My name is Tim Dudgeon, and I'm founder of Informatics Matters, a company that specialises in creating software systems for the life science sector, primarily for chemists and biologists. Our software is in use in several pharmaceutical and biotech companies and an example is the Instant JChem product, developed in association with ChemAxon Kft Several of our applications have been built using the Netbeans platform, starting back with version 3.2 and now with 6.1.

My key interests in Netbeans are in using it both as an IDE for developing web based and RCP applications, and as a platform for those RCP applications. I'm always looking for ways that Netbeans can make our lives as application builders easier, both by improvements to the IDE and platform, and by integration of widely accepted external tools, such as Spring Framework and Hibernate.

Key aspects for me:

  • can modern (e.g Web2.0) web based applications really match a RCP application in terms of functionality.
  • which of the plethora of web frameworks are the ones to use
  • how can Java inter-operate on the desktop in an inceasingly Microsoft/.NET centric world
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