Friday, August 20, 2004

New excitement in the Agile corner of the ring

Aslak Hellesoy's uncommon sense

Crazy Bob's Mock Objects made easy

Monday, August 16, 2004

Le Cafe Mouse : Java 1.3

Le Cafe Mouse : Java 1.3

This subject would be more appropos here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Step Right Up: The Adventures Begin

Tom's Blog on GridBagLayout
describes how difficult and frustrating it can be using Layout Managers for the first time.

It's equally frustrating when having got used to one type of layout you are now asked to move to another in the interests of integration with other systems. It should be a doddle,they say. Hmmmm !
Effective Layout Management: Magercise 4: Mini Personal Information Manager GUI is a good intro to designing good GUIs without dragging one into the underlying implementation details too much. More power to those who do understand the underlying implementation details but the 80/20 rule applies
here. 80% of the time when designing GUIs you need not know what's happening under the hood.
The frosting is the first step of the cake design-user appreciation interaction. White frosting works for most cake designs. Pirate ships need a lot more ingenuity. Barbie doll cakes with ants on them send a deep message of integrating the diverse interests of a four year old's friends. And so it is with GUI design.
Designing the GUI is like designing the frosting on the cake.
My very first task was to implemnt a Windows feel to the GUI layer. Sun had proovided the Motif, Metal but I don't recall a Windows look and feel.

Currently Apple are getting a look in Enterprise Application Look and Feel, I feel, ;)

This is my Trunk

In here I keep my tools.

Go to and download Eclipse 3.0, arguably the best IDE around.
Rating - 5 clowns

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And to to download Java specifications , the most important being J2SE - the Core Specification.

Somethings this much fun just has to be bad for you.

Up Goes the Big Top

Helter skelter extravaganza that adds new skills to old arts , replacing the conventional with the daring. Electric zany and completely unpredictable.