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.
(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.
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.
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
(Yes, buried in here is a link to a new cool NetBeans tutorial...)
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
A few people have mentioned that they would like to see better support for managing import statements in NetBeans.
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).
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.
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.