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I’ts been a loong time

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

I closed StupidZombie one year ago. A lot of things have changed since a lot since then:

  • I have a precious daughter and my older son is 6. Time travels fast..
  • Sun Microsystems is no more, Oracle took over. In the process they killed Kenai.com
  • JavaFX is now an API and not a separate language. That makes it easy to integrate with Java. Oh, and Swing is officially deprecated now.
  • I weight 35 pounds less and have finished 3 half marathons since then. Also just 11 weeks away from my first marathon
  • Several supported sites doesn’t exist anymore: VeneBlogs.com, To2Blogs.com. R.I.P

StupidZombie was my excuse to learn new technologies and put them to use; It served its purpose and now I feel it is time to pick it up and try new things, using it as a base to learn new things.

Some of the technologies / tools that I want to try now:

* Git (Yes, move over Subversion)
* Graddle (Yes, move over Maven)
* JavaFX (Yes, move over Swing)

So that’s it for now. Expect next post to have more substance.

–Jose

StupidZombie 1.1 finally released

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

To all fans of StupidZombie, version 1.1 is finally out!. This release contains both important bug fixes, is faster and also adds new features.

Please download and enjoy.

José.

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A todos los fanaticos de StupidZombie, la versión 1.1 al fin fué liberada. Esta entrega contiene correcciónes importantes, es más rápida y también contiene nueva funcionalidad.

¡Por favor baje la nueva versión y espero que la disfrute!

José.

Working on bugfixes for 1.1

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Found more bugs and they are not pretty (well which bug is it ;)). So I’m still working on cleaning up all those bugs, making sure the application works as expected.

I think the 1.1 release is just one week away, so stay tuned!

Thinking ahead: StupidZombie 1.2

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Yeah, release of 1.1 is one feature away and I’m thinking ahead for the 1.2 release; This one will be more focused on GUI improvements than anything else, no more functionality. Besides profiling the application with Yourkit, I plan to polish the Swing GUI by using Swing Explorer.

A quick preview of what is coming:

Use Nimbus!

Nimbus is beautiful, but will require some customizations. Good thing is that is based on Synth and everything can be tweaked using UIManager.

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		for (LookAndFeelInfo laf : 
			UIManager.getInstalledLookAndFeels()) { 
			    if ("Nimbus".equals(laf.getName())) { 
			         try {
						UIManager.setLookAndFeel(laf.getClassName());
					} catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
						// TODO Auto-generated catch block
						e.printStackTrace();
					} catch (InstantiationException e) {
						// TODO Auto-generated catch block
						e.printStackTrace();
					} catch (IllegalAccessException e) {
						// TODO Auto-generated catch block
						e.printStackTrace();
					} catch (UnsupportedLookAndFeelException e) {
						// TODO Auto-generated catch block
						e.printStackTrace();
					} 
			    } 
			}

JavaFX GUI?

Very likely. Here I will try to come with something that looks totally awesome, less “Swingy” :). Still, the old GUI will be supported so you will have two flavors of it. Let’s see how that goes, but I expect it to be a combination of Swing + JavaFX.

More localization?

I’m thinking seriously to add more languages to StupidZombie. If the audience is global then it should, right?

OK, too much thinking, time to do some coding instead :)

Finished adding online manual browsing using default browser

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Using Java Desktop object I enabled this functionality for the 1.1 release. Now is time to code other features.

StupidZombie Blog has a new look and feel!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Finally I got some time to do something about the look and feel of the WordPress template. I cannibalized the default WordPress template and made some minimal changes (that way I made sure it was compliant with WordPress standards). Looks good and will be improved over time for now at least the website and the Blog look more consistent!

To give something back the community I also made this a downloadable WordPress theme (it will take some time to get it added to the WordPress website, so I made a link to the Kenai.com site.). It is also on Subversion on the 1.1 branch (under website/blog/wordpress/themes).

Enjoy!

Softpedia shows some love to StupidZombie!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Brain eaters, rejoice!:

Congratulations,

StupidZombie, one of your products, has been added to Softpedia’s database
of software programs for Mac OS. It is featured with a description text,
screenshots, download links and technical details on this page:
http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/StupidZombie.shtml

The description text was created by our editors, using sources such as
text from your product’s homepage, information from its help system, the
PAD file (if available) and the editor’s own opinions on the program
itself.

“StupidZombie” has been tested in the Softpedia labs using several
industry-leading security solutions and found to be completely clean of
adware/spyware components. We are impressed with the quality of your
product and encourage you to keep these high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that StupidZombie is clean, we have granted it with
the “100% FREE” Softpedia award. To let your users know about this
certification, you may display this award on your website, on software
boxes or inside your product.

More information about your product’s certification and the award is
available on this page:
http://mac.softpedia.com/progClean/StupidZombie-Clean-57902.html

Thanks fo the people of Softpedia :)

StupidZombie user manual is online

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The StupidZombie user manual is online now. Is a work in progress but now users will have a quick way to get familiar with all the features the program has to offer.

Suprises from JavaOne: StupidZombie is now available at the Java store

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Java store and StupidZombie

Java store and StupidZombie


Sun Microsystems (or should I say Oracle ;)) unveiled their strategy for Java apps. The project (code named Vector) is an application store, similar to the Apple store but with the potential of being bigger and oriented to desktop applications:

The Java Warehouse is the repository for Java and JavaFX applications submitted by developers for distribution through the Java Store to hundreds of millions of desktops worldwide.

Right now the offer a private invitation and I luckily got accepted to try their beta program. And guess which application will be part of the Java store?

Dear Jose V Nunez Z,

Congratulations! Your application to the Java Warehouse was reviewed, and you have been approved. You may now start submitting your applications at the link below.

Developer Dashboard »
Please do not reply to this email, as this is an automated email which no person monitors. If you have questions, please refer to the FAQ page.

Sincerely,
The Java Warehouse Team

Very excited, I hope that people will get interested in the application and will start requesting features. Right now I’m working out some Icon details but as soon is ready I will post the link of the application at the Java store so you can play with it.

StupidZombie world domination!

Beta of stupidzombie website is available now!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

OK undead minions, is time to kick the tires of the website. The URL (for now, before we move it to the stupidzombie.com domain) is here.

Again, I will quote Romney on what kind of work he did for the website:

Hi Everyone,

How are you doing? I’d like you to meet Blockhead.

If you have a moment please check out the site that I am building for StupidZombie.com

This was a recent final project for my web design class that I had the great opportunity to work with a real client on. Its still little rough to go “live” yet. I need to get with the owner of StupidZombie about integrating my design with his blog page and a few of the other database links I don’t have access to.

I did do all the branding for StupidZombie myself, including their new mascot, “Blockhead,” based on what the client wanted and competitive analysis of the market. This branding was very much liked and approved by the owner of StupidZombie. You can see his current page here.

I’d appreciate any and all feedback. Especially any compatibility issues you may have with your browser of choice. Also if you can check it out before Thursday I’d appreciate it as part of my last lab is to do a tracking analysis on the traffic to the site.

Thank you from me and Blockhead.

Romney

Great work from Romney. Please visit it and make sure you leave your comments. Tell us what you like, what you don’t and how it can be improved.

Enjoy!