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NetBeans plugin

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What is the NetBeans plugin?


The NetBeans plugin allows you to import your Alice .a3p program into the NetBeans IDE (http://netbeans.org).


You can then continue to code and run your program within NetBeans.


At this time you cannot import your NetBeans code back into Alice.  It is a one-way ticket (first class, of course).


How do I download and install the NetBeans plugin?


The Alice 3 NetBeans plugin has two prerequisites:

  1. Java Development Kit (JDK)

  2. NetBeans


If you do not have it already, you can download and install the latest JDK from Oracle's website.  If you have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed, you will still need to download and install the JDK.  The difference between the two is the JRE is needed to run Java applications and the JDK is needed to develop Java applications.


Next, download and install the latest version of NetBeans  Download the version of NetBeans under the column Java SE


After NetBeans is installed, download the Alice 3 NetBeans plugin, listed under More downloads.


To install the plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Run NetBeans.  

  2. Under the Tools menu, select Plugins.  Your menu may look slightly different depending on the version of NetBeans you have installed and what operating system you are running.  The Plugins window will open.

  3. Inside the Plugins window, click the Downloaded tab, followed by the Add Plugins... button.

  4. A file browser will open.  Navigate to your Desktop or wherever you saved the Alice NetBeans plugin.  It will be named Alice3ProjectWizard.3.x.x.x.x.nbm (where the x's refer to the version number).  Select it and click open.

  5. The plugins screen should look like this.  Click install.

  6. The Alice 3 Project Wizard Installer will open and guide you through installation.  Continue to click next on each screen.  If next is grayed out, most likely there is a checkbox you have you have not checked.  For example, on the License Agreement screen, you will need to check the box labeled I accept the terms in the license agreement in order to continue with the install.  When the installer has finished, click Finish to exit.   Click Close to close the plugins window.



Updating the NetBeans plugin to the newest version 


The most reliable method to update the Alice NetBeans plugin is to uninstall the old one and then install the new one.


To uninstall the old plugin, follow these steps:


  1. Start NetBeans
  2. Under the Tools menu, Select Plugins.  The Plugins window will open.
  3. Inside the Plugins window, click the Installed tab.
  4. Scroll down to find the Alice3 Project Wizard entry and check the checkbox next to it.
  5. Click Uninstall.
  6. A new window will appear to guide you through uninstallation.  Click uninstall.  After uninstallation, NetBeans will prompt you to restart now or later.  Restart now.
  7. Install the new plugin.

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