Re: [visad] Best IDE for Visad?

Thank you for the encouragement and help I have received in getting started 
with NetBeans and VisAD.

I am pleased to report that I have been successful. However there were a lot 
more mis-steps than I expected. This was mostly about NetBeans and less about 
VisAD. I'm a newbie with NetBeans but heck I used to make a living from 
programming (I'm now a geophysicist) and if it takes me this long then I 
figured other people maybe have a few stumbles as well.

So as a thank you to the community I wrote a little 7-step guide to getting 
started with NetBeans and VisAD for complete beginners.

I'm not certain how "rich" a message this mail-list and the archive will 
support but I'm attaching it as a Word document and also pasting it in below.

All errors are mine. I'd be happy to receive feedback and suggestions, 
including if there is somewhere that it would be appropriate to post this 
online.

Many thanks,
Andy

A Beginners Guide to Getting Started WithVisAD and NetBeans
23rd March 2013 andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> working 
on Windows7 SP1 32-bit
A seven step guide aimed at first-time users of NetBeans attempting to compile 
and run Ugo Taddei's VisAD tutorials. This will also be useful for anyone 
attempting to use NetBeans for the first time to work on some existing Java 
code and application libraries.
Step 1: Download and Install NetBeans
Download the NetBeans IDE from http://netbeans.org/downloads/
I downloaded the Java SE download bundle for NetBeans version 7.3
Step 2: Download VisAD
Download the file ftp://ftp.ssec.wisc.edu/pub/visad-2.0/visad.jar
I saved this into C:\Programe Files\Java\VisAD\visad.jar
Step 3: Download and Unpack Ugo Taddei's VisAD Tutorial
Download the file http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~billh/vistutor.jar
I then used the 7zip program, available from here, 
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/, to unpack this file into 
C:\Users\Andrew\VisAD\UgoTutorial
Step 4: Launch NetBeans and Create a New Project
Launch NetBeans and from the main menu select File > New Project. In the New 
Project dialog choose a project category of Java Project with Existing Sources
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I chose to call my new project VisADTutorial
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Then I selected the folder where I had extracted the source code for the 
tutorial examples. The tutorials are pre-compiled and the .class files are in 
the same directories. NetBeans will offer to delete these and recompile - 
accept this option to delete.
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Step 6: Tell NetBeans Where to Find the VisAD Library
We now have a new NetBeans project but it won't compile because it can't find 
the VisAD classes. In the NetBeans Project tree right click on the Libraries 
folder and select Add JAR/Folder. Navigate to wherever you saved the visad.jar 
file from step 2 and then select it.
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Step 7: Compile and Run The Tutorials
In the the NetBeans Project tree in the Source Packages folder browse to find 
the java source file for the tutorial that you want to run, right click on it 
and select run. NetBeans will compile and run the program.




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