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Geertjan Discovers Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform

Posted by editor on November 9, 2009 at 8:55 AM PST

In this week's Spotlight, I'm highlighting Geertjan Wielenger's Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform. For quite a while, Geerjan has been searching the web for applications that are built on the NetBeans platform. He's found applications for business, scientific research, mapping, and a whole lot more. He sometimes uses the phrase and acronym "Yet Another NetBeans Platform Application" (YANPA) as he adds new apps to his list of discoveries.

In this past Friday's post, Geertjan writes about the use of the NetBeans platform by two large financial corporations: Experian and Société Générale. These apps aren't publicly available, but Geerjan knows about them from a NetBeans developer mailing list.

However, there are other financial applications built on the NetBeans platform that are publicly available. These apps are smaller in scope, intended, for example, for personal finance. Geerjan mentions two of these:

  • CashForward - a household financial recording keeping and budgeting application;
  • GrisbiGraphs - a reporting and graphing application for use with the Grisbi open source personal accounting application.

Undoubtedly there are more financial applications built on the NetBeans platform. If you know of any, and you'd like to help Geerjan extend the finance category within his YANPA catalog, post a comment to his Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform post.

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Our current Spotlight is Geertjan Wielenga's post Financial Applications on the NetBeans Platform: "Experian and Société Générale both have invested in the NetBeans Platform, by using it as the basis of one or more of their applications. And these two are not exactly small organizations. Experian is a global leader in consumer and business credit reporting and marketing services and a constituent of the United Kingdom's FTSE 100 index, with revenues in excess of US$4 billion, while Société Générale is France's second-largest bank by market value. How do I know that these organizations are using the NetBeans Platform? By looking in the mailing list..."

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