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Blog Archive for kirillcool during February 2006

Substance look-and-feel has reached the 2.2 release, with a lot of new features and a lot of bugs fixed. The list of new features includes: Zero memory leaks on switching themes / watermarks / ... and switching between Substance and core LAFs Full interoperability with core LAFs Animation on rollover (fade-in / fade-out). Localization and internationalization. Vertical tabs in tabbed panes....
With the release of version 2.2 of Substance look-and-feel scheduled for this Monday, i have started to work on the next version (2.3 code-named Firenze). One of the things i wanted to improve are color themes, and a lot of work has already been done in this area. For now, i want to introduce the concept of "mixed" themes. Substance comes with eighteen core and twenty one plugin themes. The total...
Every time i read one of Bruce Tate interviews (the latest one is right here), i can't help but think that the ferret-hunters think that everybody else is hunting ferrets. I guess that's how the world looks like when you run a consultancy shop for mom'n'dad joints that can't afford their own ferret hunters. I mean, you have a shop that sells ferret-hunting equipment and a guy walks in. Chances...
When i have written the previous entry on aligning menu items in Swing applications, i was blissfully ignorant and thought that the life was good. Thankfully, one of the users of Substance has opened this defect with the following summary - "Menu texts are invisible in RTL orientation". Why, say you. What's that RTL has to do with my application? Turns out that there are four locales that define...
Yesterday BEA has announced that the recently purchased SolarMetric's Kodo persistence engine will be open-source and available under Apache license. Hurray, you think, especially in view of statements such as "Right now, the focus is on supporting the JDO 2 specification and the EJB 3 Persistence specification and offering customers interoperability between the two specs. Both of these...
Winners of NetBeans look-and-feel competition have been announced. Needless to say that I have been pleasantly surprised to see that 31 out of 33 winners have used the Substance module for NetBeans to create their entries (I really liked the entry of Cicero Zandona that used the same watermark as the desktop): All of these have used image-based watermark despite the fact that quite a few other...
A colleague of mine entered our room a couple of days ago and asked me this: can he open a Swing frame from the application server in order to view the request that he got (a pretty big XML string)? Sounds strange, right? So many reasons not do this: What happens with this code in production? Why not use Eclipse debugger, copy the request to XMLSpy and view it there? Why not configure the log...
As mentioned in my previous blog entry, one of the reasons i have started the Flamingo project (release candidate February 13, release February 27, version 1.0 code-named Aoife) was the rather unexpected contribution from the commercial vendor (Rick Jeliffe of Topologi). On one hand, he paid money to his developers to make this component happen (back in 2003, way before Windows Vista integrated...