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StupidZombie is getting a makeover after a long time

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

After a long time I decided to come back to work again on StupidZombie; The last two years of my life I focused more on my well being and this project lost relevance after I found that only few people were using it and the WordPress program gave me everything I needed to get the pings working.

So the ‘Pinger’ code of StupidZombie will be no longer maintained and is now officially dead; Instead StupidZombie will be a collection of useful applications, all fun and easy to use.

I’m working on the first one of them so stay tuned, more details will be posted on the main website and this blog of course.

–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 :)

StupidZombie wants to send you a Tweet

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Yep, the idea is that when you update your blog that becomes a tweet. No there is always the issue of build vs. buy and on this case I think I rather build functionality on top of existing libraries for StupidZombie. Not very concerned about speed and rather keep the project moving forward.

So which is the best Twitter library for Java out there? Looks like Twitter4J. I’ll give it a try, but that also means I may have to add Cryptography to StupidZombie as the API requires the user / twitter password in order to send tweets. Or maybe not, as the API seems to support OAuth.

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 1.1: Now faster

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Just finished branching StupidZombie 1.1. If you want to take a look on the code (making changes) then do the following:

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svn co https://kenai.com/svn/stupidzombie~source-code-repository/Branches/1.1

So, what’s new? Well, some speedup came for free this time. I decided to upgrade all the major libraries of StupidZombie and some of them have important improvements in term of speed and memory utilization, like the usage of the new class ‘XmlRpcLiteHttpTransportFactory’:

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HashMap <String, Object>result = new HashMap<String, Object>();
XmlRpcClient xmlrpc = null;
XmlRpcClientConfigImpl config = new XmlRpcClientConfigImpl();
try {
config.setServerURL(new URL(BUNDLE.getString(directory)));
xmlrpc = new XmlRpcClient ();
xmlrpc.setConfig(config);
xmlrpc.setTransportFactory(new XmlRpcLiteHttpTransportFactory(xmlrpc));
Object[] params = new Object[]{name, url};
result =
(HashMap<String, Object>) xmlrpc.execute("weblogUpdates.ping", params);

Next update is to fix (once for all) the menu handling in OSX. After that localization is the next milestone!

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!