Well, the NetBeans Platform Certified Training has now started in Johannesburg, organized by Jumping Bean.
The room is as full as it could be. 16 paid students, all from various organizations. About half of them are from defense contractor Saab, who create applications for the South African National Defense Force. Part of what they're going to be doing is plugging into KITT, about which there will be a demonstration on Wednesday. Other students (well, actually, fulltime Java professionals) are working at, among other organizations, Fermel, creating mining-related applications, jemstep, it platforms, and Core Freight Systems.
The range of experience is quite large, from newbies to Java to some who already have various applications on the NetBeans Platform, hoping to provide screenshots of those soon.
The topics discussed during the first day ranged from getting started to modules, Lookup, and System FileSystem (central registry). Tomorrow we'll cover window systems, nodes & explorer views, and the Visual Library.
Unfortunately, in all the excitement, I forgot to take a photo of the group, hope to do so tomorrow. The homework for the evening was to complete the text filter sample that the group had started working on during the course:
http://platform.netbeans.org/tutoria...ick-start.html
The same course will be delivered next week in Stellenbosch, at the offices of ISSI International, an organization creating applications for seismological analysis. There are still a few places left over, so write to mark at jumpingbean dot co dot za to join up.


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