You won't need to commit the MASON source files into your repository, but
your users will need the MASON jar file.

When you compile your project with Netbeans (using the `clean and build'
menu option), it will create a jar of your project inside the `dist/'
directory.  It will also create the directory `dist/lib/' and place a copy
of the MASON jar inside it.

You want to distribute the entire contents of the `dist/' directory to your
users.  When they double-click the jar for your simulation, it will
automatically look inside the `lib/' directory to find dependencies, such

It is possible to use Ant or Maven to package dependencies such as MASON
inside a single jar, so your users only have to worry about one file.  You
could do this in NetBeans by modifying your project's build.xml file
is Ant's version of a makefile), but this isn't easy to do.  Personally, I
just live with putting my dependencies the external `lib' folder.


On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:06 AM, Tschanen Miriam <[log in to unmask]>

>  Hi Siggy,
> Thank you very much for the fast reply! This is a much cleaner approach
> and everything appears to be working perfectly.
> Just to be sure though, when pushing to Git I will need to include both
> projects, as well as the original MASON folder that I linked as "existing
> source" in the master project. Is that correct? Also, how would I go about
> building a deployable file once my simulation is complete?
> Cheers,
> Miriam
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> *Gesendet:* Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015 21:50
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> *Betreff:* Re: Using MASON in an IDE
>   Miriam,
>  I use NetBeans, and I keep things clean by keeping MASON in one project,
> and writing all of my custom code in its own, separate project.
>  In the project where you'll write your own model, right-click on
> "Libraries," select "Add Project," and choose the project you created for
> MASON.  This hooks your project up with a MASON jar but won't clutter your
> source directory.
>  Siggy
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 3:21 PM, Tschanen Miriam <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>>  Dear all,
>> I'm very new to agent-based modeling and am planning to use MASON for a
>> bachelor thesis project. Unfortunately I am having some trouble integrating
>> the framework into an IDE.
>> I tried to follow the Eclipse tutorial linked on the MASON homepage
>> (here: ),
>> but cannot figure out step 5. There is no menu option called "*Create
>> project from existing source*" in Eclipse Luna on Windows 7.
>> I then switched to NetBeans and tried the other tutorial, also linked on
>> the MASON homepage (here:
>> ), which
>> kind of works - I can compile and run MASON from NetBeans. But this
>> approach also dumps a large number of files (including all the tutorials,
>> ReadMes, etc.) directly into my project structure, which is now rather
>> cluttered. Is there no cleaner way to link MASON as a library? I am also
>> worried about portability of the project, my supervisors want to keep track
>> of progress through Github and in the end we would like to deploy the model
>> as a single executable file.
>> I am somewhat familiar with both Eclipse and NetBeans, but I have no
>> experience at all with building and linking complex projects, using
>> makefiles and other such things. I would very much appreciate some pointers
>> on this matter. Either Eclipse or NetBeans are fine by me, as long as I can
>> find a clean and reliable way to use them with MASON.
>> Sincerely,
>> Miriam Tschanen
>  --
>  Ph.D student in Computer Science
> George Mason University


Ph.D student in Computer Science
George Mason University