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Blog Archive for joshy during November 2003

Yes, that's right microwaves are evil. More specifically, the microwave in my office. Or, to get right down to it, the interface on this microwave. You see, it's awful. Just plain awful. And yet, I've seen worse. Here's a picture: You can see that it's a normal looking microwave, a few extraneous buttons above, but not as bad as I've seen. In fact, they did something clever to make it easier...
I've been writing Swing apps for a long time and despite the speed and API improvements I don't think it's gotten better. After reading Chris's latest blog about it I decided that I really need to chime in. Most Swing apps, and there are sadly few, suck. I mean really suck. They are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked! And here's why: Swing apps are slow to build. Building a Swing GUI...
It's been a while since I've written something, so I thought I'd start out with another Swing Hack. This time I've expanded on the overlay idea of SwingHack 3 by adding sort of a magic lens. In this hack the overlaid information can only be seen when the special lens cursor is over it. To pull this off I've created a custom cursor using a buffer image and set it on the glasspane. The buffer...