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Pong: The most truly daft NetBeans plugin ever

Posted by timboudreau on May 31, 2009 at 9:47 PM PDT

One of the first games I ever wrote, circa 1982, was a version of Pong for the TRS-80. Yes, pong - with the two paddles and bouncing ball. Now there's a NetBeans plugin!

I had a pong game when I was in about 3rd grade. It plugged into the black and white TV in the kitchen, had two paddles and one switch for ball speed. The real fun was when the cat would stand up with her paws on the bottom of the screen and try to swat the ball as it went by.

I've been demoing integrating a hex editor into NetBeans for years, to show how easy it is to take a Swing app and turn it into a plugin. It was time for something new. So I spent an hour and wrote a Java pong game - enhancements are welcome.

I'm thinking the demo should be a backward version of the "boss key" those apps that pop a fake spreadsheet up on your desktop whenever your manager walks by so it looks like you're not surfing the net. This is just that, in reversed. It's the "Please fire me" key - press it whenever your boss walks by, and you're obviously spending all your time playing dimwitted video games! There are enough dumb companies and awful programming jobs out there that I think it just might have a market :-)

I'll demo it at our Java University talk tomorrow night - we've now got seven speakers lined up, and it's going to be a load of fun - and I'm trying to get the doors opened for anyone who wants to come, whether you paid for Java U or not (still waiting for the response on that, but I'm hopeful).

And in a totally unrelated development, I was in an elevator today and ran into two colleagues from when I was in Grenoble, France, (still one of my favorite places in the world - although, do not buy reblochon (sp?) cheese, let it sit in a backpack for two days and then open it in a train car and not expect to get dirty looks - it's much less stinky when cooked!) helping out the Real Time Java guys. It seems they've been retasked for some months with creating a really cool JavaFX graphical designer - animation timelines and all. These guys are really good, and I'm looking forward to seeing their work on Tuesday!

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May be you could be interested in reading one of my post "Why not a game distribution on top of NetBeans or Eclipse ?" here: PS: definitively, Grenoble is a good place to be.