I wouldn’t normally openly disagree with my husband online – these things are usually best kept private! However a little prodding from him was all I needed to publish my own thoughts.
Matt recently turned comments off for his blog. While I am sure that in his case the change has done no damage – this is not something that can be extrapolated over the wider blogging community.
You might think this post strange for someone who last updated this blog in 2007, but I do have a much more frequently updated food blog – CoffeeMuffins.com. Food blogging is in a completely different, and dare I say it friendlier, world from Tech blogging – especially when it comes to comments.
I rarely feel the need to pass comment on articles I see on the Internet, however I recently read this article on BBC news about the film The Golden Compass.
Bypassing the hatred I feel on calling the film by its name (it will always be Northern Lights to me). The annoyance I felt about this article is summed up by the following quote:
The three-part series culminates in an epic battle in which God dies – at the hand of a child.
Not true. Just not true in the least bit. Yes God dies, but not at the hands of our heroine, more in the arms of our heroine. She is helping him, and doesn’t even know that this angel, is actually God.
Little by little I have noticed the standards of BBC news (especially their website falling), sentences that don’t make sense, spelling mistakes, inaccuracies, were they always this bad? or do I compare the BBC to a rose-tinted version of the BBC, that they never were?
There are a few changes to the source code for JTunesTable, setModel() now works – thanks to KJD.
There is also the changes to the performance of the drawing code – thanks to Mats.
Thanks to all that have been using it so far, and helping me make it better!!
So I have been working on another Java Swing component this week, this time a subclass of JButton. I’ve had a surprising amount of problems with it, mostly because of the strange defaults that Java Swing sets.
Last week I mentioned I had been working on a custom JTable class for Java that looks like iTunes 7. I’ve finally got my act together to clean up the code and write some javadoc so that other people might be able to use it.
Well its been a while, I can’t believe I have been working on iTunesPlayCountCopier(working title) for this long!
The progress I’ve had is really quite amazing for my first project, however my main sticking point has been the ui. I won’t lie, I did a massive refactoring of my code just so I could feel like I had made some progress after weeks of trying to get a JTree to display the way I wanted it to.
My problem being that after working on a Mac for the past 6 months and creating an app based on iTunes data, Java’s user interface just didn’t look as good as I wanted it to. So I decided to write my own Java table view to fix this problem, unsurprisingly named JTunesTable.
Finally I’ve turned a corner with Java SWING. I’ve made it do something pretty and I’m dead proud of it
So in true Matt Gemmell stylee I am going to release the source for all to take a look at, use and comment on, some time in the next week or so.
In the mean time here’s a screenshot of
Hey folks, I guess I won’t bother giving a huge update on all the stuff that has happened between May (my last post) and now. The basics are that I graduated, moved to Edinburgh and have started working.
Wow! I’ve added a Gaming category to my blog!! How times change and i think my tagline is getting more apt by the day…
Finally made the changes to the blog that I meant to do at the very beginning. Now my webpress blog looks a bit more like my original dudelet blog. Maybe one day I’ll do something more daring than changing the tagline and the link and header colours.
On other updates, I have finished my fourth year project. The Dynamic Graphing System is called LDG (Lauren’s Dynamic Graphing System) because it was the placeholder name used in the report, and I never got round to changing it.
I have been offered some summer work at the University, depending on funding, to try and fix the (minor) bugs in LDG so it can be released for research purposes, maybe I’ll change the name to something more interesting then.
Apart from that I have no other firm updates to make, apart from the fact that you can tell it is now officially exam time, as the sun is shining in Glasgow – bloody typical!!
My fourth year project is a Dynamic Graphing System written in Java. It allows users to create network graphs for a given time period and show how that graph changes over a period of time.
At the moment I am calling Lauren’s Dynamic Graphing System, but I really need a good name, a well worded acronym would be cool but I just can’t come up with anything.
So if you’ve got any good ideas they would be very much appreciated, in comments please.