Why NetBeans is awesome. Part 1: Swing form editor and custom components.

I’m great fan of NetBeans IDE and think it really doesn’t get enough noise. So I’m starting my Why NetBeans is awesome series of posts that show some NetBeans features you might not know about, but are really cool or makes life really easier.

First in the series is about great Java Swing form editor and how you can use it with custom components you have created in your application. What NetBeans allows you to do is to just add your components to palette and drag’n’drop it anywhere you need it. What’s coolest there is that it will look exactly like you designed it and will allow you to operate on properties (via getter/setter you have in your component) using Properties table you’re used to while working with ootb Swing components. Here’s how…

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