Saturday, December 17, 2016

NBnotify - Native NetBeans Notifications

NBnotify is back with a vengeance: Windows, macOS and Linux notifications from NetBeans plus the very useful build notifications!

NBnotify started 6 years ago as a way to integrate NetBeans with OSX and to provide me with build notifications.

I have almost always used a MacBook Pro as a work laptop for my customers so it was important that NetBeans is hooked up into the Mac ecosystem.

Back then Growl was the rage, providing customizable notifications for a myriad of Mac applications.

NBnotify entered into a short limbo while I was busy doing NetBeans customizations, Javascript type inference, JDBC drivers, ANTLR parsers and all in all Java code for paying customers...

But as soon as I had some free time this winter I had to bring it up to date!

And not only that -- but I've added first Linux and then Windows support too!

Actually, since NBnotify natively binds to libnotify it should work on BSD systems too.

So, if you are using NetBeans, you have to use NBnotify!

NBnotify is closed source, but only because it was an experiment in the market for NetBeans plugins and productization.

As soon as the NetBeans codebase is donated to Apache and we can start work, I plan on slowly integrating these native notifications into NetBeans proper and open-source the plugin.

NBnotify was always a missing core feature of NetBeans.

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