In this programming article, we will look at some of the best Netbeans IDE plugins you can use to make the most out of your Java applications. We will be showcasing add-ons for several different categories, including reporting, mobile app development, database development, and GUI (graphical user interface).
If you have ever been to a website where you need to book a date for a reservation or an event, or want to view archives from a certain period in time, you have probably seen those cool-looking date pickers that let you click on a specific date or a range of dates.
You can achieve this same effect using a Netbeans plugin - specifically JDateChooser. In addition to letting you create the plain-looking single and multiple date calendar selections, JDateChooser gives you the possibility of creating your own background images, which of course is great if you have a customized theme and want the widget to blend in well.
It is fairly simple to use, and the output couldn’t be easier to implement. If you want to download the plugin, you can find it either at the Netbeans repository: http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/658/jdatechooser-1-1-1 or at its SourceForge page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jdatechooser/
If you want a good database editor with PL/SQL in mind, one that has quickly climbed in popularity is the simply named PL/SQL Editor. It works within the Netbeans IDE and supports Oracle functions, packages, procedures, and object creation/manipulation. It also does code indentation and highlighting, making it a pretty decent tool to work with.