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Kathy Walrath

Kathy Walrath has worked on the Java platform for 11 years, most of that time as a writer on projects such as The Java Tutorial. She's currently a Swing engineer and the editor of's JavaDesktop community.


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Javadoc: How Do We Improve It?

Posted by walrath on February 6, 2006 at 4:11 PM PST

Ten days ago,
a survey came out
aimed at people who use the automatically generated
API documentation
for the Java platform.
(Many people call this the javadoc,
but, strictly speaking,
that's just the name of the
that produces the API doc.)

Help Wanted: Intern to Spread the Word

Posted by walrath on November 22, 2005 at 4:41 PM PST

The Swing team has a job opening for a half-to-full-time student intern
to help us get the word out about using JavaSE for rich client apps.
Your primary job would be to help us publish a bunch of
Swing Sightings.
Other work, as time permits, could be
working on the

Take the Swing Text Survey (Please!)

Posted by walrath on November 17, 2005 at 12:44 PM PST

I'm posting this for Swing's lead text engineer, Igor Kushnirskiy, who doesn't have a blog of his own (yet!). Here's what Igor has to say:

One of the most wanted Swing bug fixes is for 4296022 [html4.x support within a
JEditorPane]. We are planning to resolve this problem in the Dolphin
(J2SE 7.0) release.

Now Hiring

Posted by walrath on September 26, 2005 at 5:00 PM PDT

The client group in Java SE-land is looking for someone smart
enough to automate themselves out of a
good job
— and into an even better one.

The Java Tutorial: Updated at Last!

Posted by walrath on February 17, 2005 at 12:40 AM PST

Almost a year since its last revision,
The Java Tutorial has been updated again.
Most of the changes are in the basic trails —
the ones all new programmers might need.
But even if you're not a beginner
(actually, especially if you're not)
the Tutorial team would like your feedback on the new stuff.

Want to Write for a Living?

Posted by walrath on November 15, 2004 at 11:04 PM PST

Writing for developers is a rewarding job
if you're interested in technology and enjoy playing with words.
You're constantly learning,
you get to practice the craft of writing,
and you can make a real difference for developers.

Don't miss the Swing chat!

Posted by walrath on November 8, 2004 at 9:06 AM PST

The chat has already occurred, and a
is now available.