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Of saxophones, westerns and the sense of beauty in programming

Posted by timboudreau on January 9, 2006 at 9:41 PM PST

(I wrote this a few months ago, but delayed pubishing it so as not to implicate the tech tip author I mention)

Today I read a Swing tips entry which had some spectacularly bad advice in it - replacing the AWT EventQueue as a way to do something trivial you can do without altering the guts of the entire windowing toolkit. I posted a rather strenuous reply saying "You really, really, really don't want to do that."

After I wrote it, I had some shopping to do. As I drove, I found myself thinking - there was a time when I would have been on the opposite side of that argument. That got me thinking about how one