The Netbeans Visual Library in Netbeans 6 – using to express data.
One of the applications I look after manages a complex data warehouse, one of the problems is that with that complexity it seems only a low amount of users have got their head around the software. So I’ve been looking for a more graphical way to express the data.
A lot of things in life are joined together by work flow of some sort. Database tables have relationships, jobs go through a process from start to finish etc etc. Using the Netbeans visual library I was able to construct a data map of some data to show the relationships between different objects directly from the database.
http://graph.netbeans.org/ – if you want to see the library used. It is nothing short of incredible, it allows the construction of user interfaces and then the development of applications that map objects dynamically, for me I’m mapping them over the data allowing the user to edit the data, delete the data, change the relationship or create a new data set, (like a crud application but much prettier).
The first version has caused some excitement even though it does nothing but display the data in a pictorial form! Just wait till they are editing records.
I can see in the future people having whole applications where they start with a map and are able to arrange the application how they like! What about setting up a virtual desktop for your application? Anything is possible.