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Migration Guide: How to Import a JBuilder Project into NetBeans IDE
Tips and Steps for Complex or Simple Projects
August 7, 2006,
Volume 102, Issue 2

To help developers migrate existing projects from JBuilder to NetBeansTM IDE, Sun has a migration guide available online. The guide covers what you need to know to start NetBeans IDE, import your JBuilder projects into NetBeans IDE, and continue work on your projects.

The first step is to download the IDE (if you don't have it already).

All NetBeans IDE projects are all based around the Ant build tool, which makes NetBeans projects easily portable to other environments. You can create either standard or free-form projects (with or without Ant script templates).

The online guide walks you through downloading the JBuilder Project Importer Module to import projects that you have developed with JBuilder 2005 into NetBeans IDE. Once you have the importer module added, you can import JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SETM now called Java SE) projects from JBuilder with a simple wizard.

The Projects Window enables you to build and run your application.

When converting JBuilder projects to NetBeans IDE, the way you convert the projects depends largely on these questions:

  • How complex is the project in terms of dependencies, server configuration, database access and so on?

  • What technologies does the project use?

  • To what extent does the project need to be maintained? Is it likely that the project will need major reworking or extension?

  • To what extent do you use the IDE for building tasks and to what extent do you rely on command-line tools or other tools?

If you have a project that you have just started developing or which has not yet become too complex, you will probably want to convert the project into a standard NetBeans IDE project using a "With Existing Sources" template. Doing so gives you full integration with all of NetBeans IDE's features.

If you have a project that is very complex and/or which you do not anticipate extensively modifying, you might find that it is most practical to use a NetBeans IDE free-form project (using a "With Existing Ant Script" template). The advantage of this approach is that you do not have to reconfigure your project from scratch.

NetBeans IDE does not have a special feature to convert JBuilder web and enterprise projects into projects in NetBeans IDE. However, importing existing projects into NetBeans IDE is fairly straightforward. Steps are online.

Other details available are how to register the server that you want to develop for and how to configure the way the project is built and run. All the details are online in the Migration Guide.

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