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Tim Boudreau

Tim Boudreau had his first startup when he was 13, and has been hooked since, with brief departures to play rock and roll, write and play music and do graphics and photography. He is the coauthor of NetBeans, the Definitive Guide from O'Reilly and Associates. Tim was part of the team that open sourced NetBeans, Sun Microsystems' Java(tm) development environment, and currently work as a developer on that project. Originally from Massachusetts, he lives in his adopted home city, Prague, Czech Republic.


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Everett Hafner, a belated eulogy

Posted by timboudreau on January 12, 2006 at 11:30 PM PST

I was just reading Richard Feynman's essay Arlene, about the loss of his wife - written with a combination of wit, love, seriousness, practicality and a real sense of loss. That and another conversation and it made me think of one of the most fascinating people I ever knew.

Of saxophones, westerns and the sense of beauty in programming

Posted by timboudreau on January 9, 2006 at 9:41 PM PST

(I wrote this a few months ago, but delayed pubishing it so as not to implicate the tech tip author I mention)

Today I read a Swing tips entry which had some spectacularly bad advice in it - replacing the AWT EventQueue as a way to do something trivial you can do without altering the guts of the entire windowing toolkit.

Desafio NetBeans - the plugin contest - postcards from Brazil II

Posted by timboudreau on November 25, 2005 at 8:31 AM PST

I'm here in Brazil to kick off the Desafio NetBeans, the NetBeans plug-in writing contest. A training company down here, that I've worked with, GlobalCode is running the contest, and Sun is supplying the prizes - three expense-paid trips to the JavaOne conference in San Francisco in May.

Simply insanely cool...

Posted by timboudreau on November 21, 2005 at 6:05 PM PST

I'm still having way too much fun writing the extensible Gimp-like image viewer tutorial code (well, if I keep this up I'm just going to have to admit that it's taking on a life of its own...).

And I write a lot of random logging code that looks like:

doSomething (rect.x, rect.y, rect.width, rect.height);

Try this in NetBeans 5.0: Open the options window, go to Edi

NetBeans in Budapest

Posted by timboudreau on October 20, 2005 at 5:56 AM PDT

(Yes, buried in here is a link to a new cool NetBeans tutorial...)


Follow-mode for NetBeans?

Posted by timboudreau on September 20, 2005 at 12:51 PM PDT

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

And another new NetBeans plug-in...

Posted by timboudreau on September 20, 2005 at 1:44 AM PDT

A few people have mentioned that they would like to see better support for managing import statements in NetBeans.

Sate yourself with the NetBeans developer FAQ...

Posted by timboudreau on September 17, 2005 at 11:30 AM PDT

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).

Patterns, Schmatterns

Posted by timboudreau on September 16, 2005 at 2:36 AM PDT

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.

Usages tree view for NetBeans

Posted by timboudreau on September 13, 2005 at 8:38 PM PDT

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.