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Kirill Grouchnikov

Kirill Grouchnikov has been writing software since he was in junior high school, and after finishing his BSc in computer science, he happily continues doing it for a living. He is currently working as a senior software developer in a large corporate environment and would like to share his views on the Java community, trends and code writing experience.


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Substance module will not be supported in NetBeans 6.0

Posted by kirillcool on June 19, 2007 at 9:17 PM PDT

It saddens me to say this, but Substance module for NetBeans, which allows you to play with all the available themes, watermarks, skins, and even set an arbitrary image as the IDE watermark (a feature that was used extensively in the NetBeans look and feel contest about a

Moving on

Posted by kirillcool on June 14, 2007 at 10:37 PM PDT

After more than two years with, it's time to start with my own domain. So, you're welcome to subscribe to the RSS feed of Pushing Pixels, which will be my primary blog from now on. For starters, it has two posts:

Java 6, Mac OS and Substance

Posted by kirillcool on June 7, 2007 at 6:37 PM PDT

The topic of Apple being late to release the final JDK 6.0 for Mac is being discussed on the web in the past few months (see here, here,

Licenses in ten words or less

Posted by kirillcool on June 7, 2007 at 8:48 AM PDT

Following my yesterday's entry on the letter and spirit of software licenses, i started thinking about translating the intent into the words. Some manage to do it in a few sentences, some require sizeable chunks of Amazon forests to be printed.

Software licenses, the letter and the spirit

Posted by kirillcool on June 6, 2007 at 6:00 PM PDT

Some of you most probably have heard about the latest round of "Microsoft against open source".

Removing functionality from a stable API

Posted by kirillcool on June 1, 2007 at 8:51 PM PDT

For the past year, Substance has been a fairly popular and stable project, making the top ten lists in hits and accesses for most of the months (even given the presence of the such heavy hitters as JDK, Looking Glass and AppFuse).

Listening to the users part III - theme transitions

Posted by kirillcool on May 31, 2007 at 9:31 PM PDT

It all started with a simple request - have Substance not paint rollover state on buttons.

BugParade, Iconistan and the proverbial lipstick on a pig

Posted by kirillcool on May 18, 2007 at 9:34 AM PDT

It's not a big secret that a lot of people hate BugParade. It was great 10 years ago, but it's still stuck there, with complete lack of transparency, arcane voting and comment system and quite a few other problems.

JavaOne - it's all about the people

Posted by kirillcool on May 14, 2007 at 12:02 AM PDT

I went to JavaOne 2005, and my impressions back then were not very favorable. Much has changed since then (well, we still had a few cheap applauses at the opening keynote), and this year it has been a much more pleasurable experience.

Bringing life to Swing desktop applications - all you need to know

Posted by kirillcool on May 13, 2007 at 8:43 PM PDT

You might have seen the teasers (first and second), and now it's the time for all the links.