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People are doing amazing things with the NetBeans RCP (Rich Client) Platform. Geertjan Wielenga just pointed me to two more cool uses, this time for embedded development.

First, Microchip Technology Inc. has built an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for their PIC MCU series, called MPLAB. It’s a feature-rich, fully integrated, end-to-end development environment for developing and testing applications for their range of 8, 16, and 32-bit microcontrollers.

It is built on NetBeans RCP and features a number of advanced functions such as building, deploying, and running/debugging MCU code with a single click, visualizing call graphs to understand complex code, seamless support for different MCU types, project and tool configurations, change tracking, code templates, and much more.

Read this interview with the lead developer, Vince Sheard, on all the features and why they chose NetBeans RCP as the base to build MPLAB on.

Second, coming more from a hobbyist angle, there are several options to program Atmel MCUs (basis of the extremely popular Arduino platform), including the Java-based Arduino IDE.

However, developer Ingmar Hendriks prefers using the NetBeans IDE with its C/C++ support to program Atmel MCUs directly. As Ingmar points out in this interview there are already several options to do that – but it would be great to leverage the flexible NetBeans plugin architecture and create a dedicated plugin which integrates the Atmel MCU tool chain into the NetBeans IDE. This would give developers a one-stop, integrated IDE experience for programming Arduino platforms.

Check out Ingmar’s proposal for creating such a plugin. Sounds like a great idea to me!

Cheers,

— Terrence

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For the next 10 days Java will be all over Brazil … and I don’t mean the black, hot kind ūüėČ

JavaOne Latin America

First, JavaOne Latin America is in Sao Paulo from the 6th to the 8th. Choose from dozens of technical sessions, keynotes, and hands-on labs, explore the booths and DEMOGrounds in the Exhibition Area, and take advantage of the opportunities to speak first-hand with the experts and mingle with your fellow developers.

JavaOne Latin America is organized in four tracks BrazilianDukeOnAltoSax.png

  • Client Side Technologies and Rich User Experiences
  • Core Java Platform
  • Java EE, Web Profile, Platform Technologies, Web Services, and the Cloud
  • Java ME, Mobile, Embedded, and Devices

so there’s bound to be something of interest for everyone. Have a look at the schedule for more information. A full list of sessions can be found here.

JavaOne Latin America is also supported by a number of Java User Groups, so I’m particularly looking forward to the Community Keynote with our well-known Java community members Bruno Souza, Fabiane Nardon, and Vinicus Senger. Should be fun!

Also, there is a Portuguese version of the JavaOne website.

More Java Events

Next, there are a number of additional Java-related events planned, from the SOUJava Geek Bike Ride to a string of JUG events where I and several of my Java Evangelism colleagues will be speaking across Brazil on topics such as Java 7, The Future of Java, Java EE, JavaFX 2.0, and more:

Be sure to check with your local JUG for specific event information.

Hope to see you in person over the next few days at one of the events!

Cheers,

— Terrence

Update: Also see Juggy Says: “Welcome to JavaOne Latin America 2011!”

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