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Blog Archive for timboudreau during September 2005

I've been playing with creating "follow-mode" for NetBeans - essentially the ability to have a multi-column editor, emacs-style. Is that a thing anybody wants? I've written some (admittedly crude) patches that do the very basics; doing it right would be considerably more work (lots of little things like making sure you can't have two selections, eliminating duplicated decorations, etc.)....
A few people have mentioned that they would like to see better support for managing import statements in NetBeans. Having the flu gave me plenty of time to code this weekend...so, here is a module that does that. There are some bells and whistles still to be added - like using wildcard imports if the number of imports from a single package exceeds some threshold number. But still, right now...
Okay, the first half of that title is from a package of cashews I bought in a supermarket in Beijing. I had dinner in a restaurant the other night, where, on the menu was a dish called "The Tile Pot Loves the Fatty Intestine" (I'm afraid I didn't order it). Nothing like a good mistranslation. As I mentioned above, I've been feverishly growing the NetBeans Developer FAQ for plugin authors -...
Andreas Schaefer writes an interesting blog about design patterns. I don't agree completely. Everyone uses patterns. But getting excited about it is a little like getting excited about the fact that I breathe through my nose. Anyway, it's good to read some free thinking on this subject. It's one of those things where a whole cadre of people will thwack you over the head for not "getting it"...
Well, I am shamed - some months ago I mentioned that I'd started work on a Usages Tree view for NetBeans. I started on the project, and shelved it with the hundreds of other weekend coding projects I have. Someone recently mentioned this on JavaLobby - and that the plugin had never appeared. So last night I wrote it, and you can download it here. AFAIK it's solid, but I wrote it from start to...
St. Petersburg is a beautiful city! Other than the nightly battles with mosquitos in my hotel room, the trip was excellent. I spent a week meeting with engineers who are working on NetBeans plugins, and finally got to meet a lot of people I'd conversed with via email. We've got a great group of folks there. Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg at sunset Saturday, my friend Martin Ryzl, the...
For a while now, I've been thinking a refactoring I've never seen would be useful. Tell me if it's a good idea, or if it just means my style of coding is too chaotic and I'm crazy :-) I'll take a concrete case: When I was developing the new Output Window for NetBeans, I had a class that represented an output buffer, with methods for reading/writing data, getting offsets and line counts, etc....
Zdravstvujte - huh?? It's my best attempt at converting the formal form of "hello" in Russian into the western alphabet. I am leaving tomorrow for St. Petersburg, to give some talks on NetBeans 5.0 and module development there. If you're a developer and interested in NetBeans and in St. Petersburg, let me know! The next release of NetBeans will be called 5.0, not 4.2. What's in a...