I admitted defeat in using netbeans for doing anything useful. I tend to waste my time trying to fix the colors so that I can read the code, and that if I didn’t get totally frustrated from simple actions not happening as expected. Simple things like dependencies between maven modules should be happening automatically. If you used intelliJ’s idea and set auto-compilation to true, and change a class in one module, it will automatically build the dependent modules and fire errors if necessary.
For their credit they have a very good core integration with maven. However, features are not finished nicely all the way to the end. I really don’t know if the project is losing volunteers and that’s why it is adequately tested or it is being steered to the death path to be replaced by an even slower and worse project aka JDeveloper.