Monthly Archives: April 2009



Last week, I wrote a quick-and-dirty GUI application to help my wife count down the years, months, days, hours and seconds until the end of her professional training.  I’m posting the source code, licensed according to the Apache License 2.0.  This is trivial stuff, and I coded in the most lazy fashion possible (no unit tests, very little thought for reusability, etc), so your mileage may vary.  To be honest, I was kind of reveling in the freedom to be unprofessional.  So much for that ethos of craft I’ve been going on about, eh?  Hey — just like the occasional candy bar, late night bender, or evening spent watching trash TV, the occasional tossed-off project is good for your soul.

However, it does actually work well.  It builds via maven in the usual way, and produces an executable jar as it’s final build artifact, so in true GUI fashion you can double click it to start.   Enjoy.