Once again a group of Canooies and Friends joined together on a Friday night to write open source code and contribute back to the software community. By any measure, the April Hackergarten was a large success!
The group developed and released 3 Plugins to the Griffon Framework, an open source Groovy and Swing desktop application framework. The plugins were:
- JTreeMap – An interesting take on tree visualizations based around the JTreeMap component.
- Notify – A perennial hackergarten favorite, this adds nice alpha blended desktop announcements to Ubuntu, Windows, and MacOSX.
- Oxbow – A mature project to standardize common task dialogs, an area Microsoft excels in but Java is just catching up with.
We also got a good start on a 4th plugin (DockingFrames), but there was just too much work to do and we’ll try to finish and release in the next few weeks.
I learned a lot about Griffon plugin system. never thought how easy plugin developement for Griffon is. Also learned some more stuff about git and about using Intellij IDEA with griffon.
At Hackergarten I learned how easy and fun the development of a standalone application can be using Griffon. In just a few steps you are able to get something working, avoiding the painful process of setting up a build tool. I liked the use of the pomodoro technique during the evening, when used in team it helps avoiding that only one developer is doing all the steering.
It’s amazing to see what you can achieve spending just a few hours in hackergarten: Before the last event Griffon was completely unknown to me – now I am an official contributor of that project. And besides that I had a great evening with beer and pizza and some nice people.
The second Hackergarten was great! Not only did I learn Griffon, I had the best teacher in the world, project lead Andres Almiray himself! Working together with such talented people, as Hackergarten brings together, is sheer joy. Actually contributing to the open source community, seeing your stuff used by others, is just cream on top! I can’t wait until the next Hackergarten!
The next two Hackergarten nights are on the road. If you’d like to join the fun then swing by or join the mailing list:
- 19 May – GR8 Conference Copenhagen
- 2 June – Jazoon Conference Zurich