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I just read this. The last patent on the GIF format will expire on Sunday (October 1st, 2006). At long last the GIF format will be free. Of course we should all be using PNGs for everything, but thanks to lackluster IE support that's not always possible.
Welcome back. Last week I introduced a cool new technology we've been working on in SwingLabs, Painters, and described how they work. If you missed the first blog you should go read it now. Don't worry. We'll wait.
I don't usually blog on non-Java topics here, but I thought I'd make a mention of how Windows Vista is improving.
One of the temptations of design is to not show your work until it's ready. Not until every edge is smoothed and every bolt is tightened should anyone be allowed to see it. While this might be okay for paintings or sculpture, in the world of software it often leads to bad APIs. An API is the user interface for other programmers.
One of the great things about my job is that I get to go speak to customers and other groups of Java developers. Even more amazing than the fact that Sun pays me to do this is that people actually show up to listen to me.
Yes the best is yet to come,
and won't it be fine...
Welcome back to the Windows Look and Feel Show!
In this segment we'll dive right into some of the bugs directly. In this series I won't cover all of the bugs because some of them involve structural changes that didn't directly fix visible bugs. For example, the XPStyle class was significantly changed by adding enum support.
Coming soon! Hard hitting, action packed, and full of effects you probably never asked for.
It's Painters Extreme!
Okay, so maybe making a Painter trailer isn't such a good idea. Why do they call them "trailers" anyway, if they come before the movie?