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Creating a Project Type

Posted by n_varun on December 21, 2008 at 3:40 AM PST

Nov 15, 2008
I began a blog series on my learnings of NetBeans API’s, interacting with experienced folks on the mailing lists and browsing through NetBeans sources, that might help me (possibly others as well) "Create a New Project Type" in NetBeans IDE.

Dec 16, 2008
One month later, I could find some time to document my further learnings, by blogging about "Adding Category and Projects". This was a short post, but has many useful pointers for a beginner like me to learn and understand the integration of Project Types in NetBeans Platform.

Dec 19, 2008
Three days later, I wrote the follow-up blog about "Templates", yes the one’s shown in "New File" action invoked on any node of a project’s Logical View (Projects Window).

Next; I will dig deep into the Platform again, its been a month since I have surfed the sources… By the way, many community members are showing interest in creating a project type, hope to see them documenting their experience soon...

See ya, until next time. Stay tuned to my blog...

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Hmmm, but as per my latest entry, there are few community members showing interest and have already started working on that. As for my case, I had stopped doing so few days back, because I won't find enough time to devote on this anymore... As you suggested, its lot of work, I do agree, but I feel it might depend on kind of layout, one thinks to work upon. Isn't it?

I would discourage you from creating your own project types. It's a *lot* of work that is hard to make right and for most usecases you shall be able to extend the existing ones anyway..