I started exploring the NetBeans 6.1 RC1 pack and it was just a matter of time before I stumbled upon the most striking feature as far as I am concerned...
A seperate module support for NetBeans Platform Application development..
You can visit Platform and Rich Client Application Development page for more comprehensive information.
Although the IDE has always offered comprehensive GUI support for building IDE modules and rich client applications on top of NetBeans Platform, 6.1 RC1 comes up with a seperate module suite for the specific purpose.
The NetBeans Platform Application creates a new empty NetBeans Platform Application. This is an application skeleton, without any modules. It is the starting point for your own rich-client applications.
Just say File > New Project > NetBeans Modules > NetBeans Platform Application
The following project base is created by default:
Its upto us now to explore and use the new feature as per our needs...
Hats off NetBeans for simplifying and providing mouth-watering support for rich client applications. It ought be an appplication developers dream!!