NetBeans Application Platform Footprint (NetBeans 6.9 Beta)

I am in the process of finding a powerful framework for designing a Swing based desktop application. For this I consulted the book „The Definitive Guide to NetBeans™ Platform“ (Boeck, 2009) and the screencast series TOP 10 NetBeans APIs on the netbeans platform website.

I find that most of the features of this platform are quite impressive. The only feature that looks a bit messy to me is the configuration using the layer.xml file. I believe it can become rather confusing, when there are many modules all contributing or overwriting different files or properties. Furthermore, I am quite concerned about the NetBeans modules, which are not 100% compatible with OSGi modules. As with 6.9 the whole platform can run on OSGi, I hope that the NetBeans modules will be changed to OSGi bundles and that these modules could be flexibly reused in Swing applications running on OSGi.

I am most concerned about the footprint of the platform. I have tested the memory usage and startup time on my MacBook running Mac OS X Version 10.6.3. Furthermore, I have listed the size of the distribution. I have added nothing to the projects created by the wizard.

Variant Distribution Size Memory Startup Time
Java Desktop Application (Swing Application Framework) 528 KB 54.4 MB

2 s
NetBeans Platform Application (Maven archetype) 8.4 MB ( 129.0 MB 5 s
NetBeans Platform Application 7.5 MB (build-zip) 106.1 MB 5 s
NetBeans Runtime (Container only) 1.3 MB (build-zip) 66.6 MB 2 s
NetBeans Platform Application (without OSGi modules) 6.9 MB (build-zip) 112.2 MB 5 s


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