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The latest 3-day NetBeans Platform Certified Training is taking place at the bioinformatics department at Bielefeld University, in Germany.

The standard program is being followed, covering the topics of module system, service infrastructure, window system, nodes, explorer view, visual library, actions... i.e., all the central goodies of the NetBeans Platform. A session on Maven and the NetBeans Platform is being included for the first time, delivered by Aljoscha Rittner, who has a lot of experience in this area. Hopefully his session will be filmed, so that it can be more generally made available.

The majority of the +- 20 students in the class are masters or doctoral students and their use cases for wanting to learn about the NetBeans Platform are as follows:

  • One group will explore the use of the NetBeans Platform to implement all their service development/deployment/configuration requirements for the Bielefeld Bioinformatics Server.
  • People from another group will go on and explore whether the current web-based perl/cgi system can be replaced by a Java application server (Oracle GlassFish) backend and NetBeans Platform based frontend.
  • Other people are interested in simply learning how to use a mature framework to build extensible applications and to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of such an approach. 
Some work has already been done at the bioinformatics department at Bielefeld University with the NetBeans Platform, such as described in the article Research in Metabolomics and Proteomics on the NetBeans Platform.

A pic of part of the group hard at work during a workshop:



Also interested in learning about the NetBeans Platform at your university? Leave a message here (or write to geertjan dot wielenga at oracle dot com) and you'll be contacted about setting up a NetBeans Platform Certified Training (for free) at your university.



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