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Rich Client Programming: Plugging into the NetBeans Platform by Geertjan Wielenga, Jaroslav Tulach, Tim Boudreau

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Chapter Twenty TwoUpdate Centers

22.1. Introduction

The IDE’s Update Center wizard lets the user update the IDE’s installed modules. When the user runs the Update Center wizard to connect to an update center, the IDE checks if there are new modules or new versions of already installed modules available. If new or updated modules are available, the user can select, download, and install them. You can incorporate this functionality from the IDE into your own application based on the NetBeans Platform. Before we look at how to do that, let’s see what an update center is and how it is used.

An update center is nothing more than an XML file known as the autoupdate descriptor together with the NetBeans modules that it describes. The autoupdate descriptor ...

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