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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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How to start writing apps for TiVO in NetBeans, in 5 minutes or less

Posted by timboudreau on February 4, 2005 at 1:07 PM PST

folks have a Java SDK for writing
applications that run on a TiVO (well actually the code runs on the server, and
the visualization happens on the user's TV), along with a simulator that lets
you run and debug applications on your computer.

JNN just got prettier (at least on the mac)

Posted by timboudreau on February 4, 2005 at 11:26 AM PST

Having a couple evenings to kill in a hotel room, and needing to do a bit of coding to keep myself sane, I wrote some UI and keyboard usability improvements to JNN, James Gosling's RSS reader (screenshot in blog).

NetBeans on the Road

Posted by timboudreau on February 3, 2005 at 7:07 PM PST

So I moved from Prague to California. And I had this car in Massachusetts. What better way to get it to California, than to drive, with lots of stops to demo NetBeans for people?

It's been an interesting trip - thus far I'm in Dallas, Texas.

Culture shock

Posted by timboudreau on January 9, 2005 at 2:05 AM PST

A lot of folks know me as Mr. NetBeans - in 1999, I'd been working as a contractor for a bunch of years, had backpacked through Prague and liked it, and found a job ad on from a tiny little company in the Czech Republic called NetBeans.

NetBeans 4.0 is out and it rocks!

Posted by timboudreau on December 20, 2004 at 9:44 AM PST

Javapolis was clearly a great show to be at - I wish I'd had more time to see more of it, not to mention Antwerp in general.

NetBeans now has Mac-friendly key bindings

Posted by timboudreau on September 8, 2004 at 1:37 PM PDT

I just committed some changes to NetBeans key bindings handling, so that mac users will get key bindings that are much more like other mac apps (no change for Windows or Linux users).

Specifically what's different:

  • Ctrl -> Command - everything that normally maps to Ctrl will use the Command key instead, except where that's impossible (Command-H always hides the app, Comm

Have you hugged your Jini developer lately?

Posted by timboudreau on September 1, 2004 at 10:11 AM PDT

It's always tempting to write software to be intelligent - it makes us look intelligent! And if you can do it well, you can make a lot of money. But in intelligent software, there are hidden perversities - sometimes it's going to make assumptions that are wrong, either hilariously or disasterously, and the probability of that goes up with the complexity of the software.