SwingLabs provides a variety of awesome components and frameworks. It now brings cool eye-candy effects for your Swing apps.
Recently, the javadesktop.org JDNC forum has hosted some spirited discussion
about using Swing JFormattedTextFields for decimal input/output. I'd written
a blog on a similar topic about 8 months ago and forgotten to actually publish it.
So here it is!
How do you persist your app preferences? In our search to tune startup performance, it would be helpful to know what developers need us to optimize.
Tom describes a way finalizer methods can be used to warn of bad code usage.
Here is how you can show licenses for bundled third-party libraries in a single user-friendly window.
You may have heard of SwingLabs, but how does it relate to Swing? Have you wondered about the contribution process, or why the JCA is required? In this blog I describe the relation between Swing and SwingLabs.
My new article featuring hacks that didn't make it into Swing Hacks.
IntelliJ IDEA 5.0 was released a week ago. Here's how you can set your favourite look-and-feel to make you feel at home.
Fry's is selling Swing Hacks for five dollars with a rebate.
The HackNot blog recently slammed the use of GUI builders; I think that sentiment is entirely wrong. Here's why.
Ever wonder how LCD Text actually works? Or how it uses the RGB striping on LCD monitors? Or what it has to do with Seurat and the pointillist movement of the late 1800's? Check out my new article "LCD Text: Anti-Aliasing on the Fringe" on java.net.
Joshua shows an interesting editor that he wrote
in a few hours to generate stacked image diagrams.
Beginning with a late report of JDIC at JavaOne 2005, this article takes an exploration of missing features in the scope of desktop/Java integration and solicits inputs to prioritize them to enable deeper desktop/Java Integration.
Plastic look and feel looks great but by using some options it can look even better.
Next time, instead of bundling multiple differently-sized versions of the same icon with your application, why not create them with Java2D on the fly?
A really great Internal JFrame hack I ran across.
This is my final JavaOne 2005 report. It's about the final desktop session
on the final day of the conference in which I finally became acquainted with
Bruno Souza and a Puppet named Juggy.
Joshua discusses his experience at the Java One regarding Swing Hacks, free hacks you can download, and the trials of printing books.
Performance of the OpenGL-based Java2D pipeline has improved considerably in recent Mustang builds... And there's still room for improvement. (Pretty chart included...)
Tom explains how a simple classloader can make external library management much easier.