What next? (I want you to participate)

I want you to participate. I think I'm done with the SwingWorker entries, so I will post a summary during this week to condensate all recommendations (and some third-party interesting links too). So I'm thinking on what to do next. And I want you to participate.

I don't have too much spare time to do open source, but I am thinking of spending a little bit of time on a new one. Since we are in the Participation Age I thought it could be a good idea to share my ideas with you so that you can influence me. And I want you to participate. Please. Do me that favour. At the moment these are my suggestions:

  • Build "BeanInfo" for all those beans at the JDNC Swingx project. That way we will be able to use Swingx components in our preferred GUI builder (mine is NetBeans, I assume Eclipse's VE will accept third-party external JavaBeans too). I need to talk to JDNC people in advance to verify nobody is working on it, so that there's no duplication of effort.
  • Build some sort of little "Task Manager" to visually appreciate all those running SwingWorkers in the background, otherwise invisible. Something similar to the "Download Manager" window of Mozilla or Firefox, that shows all running (or finished or cancelled) operations and their progress.
  • Build a little application that reads graphics files (PNG, JPG and the like) and is able to do some simple transformations on those, using Java2D. I need something like that so that my father (that runs Linux) doesn't have to fight GIMP 2.2 (which is really unusable).
So, what do you think? Which of the above is your preferred one? Have you any other cool idea you could suggest? I want you to participate! Please send me an email or write a comment with your preferences and or suggestions. I will greatly appreciate those.

Thanks in advance,
Antonio

Comentarios:

The last 2 are the most intriguing to me, but thinking on it still!

Enviado por Jeffrey Olson en septiembre 11, 2005 a las 11:17 AM CEST #

the last one(item 3) is more illusioned and really deserved to do.
Please blog the processtion at the flood, aha!

Enviado por pprun en septiembre 11, 2005 a las 12:50 PM CEST #

Thanks Jeffrey and pprun for your suggestions. I'm also thinking of it ;-).

pprun, I understand translating Chinese to English is difficult, but what would you know about the floods? (I'm thinking of blogging about that too)

Enviado por Antonio en septiembre 12, 2005 a las 01:04 PM CEST #

floods? oye, guess i need to learn a few more langauges sometime =|

Enviado por Jeffrey Olson en septiembre 12, 2005 a las 04:59 PM CEST #

I really like the second idea. The third one is appealing, too, but has already been done. In fact, I discovered ImageJ only yesterday while looking for something else.

Enviado por Thomas Horstmeyer en septiembre 13, 2005 a las 08:57 PM CEST #

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for your advice. I am currently evaluating Digikam and, well, I'm just impressed. I didn't know about Digikam in Linux. My dad will be indeed happy with this (high usability: no need to handle user directories but albums instead, ability to easily import URL images, great!!!).

Cheers,
Antonio

Enviado por Antonio en septiembre 14, 2005 a las 01:55 AM CEST #

SwingWorker Task Bar, please! Java desktop needs a component to display status of multiple background tasks. I really like the way KDE's KMail implemented such a component. They have a progress bar which displays cumulative progress (maybe indeterminitate if any of the bg tasks are indeterminate). You can expand the cumulate progress bar to display a progress bar and a cancel button for each individual task.

Enviado por Nicholas Sushkin en septiembre 20, 2005 a las 12:53 PM CEST #

Maybe you could combine efforts with me to create an OpenOffice Blog plugin? Preferably it would use the UNO APIs and JAX-RPC to communicate with Blogger, java.net, or even blogs.sun.com blog hosts.

Enviado por John O'Conner en septiembre 22, 2005 a las 02:45 AM CEST #

Hi!

I'm afraid I know nothing about UNO APIs, John :-(. So I'm afraid I'd be of little help in the project. I'm interested in learning those, though, since they seem to be a powerful, portable GUI toolkit. Maybe I join you in the future.

Nicholas, I've heard your request. I'm working on it (on a low priority thread, though).

Cheers,
Antonio

Enviado por Antonio en septiembre 25, 2005 a las 03:33 AM CEST #

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