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The Definitive Guide to NetBeans™ Platform 7 by Heiko Böck

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C H A P T E R  7

Data and Files

The NetBeans Platform provides a very substantial concept for creating, managing, manipulating, and presenting data. This concept mainly embraces the File Systems API and the Data Systems API. Additionally, there is the Nodes API and the Explorer API. Each of these APIs is located on its own abstraction level. This system can be divided into four levels together with the concrete data outside the NetBeans Platform application, as shown in Figure 7-1.

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Figure 7-1. Architecture for managing data and files within the NetBeans Platform

A data system is initially abstracted using the FileSystem class. Doing so, ...

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