Over a million developers have joined DZone.

Database Design Application on the NetBeans Platform

DZone's Guide to

Database Design Application on the NetBeans Platform

· Java Zone
Free Resource

Learn how to troubleshoot and diagnose some of the most common performance issues in Java today. Brought to you in partnership with AppDynamics.

My name is Harnek Randhawa. I'm a software engineer living in Vancouver Canada. I have approximately 15 years experience developing desktop, web, and database applications. I'm the developer of the DbWrench software application.


DbWrench is a database design and synchronization software application that was developed to be easy to use and simple to learn while still being very functional, productive, and reasonably priced. It is 100% Java, created on top of the NetBeans Platform, so it is able to run on a wide range of operating systems.

NetBeans Platform

DbWrench has always been developed using the NetBeans IDE. Although earlier versions of DbWrench did not use the NetBeans Platform. Earlier versions used a Java MDI as it's basic windowing system. Current versions of DbWrench are based on the NetBeans Platform. The NetBeans Platform helps with numerous things. The most important being the windowing system, providing a feature-rich text editor, creating a distributable ZIP file, and providing a built-in lookup system.

The decision to use the NetBeans Platform really began with the decision to use Java. I wanted an application that could run on multiple operating systems. Then the next decision was to decide between either the NetBeans Platform or the Eclipse RCP. I had used NetBeans IDE before and I always liked it. That plus SWT's cross platform concerns clinched it in favor of NetBeans.

I was also pleasantly surprised that the distributable created via the NetBeans Platform wasn't all that large and the start up speed of a NetBeans-based application was quite impressive. Great job by all the people on the NetBeans team! I'm still a believer that desktop apps are the way to go for user intensive applications. I believe in any industry where the user has to interact with an application for more than an hour a day a desktop application with a sophisticated windowing system like the NetBeans Platform is the way to go.



Aside from supporting more database-related features, the goal is to keep refining and improving the things DbWrench already does.  This includes further improving the usability, productivity, and ease of use of DbWrench's diagramming, text editing, and database synchronization features.


Understand the needs and benefits around implementing the right monitoring solution for a growing containerized market. Brought to you in partnership with AppDynamics.


Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.


Dev Resources & Solutions Straight to Your Inbox

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.


{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}