Real, supported, module development has arrived
Other folks have been blogging about the new support for NetBeans module development in the 5.0 stream. However, as the guy who put together the "cluster build harness" for (unofficially) supporting module development in 4.1, I just thought I'd chime in with my own words of praise.
If I were starting a project based on the netbeans platform now, I would not use my cluster build harness. I'd use 5.0 builds, and I'd begin with Geertjan's (most finished) tutorial.
The new UI for module development is very effective. How effective? Well, when I get a few moments I'll write another entry about how I was able to create a module in about 5 minutes to test my fix for http://www.netbeans.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=64012
It would have been a lot more work with the cluster build harness!