BeanExplorer is intended to be practical and quick to use solution for many
Java application developers who have nor time nor will to dive into the depth of JavaBeans technology.
With BeanExplorer by taking several simple steps you can turn any JavaBean
(or Enterprise JavaBean) into integral part of your application.
But it is only a part of the picture. BeanExplorer provides universal methodology
on how to develop applications. Organize your classes as JavaBeans and you will be relieved from mundane task
of implementing dialog windows, table views and many other UI elements.
BeanExplorer consists of the three components:
BeanHelpers to implement Java Beans with extended capabilities
Various PropertyInspectors to work with beans at runtime.
BeanInfo Editor to automate the process of writing the beans
according the requirements of BeanExplorer
The following example illustrates the power of BeanExplorer:
BeanInfo Editor itself is based on BeanExplorer and it was
written and tested in three weeks! And this is an estimate for you - you can
develop complete user interface of your application within two or
three weeks! Impressed? Then you should start using BeanExplorer immediately.
BeanHelpers is an extension of JavaBeans technology for defining
beans with advanced capabilities. This extension in conjunction
with BeanExplorer's PropertyInspectors is used to build
applications with sophisticated interfaces.
Specifically the extension allows the developer to:
Implement Simple, Composite and Array properties.
Specify order of the properties in Property Inspectors.
Change behavior of the properties at run time.
Define advanced editors to change values of the properties.
BeanExplorer supplies to the developer powerful Property
Inspectors that significantly reduce number of dialogs and other UI
elements (or eliminate dialogs at all). This makes your application interface
modern and consistent.
From the development perspective usage of any of the Property Inspectors greatly reduces
time of development and code size. All you need is to write the beans
responsible for application logic and possibly some custom editors. >>>
BeanInfoEditor is a visual editor, that
completely supports BeanHelpers technology. It allows the developer to edit
BeanInfo for the bean, customize attributes of its properties, test how the bean
will look in application and generate the code to embed the bean into
The code will include:
Meta information about the bean - BeanInfo
Localization information in associated MessageBundle
BeanExplorer provides new and we dare to say revolutionary methodology of
Organize your classes as JavaBeans and you will be relieved
from mundane task of implementing dialog windows, table views and many others.
JavaBeans are responsible for the application logic, some of the beans can be
also used as GUI components. BeanExplorer provides three different ways to
display and edit property values of the bean:
Classic Property Inspector uses tree-table for displaying and editing
Dialog Property Inspector uses dialog-like representation of hierarchy of
the properties. Pairs 'property name - property value' organized in columns
and laid out in unified manner.
Tabular Property Inspector presents beans in the form of a table where
rows are beans and columns are property values.
Developers can implement beans using either basic mechanism provided
by JavaBeans technology or using advanced mechanism called BeanHelpers.
With BeanHelpers the developers can define backward compatible JavaBeans
that will have many advanced features when they are used with BeanExplorer
tools like "classic", dialog and tabular PropertyInspectors.