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The NetBeans Module System

The NetBeans Module System is responsible for managing all modules. This means it is responsible for tasks such as creating the classloader, loading modules, or activating or deactivating them. The NetBeans module system was designed using standard Java technologies, as much as possible. The basic idea for the module format originates from the Java extension mechanism. The fundamental ideas of the package versioning specification are used to describe and manage dependencies between application modules and applications of system modules.

Basic properties, such as the description of a module and the dependencies on another module, are described in a manifest file. This file uses the standard manifest ...

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