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Blog Archive for tball during September 2006

hack (hăk) n., A non-obvious solution to an interesting problem. This definition is on the front of a tee-shirt I have from O'Reilly Media to promote their Hack Series, which includes one of my favorite books, Swing Hacks by fellow java.net bloggers Joshua Marinacci and Chris Adamson. The reason I like the Hack Series is that even for subjects you know fairly well, these books describe...
It was exciting to read that the JDK sources are now available as a java.net project (admittedly, my life is pretty low-key). Igor Kushnirskiy's blog on accessing the sources using Subversion was very useful, so this looked like a decent trial of the new Subversion support recently added to the NetBeans 6.0 daily builds. I was a little scared between trying pre-alpha software and reading all...
This may seem like ancient history now, but when Swing was first developed the team was sucked into a maelstrom of technical and corporate controversy. The biggest areas of contention were: It must be fully JDK 1.1-compatible, distributable as a separate library; It must make use of the new Java 2D and other interesting features in the upcoming Java 2 release; It had to be part of the core...