Well, I have downloaded the source code for NetBeans Platform 6.X, as well as two JDK’s [1.5.0_22 – 64bit, 1.6.0_18 – 32bit] on Windows 7 – 64bit OS. Assuming ANT_HOME, JAVA_HOME set properly and added to PATH.
It’s not necessary that you download the same JDK’s, however it’s necessary to have a copy of JDK 5 and 6. Because some versions of NetBeans code are built using JDK 5, while v6.8 can be built using JDK 6.
Steps To Be Followed
- Extracted the source code of NetBeans Platform 6.X under MyRCP\NbRcp_6X on my OS.
- cd some\path\to\MyRCP\NbRcp_6X
- cd nbbuild
- ant -Dcluster.config=platform build-platform -Dnbjdk.home=”%JAVA_HOME%”
ant -Dcluster.config=platform build-platform -Dpermit.jdk6.builds=true
- Zip the netbeans directory created under MyRCP\NbRcp_6X\nbbuild directory and extract it wherever necessary/version-control the netbeans directory.
There you go, you have build your own RCP. Go, get started by adding the newly built platform in your NetBeans 6.X Platform Manager.