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Blog Archive for joconner during October 2005

I recently discovered Sudoku and decided I'd use NetBeans 5.0 to develop a Java version of the game. I thought it would be a good way for me to play with the latest NetBeans and its new GUI layout tool called Matisse. Turns out Matisse is easy to use, and seems to do the right thing most of the time. However, I do not like IDEs that generate code that is surrounded with "Do not edit this section...
Patience, patience...good things can't be rushed. But we're not so far away from the conference, and I'm ready to create my session schedule. Unfortunately the schedule isn't posted...we don't know who will speak or when. We don't know the topics or keynotes...but I'm sure it's all on its way. One other little note...the session schedule won't be translated into English. That's what I hear...
Just a little surprised, I got an answer to my faxed contributor agreement within two days. I had heard of unanswered faxes lingering, perhaps unseen or forgotten, for as long as a couple months...but that isn't my experience. With my new contributor status, the next part is to hunt down a bug. There's a little catch...I don't have a MS Visual Studio environment. Does that prevent me from...
Two days ago I faxed my contributor agreement to gain "contributor" status for the Mustang project. This step is necessary to fully participate in Java SE 6 (Mustang) development. Those Mustang guys have lots of work on their hands, so it's still way too early to expect a response. Speaking of "expectations," the participation instructions don't mention how long it should take to gain contributor...
If you're new to this particular blog thread, let me review. First, Sun has invited everyone to participate in Mustang development. Take a look at the java.sun.com site...invitations everywhere to participate. Second, I'm experimenting with the invitation in public via this blog. I'm following the steps to become a contributor to the Mustang project. Third, hopefully I'll be able to submit a bug...
I downloaded the source and binaries over the weekend, took a look around, and have decided that yes I do actually want to continue this experiment. I want to make a contribution to the product. I want to fix a bug. However, downloading the code is just the beginning of the process. Like any good adventure game, contributing to Mustang requires that I find and engage the gatekeeper, perform an...