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Netbeans Platform: Mac OSX App Bundle and Embedded JRE with Maven

One problem every Java Desktop developer has to deal with is that Java apps just don't act like native applications. Whether it's the JRE dependency, the swing look and feel, or just bad memories about slow performance in old versions of Java. On Mac OSX there is an additional hurdle where users expect their applications to be a .app bundle inside a DMG image with a shortcut to /Application allowing them to drag/drop the installation. The built in Netbeans Platform installer is nice, but it's a far cry from the native behavior.

With that in mind, I'm going to describe how you can really step up your Netbeans Platform Maven build to include an OSX deployment with a bundled JRE all packaged up as an APP inside a DMG image. What a mouth full.

All of the source code for my implementation in Universal Gcode Sender can be found on GitHub in this commit. The techniques used in this post were heavily inspired (and in many cases copy/pasted from) the Gephi project, which has a …

Netbeans Platform: Good, Bad and Ugly

The Good
The Netbeans Platform is incredibly simple to get started with. There are extensive tutorial based guides to get you started, like this tutorial about creating a CRUD application with zero code, or making a paint app, and videos too, not to mention Geertjan's Blog which goes into many advanced examples. If you're using the Netbeans IDE you also get a huge assortment of wizards to help you along with various annotation-based integrations. The wizards have excellent ANT support and pretty good Maven support as well. There are many advanced features in the box from window management, plugins, configurable key-bindings and an auto-update framework.

The Bad When you want to do something advanced which isn't covered by a tutorial, you quickly need to roll up your sleeves and dig into the source code. For example, if you choose to migrate from the default ANT build to Maven, this guide is lacking if you aren't very familiar with Maven. Or even if you used the built …