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I like Netbeans. More than Eclipse. More than XCode.

At work, I deal with multiple departments, each with their own set of code that is represented in Netbeans as 10-20 Projects. Since I switch between departments very frequently (multiple times a day), I currently have all of the projects open.

This kind of sucks (Open-Project-Wide search being one of my oft-used utilities).

Does anybody have any advice for dealing with these sets (switching between them quickly)?

Thanks

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I know it's not entirely helpful, but Eclipse's concept of "Working Sets" is exactly this. You might see if NetBeans has something similarly named, or reevaluate Eclipse. –  Darth Android Oct 18 '12 at 20:33
    
Googling "Netbeans Working Sets" Led me to this: envyandroid.com/archives/142/project-groups-in-netbeans which is EXACTLY what I was looking for :) Thanks so much. Please create an answer including this link (they're called Project Groups in Netbeans), and I'll Accept it as correct :) –  Cody S Oct 18 '12 at 20:38

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NetBeans has a feature called project groups which should provide you what you're looking for.

If you right-click on the Projects pane and select Project Group, there is a menu option called New Project Group... which will allow you to create a new group.

There are multiple ways to define a project group:

  • You can create a "Free Group" that is either initially empty or based off of your currently open projects. You can manually add or remove projects from this group later, as needed.
  • You can create a group around a "Master Project", which will include that project and all the projects that it depends upon
  • You can create a group around a folder on disk, which will include any projects that NetBeans finds within that folder.

Eclipse has a similar feature, called "Working Sets", which provides the same functionality. I'm not sure what Xcode has to manage this, and with Visual Studio you just open a new copy for each solution you want to work with.

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