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Blog Archive for timboudreau during April 2005

I wrote a prototype replacement for the Wizards API in NetBeans - trying very hard to create something clean and easy to use, especially one which didn't require the user of the API to write any more code than absolutely necessary. It's now a project on java.net and I'd love to get some feedback. The ideas are pretty simple: A wizard does not alter its environment until finish() is called You...
A couple of years ago my friend Petr Nejedly created a handy library he calls INSANE. The reason for the name was, whenever he described the idea to people, they'd say "that's insane!" (but it is now also a cute acronym). What it does is static heap analysis - that is, it writes out every object in the JVM and how they reference each other. INSANE is also useful to diagnose...
I've spent the last week in Brazil, doing some talks about NetBeans, how to write plug-ins, etc. What a lovely country! And so much enthusiasm for Java, open source and NetBeans! Having all this time in airports and planes has given me a chance to work on the new editor hints plug-in for NetBeans. This module provides unobtrusive features in the editor that let you add casts, implement...
(pictures in the blog are from Grenoble, France, where I spent last week helping some folks with NetBeans module projects) A few months ago, I had an idea to write a newsreader plugin for NetBeans. So I looked around for a handy JavaMail NNTP provider. There was one out there, part of a project called Knife, which pointed me at ClasspathX, where I downloaded the sources, tried to build it (...
The folks doing Wicket, possibly the cleanest solution to POJO web apps that I've seen is at release candidate phase - they're looking for feedback. Even if you can't give them feedback, this framework is really worth a look. The two things I find incredibly cool about it are: Both the HTML and Java code needed are as simple as the things they're supposed to do A real component jar - new...