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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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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.

More Navigator fixes, the road from St. Petersburg to Beijing

Posted by timboudreau on September 12, 2005 at 9:29 AM PDT

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.

"Split Class" refactoring?

Posted by timboudreau on September 5, 2005 at 11:06 PM PDT

For a while now, I've been thinking a refactoring I've never seen would be useful.

Zdravstvujte NetBeans 5.0 (yes, 5.0)

Posted by timboudreau on September 2, 2005 at 2:42 PM PDT

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.

A book for anyone who spends too much time in airports

Posted by timboudreau on August 9, 2005 at 8:16 PM PDT

On a trip to Powell's Books in Portland, I picked up a copy of Ursula LeGuin's Changing Planes.

NetBeans tweaks you've probably never heard of

Posted by timboudreau on August 8, 2005 at 2:11 PM PDT

In its rich history, NetBeans has grown various command-line options that affect how some things work or look.