans Dream Team and Governance Board. His current focus is on bringing OSGi to the NetBeans platform.

Netbeans Performance Architect Course Objectives

Though knowledge of the NetBeans Platform will be helpful, it is definitely not a requirement for students attending this course. Objectives include:

  • How to define what's in a module, which parts should be public APIs,
  • How to integrate with third party stuff,
  • Advanced APIs used,
  • Datasystems API,
  • Advanced use of lookups (lazy loading etc),
  • Testing,
  • Deployment: Smart update centers,
  • and important contrib modules.

During the course students will develop the Visual OSGi Designer application

Netbeans Java Videos

In preparation for our upcoming course, here are some links to tutorial videos which may be useful to gain further insight into the Netbeans platform.

Top API's used on the Netbeans platform

Creating an application on Netbeans 6.9 platform

Netbeans IDE 6.9 screencasts

General screencasts for Netbeans 6.X

blog | by Dr. Radut