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How to setup an IDE

In any case, you need to install the JDK first: Download.

You also should set the environment variable JAVA_HOME to the directory you installed the JDK into, e.g. C:/Programme/Java/jdk1.6.0_12. The variable PATH should contain the bin-Folder, e.g. %PATH%;%JAVA_HOME%\bin.

Hint: Under Windows, you can set environment variable by:

  • Hitting Windows+Pause
  • Tab “Advanced”
  • Button “Environment Variables”


  1. Check out the source code with subversion into a folder of your choice. There exists several tools (RapidSVN, tortoise) or use the command line on a *nix/Cygwin.
  2. Create a new project with the type 'Java Free-Form Project'
    1. Choose the root of the checkout as Location
    2. All other fields should be automatically filled
    3. You can map ant targets to netbeans actions
    4. Set the source level to JDK 1.6
    5. add the libs from 'lib/' to the 'src/src' Source Package Folder.
    6. add only the needed libs from lib/ to 'test/src'


  1. Install Subversive (or another SVN client).
  2. Check out trunk as Java Project.
  3. Add to the Build Path the Libraries:
    1. All .jar in lib/ and sub-directories.
  4. Add as Source folder: test/src


  1. Create an adapted version of in the project root folder. Use as a blueprint.

Build Process

  1. run the target clean-all first
  2. run the target runtime which will create all necessary jars
  3. run the target run-desktop-fast to start the desktop version
  4. run the target public on a Windows system to create the exe-installer
project_info/howto_regain_in_an_ide.txt · Last modified: 2014/10/29 10:22 (external edit)