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Lou Dasaro: My Five Favorite NetBeans IDE Features!

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Continuing a series of articles focusing on NetBeans users and their five favorite NetBeans IDE features, here's the next part, by Lou Dasaro -- NetBeans team.

Lou Dasaro is a Chicago-based software developer and NetCAT's JavaFX tribe leader testing NetBeans IDE 8. He's been developing software applications for over twenty years, in recent years using NetBeans IDE. His latest apps include dashboards and informational/marketing kiosks that feature audio, video, and graphics.

Lou is also Organizer of the Chicago JavaFX User Group. His recent presentations to local groups include: "JavaFX, Scene Builder, Hibernate, and Databases" which showcases NetBeans IDE.

What are your 5 favorite NetBeans IDE features?

1. NetBeans Tight Integration with JavaFX Scene Builder. This was really the selling point for me to use NetBeans / JavaFX two years ago.

I also use NetBeans and JavaFX Scene Builder to prototype in design sessions with users.

Using the "Generate Controller" in NetBeans injects variables and some code based upon the entries made in JavaFX Scene Builder.

2. NetBeans Integrated Database Facilities. I can easily work with local and remote database servers. Very handy, especially during testing, when I need to quickly enter or verify some data or perform other SQL tasks.

3. NetBeans Hibernate Wizards. I use these to reverse-engineer databases and create data objects. Useful to get data into my applications quickly, especially early in a project, when table and columns are being added or changed on a frequent basis. Wizards access the database and reverse-engineer objects for my application!

4. The Dark look and Feel Themes Plugin. Especially Dark Metal with Norway Today. Because sometimes I like to look stealthy!

5. The NetBeans and JavaFX Community. And the skilled technical writers and evangelists at Oracle! Their tutorials, blogs, and videos have jump-started my programming skills using NetBeans IDE with JavaFX. There are too many to name, although I should mention the Silicon Valley JavaFX User Group, whose meetups I attend virtually, on a regular basis.

Do you also want to share your favorite NetBeans features with the world? Write to netbeans dot webmaster at gmail dot com.

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