Creating a Project

The easiest way to learn about JavaBeans is to start using them. To begin, download and install the latest version of NetBeans . This tutorial describes how to use NetBeans version 7.0.

NetBeans is a bean builder tool, which means it recognizes JavaBeans components (beans) and enables you to snap components together into an application with ease.

A Button is a Bean

Start NetBeans. Choose File > New Project... from the menu.

Choose Java and Java Application
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Select Java from the Categories list and select Java Application from the Projects list. Click Next >.

Enter a project name
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Enter SnapApp as the application name. Uncheck Create Main Class and click Finish. NetBeans creates the new project and you can see it in NetBeans' Projects pane:

SnapApp in the Projects pane

Control-click on the SnapApp project and choose New > JFrame Form... from the popup menu.

Create a new frame
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Fill in SnapFrame for the class name and snapapp as the package. Click Finish. NetBeans creates the new class and shows its visual designer:

NetBeans' visual designer
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In the Projects pane on the left, you can see the newly created SnapFrame class. In the center of the screen is the NetBeans visual designer. On the right side is the Palette, which contains all the components you can add to the frame in the visual designer.