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Blog Archive for kirillcool during February 2008

The lack of support for translucent and shaped windows has been a subject of quite a few complaints about AWT and Swing. This has finally been addressed in the latest 6u10 build. Here is how a translucent window looks like: And here is a shaped window: And here is a translucent and shaped window: For more (unofficial) information on where these APIs are located and how to use them, click...
It gives me great pleasure to announce the official release for version 3.0 of Flamingo component suite (code-named Deirdre). The goal of this project is to provide a small and cohesive set of powerful UI components that allow creating modern applications that provide visual functionality similar to or superseding that of Vista Explorer and Office 2007. The components provide consistent visuals...
The ribbon component is one of the major parts of the Flamingo component suite. It is a Swing component that provides capabilities of Office 2007 Command Bar, and the detailed documentation has been updated to show the latest visuals, APIs and terminology of the ribbon component. Here, i will show a few screenshots that illustrate the ribbon functionality. The following screenshot shows a sample...
I guess i wasn't very focused in yesterday's entry, paying too much attention to the details of the specific puzzle and not emphasizing my main point (or as Chris defined it the "money quote"). I'll try to rectify it here, bringing together my thoughts on the subject of evolving Java as a language. First, let's start with the code from Neal's entry. Here is the relevant part:    ...
Neal Gafter has posted the first closures puzzler. I guess the second edition of Java Puzzlers is in works, and closures will be a hefty addition to the book. If anything, this makes me really sad. I was very excited to lay my hands on the first edition, but after reading through a few chapters, i skimmed the table of contents, glanced at the visual illusions and never came back to it. If i had...
It gives me great pleasure to announce the official release for version 4.2 of Substance look-and-feel (code-named Memphis). The list of new features includes: Support for native text rendering in the Bramble plugin. Support for component colorization with the new SubstanceLookAndFeel.COLORIZATION_FACTOR client property. Font policy for KDE desktops. More streamlined visuals of arrow buttons for...