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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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NetBeans Workshop @ OOPSLA 06

Posted by timboudreau on October 16, 2006 at 12:01 AM PDT

NetBeans architect Jarda Tulach, Rich Unger from Nuance and I will be doing a full day workshop on modular architecture and design, using the NetBeans module system and Platform next week at OOPSLA 2006 in Portland, Oregon.

We hope to provide an interesting day of activity - bring interesting design problems!

Wizard project updates

Posted by timboudreau on September 24, 2006 at 8:33 PM PDT

I spent part of the weekend adding some needed features to the Wizard library on If you need to do wizard-style UIs in Swing, this library makes it pretty easy to do something slick.

The Wizard library now supports JLF-spec summary panels - so you can easily display a final page which lists what the wizard has done.

Stories about John Ponte

Posted by timboudreau on September 9, 2006 at 4:10 AM PDT

I got word this evening that my friend from college, and later colleague at Sun, John Ponte has died. Being stuck in a Seattle hotel room with nothing to do but ruminate, I thought I'd share a few stories about him.

NetBeans Day Seattle - Tomorrow 1PM

Posted by timboudreau on September 5, 2006 at 11:39 PM PDT

NetBeans Day Seattle is tomorrow! You can register here.

"Fishbowl Debate" at NetBeans Day Seattle

Posted by timboudreau on September 2, 2006 at 9:10 AM PDT

We've made some progress on the "unconference" hour at NetBeans Day Seattle - it's sure to be interesting.

Creating a Mini-Unconference - request for ideas

Posted by timboudreau on August 30, 2006 at 4:34 PM PDT

For NetBeans Day Seattle, we have a new entry on the agenda: This Is Not A Conference - basically a mini-unconference in an hour. It's something new, and I'm looking for theme ideas and any other sort of brainstorming on what this should look like.

There is a lot of information on the web about "unconferences" - I'll include some links.

Continuation tooltips for JLists and JTrees

Posted by timboudreau on August 21, 2006 at 2:30 PM PDT

A bit before NetBeans 5.0 was out, I wrote support for completion tooltips for JLists and JTrees for NetBeans' Explorer components.

A really bare-bones platform

Posted by timboudreau on August 13, 2006 at 9:32 AM PDT

My friend Jarda has a NetBeans-based application which uses only the NetBeans module system - i.e. you can use the NB module system to write server-side modular applications or whatever you want.

NetBeans Modules for HTML Authoring

Posted by timboudreau on August 5, 2006 at 2:08 AM PDT

I write tutorials and articles quite a bit. NetBeans is an excellent editor for HTML, but there were a few things missing. So I wrote some modules to plug the gaps.

If you have a development build of NetBeans, you can get any of these from the development build update center off the Tools menu.

The Joy of Generics

Posted by timboudreau on July 22, 2006 at 1:02 AM PDT

Okay, Generics are old news. But since NetBeans was still targetting JDK 1.4 until a few months ago, and most of my coding is NetBeans plug-ins, I'm just starting to really appreciate them.