According to EU MP Guy Verhofstadt do, we in Europe, produce 75% of the world vaccines. Yet only 4% of the inhabitants have gotten it.

According to the numbers we should have much more.

You know, I don’t care. I would hope they gave a lot away to countries that cannot afford buying it themselves. Europe bought around 6 vaccines per inhabitant. Which is to f******* much.

I gladly give my first dosis to a risk patient in a country that can’t afford it!!!

Buy local, support your quarantined local shops

Or at least that is the behaviour they are trying to make us do. And so we try, because of course in these Corona times the local shops owned by the little the businessman can use all support they can get. All shops are allowed to do package delivery as long as they are closed for Corona and can do it with respect for social distancing rules.

The problem is most don’t have a website you can order from. You fall back to the local bigger store. I need some have duty tape and permanent markers (total cost 15 €). No small local shop to get that from.

I went on the online shops of the bigger DIY stores. Hubo, Gamma, Brico still somewhat local. The delivery time at these shop varied from 1 to 3 weeks and undeliverable with a base delivery cost of 15 to 64 Euro.

I am all for buying local and keeping the supply chain shorter but seems in Belgium shops just act like retards.

I checked on Amazon, found the tools I needed for 0 delivery cost and it took 5 days, weekend included, to get here.

I wonder why the local shops make it so unfriendly to buy from them…

PS: Turns out it came from an Amazon depot in Belgium. Besos made it somehow a bit local.

Java GUI Managers / Tools

It has been more as 10 years ago I used javax.swing. Recently I had to change something in a Swing application.

I totally forgot how these things worked. If they ever work…. It felt like trying to build a HTML 4 website with <table> elements and frames but worse. Or designing a user interface in an Excel sheet.

As it turns out. I was trying to adapt the current implementation that was created with JFormDesigner. I shouldn’t have tried to adapt the design with it. It destroyed my mood for a whole week.

The designer thingy was a version from 2012 due to the lack of a license for the new version. I attempted to use it. I had to retrieve an intelliJ version 2012 to be able to get it running. ( Or could have used an Eclipse from 2018, but the choice here was obvious… JetBrains! )

Attempting to mingle the new design into the existing one resulted in an even worse user interface than the original, not only for the users eye. But also for the coder. The amount of auto-generated code was absurd, outdated Java 5 or 4 and impossible to adapt yourself. Ok.. one could say, you don’t need to change the auto-generated code in a IDE, you do that with the designer.. but you like to have some sort of clean code, don’t you?

The worst was that for ever label or panel, or row or column you add on the UI manager a bunch of other elements shifted or got cramped into another cell making them teeny tiny small and impossible to select in the Designer tool. Forcing you to go an search for the x,y coordinates and manually change them.

At the near end of the week I almost got so fed up with it I was about to call in sick. But instead decided to throw it all away and started the whole thing from scratch. I should have done that from day one. It would have taken 2 days for the whole thing instead of 6 ( of which 4 wasted). Although I’m pretty sure that the same page in HTML and CSS would take me a half day. ( Ok.. I confess I would need an extra day to rewrite couple of remote EJB calls, but that’s a good evolution. I think we all agree on that? )

The days of Swing Java clients is over. Look ahead to newer tech that has more wide support and can also run on many platforms. Like electron.js for example. Also fat desktop clients that use remote EJB’s are surely not from this time.

Disclaimer: this experience could be triggered by my current knowledge on Java GUI Programming being buried somewhere deep away in my mind.