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This document lists changes made to the Templates API. Please ask on the mailing list if you have any questions about the details of a change, or are wondering how to convert existing code to be compatible.

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Fuller descriptions of all changes can be found below (follow links).

Not all deprecations are listed here, assuming that the deprecated APIs continue to essentially work. For a full deprecation list, please consult the Javadoc.

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These API specification versions may be used to indicate that a module requires a certain API feature in order to function. For example, if you see here a feature you need which is labelled 1.20, your manifest should contain in its main attributes the line:

OpenIDE-Module-Module-Dependencies: org.netbeans.api.templates > 1.20

Changes by affected class




Details of all changes by API and date

Templates API

Support for decorating the creation process

Mar 22 '17; API spec. version: 1.9; affected top-level classes: CreateFromTemplateDecorator

In addition to provide CreateFromTemplateHandler which overtakes the template processing, CreateFromTemplateDecorator can participate in file creation doing pre- and post-creation tasks and edits either in the created file or other files.

Maven Archetypes

Nov 1 '16; API spec. version: 1.8; affected top-level classes: TemplateRegistration; made by: jtulach; issues: #268677
One can now create project wizards that create new projects from Maven archetypes. See the how-to for more details.

Support for composition

Apr 23 '15; API spec. version: 1.5; affected top-level classes: FileBuilder; made by: sdedic; issues: #
TemplateHandler may need to create additional files, using the same parameters for creation as a base. Attribute providers may need to be processed in a custom way, which requires to create and manage CreateDescriptor by the client. This change allows to clone information from CreateDescriptor into an independent FileBuilder, and to create a Descriptor out of a Builder.

Support for Technology Ids

Mar 27 '15; API spec. version: 1.4; affected top-level classes: TemplateRegistration; made by: jtulach; issues: #246133

The HTML UI API for Java revision 1.1 supports technolgy identifiers. Now they can be used via TemplateRegistration annotation as well.

Package like Target Chooser for HTML Wizards

Feb 5 '15; API spec. version: 1.3; made by: jtulach; issues: #249891
One can use targetChooser:java to request Java-like target chooser showing java packages.

HTML UI for Templates

Dec 19 '14; API spec. version: 1.2; made by: jtulach
One new attribute page() to allow usage of HTML based UI driven by Java or JavaScript.

Separate template handling

Oct 14 '14; API spec. version: 1.0; made by: sdedic
Template handling need not depend on Data System APIs, should be available for clients that only know FileSystems. Relevant interfaces moved to openide.filesystems.templates module; see javadoc for FileBuilder for details.

Introduce targetName for templates.

Jan 29 '14; API spec. version: 0.99; affected top-level classes: org.netbeans.api.templates.TemplateRegistration; made by: jhavlin; issues: #239028

By default, files created from templates have name preinitialized to "new" + template name. TemplateRegistration.targetName can be used to customize how the file name will be preinitialized.