This week's book giveaway is in the Performance forum. We're giving away four copies of The Java Performance Companion and have Charlie Hunt, Monica Beckwith, Poonam Parhar, & Bengt Rutisson on-line! See this thread for details.
I really don't understand the question. I know that a thin client is a client that serves mainly as a GUI, and the server does most of the processing, where in a thick/fat client, most processing is done on the client side to reduce server and network load. What does netbeans has to do with any of this?