Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introduction To NetBeans

After a long gap of 2 months, we had our second technical session last Saturday; that is on 24th January on NetBeans, the multi-lingual IDE from Sun Microsystems Inc.

After the OpenSolaris 2008.05, we planned to take up a topic which would reflect the dominance of a Sun technology on our curriculum. After giving in a lot of thought, we decided to take up NetBeans as our topic with emphasis on the fact that NetBeans can be used in every year of our four year tenure at Osmania University.

Once we decided on the topic of the session, we started preparing the concepts which would be discussed in the seminar. Keeping in view the 1st year and 2nd year students, we also planned a small pre-requisite presentation, so that they can understand the main presentation easily.

The concepts covered as a part of the seminar included

Pre-requisite Presentation

  • Programming
  • Programming Languages
  • IDEs
  • Databases
  • Servers

Introduction to NetBeans Presentation

  • Introduction to NetBeans
  • History of NetBeans
  • Installation of NetBeans
  • Feature overview of NetBeans
  • Technologies supported in NetBeans
  • NetBeans as a part of Osmania University
  • The NetBeans Community

Further, we also demonstrated how programming languages like C, C++, Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, JSP, EJB and UML can be used in NetBeans. We also had a small demo covering PHP using NetBeans and GlassFish.

The entire presentation extended for about 2 to 2½ hours, and we ended it with an interactive discussion with the audience where their queries were answered and feedback was taken. We had a lot of positive comments and it was satisfying to see that the crowd understood what we wished to communicate. We thereby concluded the session stressing on the fact that NetBeans should be used by everyone.

We had a total strength of about 70 students for the event.

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