Quicktip: Maven-based NBM development and the user-dir

When you develop a NetBeans module using the Maven-approach, every time you “Clean & build” your module the userdir, which is placed in the target-directory by default, will be deleted. “Clean & Build” is necessary if you’re altering the layer.xml directly or indirectly by using annotations like @ActionReferences.  So after that you have to reconfigure your target platform again, f.e. by opening the same projects and files to restore the previous state. That is annoying, but easy to fix.

Add a profile to your settings.xml

<profile>
    <id>userdir</id>
    <properties>
        <netbeans.userdir>../userdir</netbeans.userdir>
    </properties>
</profile>

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After that you can choose the profile from the profile-dropdown or in the context-menu of the project node.

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This way the configured userdir is used for running/debugging your NetBeans module. It won’t get deleted automatically.

Advanced tips: Of course you can also configure an absolute path or even make the profile default by applying activeByDefault

<profile>
    <id>userdir</id>
    <activation>
        <activeByDefault>true</activeByDefault>
    </activation>
    <properties>
        <netbeans.userdir>/home/user/myuserdir</netbeans.userdir>
    </properties>
</profile>

 

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Quicktip: How to display your own Java code-templates in the code completion of NetBeans IDE

After blogged about How to display your own PHP code-templates in the code completion of NetBeans IDE a NetBeans user asked me how it works for Java code.

Yes, it is possible and it is even simpler. Since NetBeans 7.4 (issue #160771) you can define the context, where code-template has to be shown. Don’t be overwhelmed by the available contexts. For completions within a block/method choose BLOCK.

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Quicktip: How to display your own PHP code-templates in the code completion of NetBeans IDE

Here a small tip for all the PHP developers, which want to see their code-templates in the code-completion list of NetBeans IDE.

  1. First create your own code template in code-template options at “Tools|Options|Editor|Code Templates” and save the options.
  2. Then open the code-templates file from your NetBeans user dir. For example: c:\Users\johndoe\AppData\Roaming\NetBeans\8.0.2\config\Editors\text\x-php5\CodeTemplates\org-netbeans-modules-editor-settings-CustomCodeTemplates.xml This XML file contains all your custom template settings for the given mime-type.
  3. Search for your entry and add contexts="php-code" to the <codetemplate>-tag and save it.

This way the template will be displayed in the code-completion list too.

When it looks like this

<codetemplate abbreviation="ech" contexts="php-code">
    <code><![CDATA[echo "${cursor} it works"]]></code>
</codetemplate>

it will work like that.

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If you like to have a option for that in the UI the NetBeans IDE itself, then please file an issue at https://netbeans.org/bugzilla -> Not needed anymore. See the update below.

UPDATE:  In the next version of NetBeans IDE (>8.1) no fiddling in files is needed anymore. Thanks to junichi11, who provided a patch to solve this via issue #246664 . The context can be set in the new context tab within the code-templates options.

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Code outline plugin 1.3.0 now supports dark themes

As you might already read in the NetBeans weekly newsletter, I also updated the Code outline plugin this week. This plugin shows the document content in miniature at the right gutter of the editor. Some of you know that feature from “Sublime Text” editor. This implementation is a bit simpler.

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A highly requested feature was the support of dark themes. And now it’s supported. The basic text color and the background color of the editor is used. You can also check the “Darkening” option, which lowers the brightness of the code outside of the viewport. Try it!

Other improvements: You can define the font-size, but I propose to use single-digit font-sizes. The display quality has also been improved by applying anti-aliasing.

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The plugin is already available from the plugin dialog within your NetBeans IDE 8+. Or it can by downloaded manually from the plugin page at [1] and github [2].

Please file issues/enhancement at [2]. I also like to merge your pull-requests for further improvements! Happy coding with NetBeans!

[1] http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/57219/?show=true
[2] https://github.com/markiewb/nb-codeoutline

New version of Eclipse Code Formatter for Java provides support for Eclipse 4.5.1 Mars.1 and @format:off

Within the last days I had time to update the formatter plugin, which allows you to format java source code using the formatter engine of Eclipse JDT. In a few days it will be available as an update from within your NetBeans IDE. If you are curious and you don’t want to wait for it, then you can install it manually from [1] or [2].

The major change is that the jars for the formatter engine are now taken from Eclipse 4.5.1 Mars.1.

As you might know, the plugin already provided support for @format:off before – if it was enabled in the formatter file. But now it provides some code templates, so that it easier to use. See the documentation at [3]

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Feel free to file issues and provide pull-requests to see your enhancement in the next release! Happy coding and a happy new year!

[1] http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/50877
[2] https://github.com/markiewb/eclipsecodeformatter_for_netbeans
[3] https://github.com/markiewb/eclipsecodeformatter_for_netbeans/wiki/Support-of-@formatter:off