Dilbert Daily Strip
for IntelliJ IDEA

Compatible with all products except MPS
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Displays the cartoon strip of the day from the dilbert.com website.

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Recent change notes

Version 1.5.0
  • Fix: The plug-in's settings are now editable in IntelliJ IDEA 16 EAP (and in other products built on the same branch of IntelliJ Platform).
  • Fix: The tooltip on the current cartoon strip now shows the correct date once more (instead of "The strip couldn't be retrieved").
Version 1.4.1
  • Fix: The plug-in is now compatible with CLion.
Version 1.4.0
  • Fix: An update to the dilbert.com website broke the plug-in by removing the 'fast' URL.
  • Change: The helpset documentation has been removed as it no longer works (presumably due to changes in the IntelliJ Platform help system).
Version 1.3.3
  • Fix: The toolwindow background colour is no longer explicitly set to white.
  • Fix: The toolwindow button icon is now the preferred 13x13 size.
  • Fix: The plug-in is now compatible with any product built on IntelliJ Platform.
  • Fix: The toolwindow title is now just "Dilbert" rather than "Dilbert Dilbert".
Version 1.3.2
  • Fix: Updated for IDEA 10.5 EAP (no longer bundles commons-httpclient, commons-codec or commons-logging).
Version 1.3.1
  • Fix: The toolbar action buttons are now available in IDEA's "dumb" mode e.g. when indexes are being rebuilt.
  • Fix: The keyboard shortcuts for the toolbar actions now work once more.
Version 1.3.0
  • Fix: A change to IDEA prior to the IDEA 10.0 final release resulted in the plug-in's toolbar often painting incorrectly.
  • Fix: Prevented the circumstances in which the error "Access to realized (ever shown) UI components should be done only from the AWT event dispatch thread, revalidate(), invalidate() & repaint() is ok from any thread" is logged.
  • New: The plug-in's toolwindow is now available in IDEA's "dumb" mode e.g. when indexes are being rebuilt.
Version 1.2.1
  • Fix: A change to the IDEA OpenAPI during the IDEA 8.x EAP phase resulted in the plug-in generating the error "Access is allowed from event dispatch thread only.".
Version 1.2.0
  • Fix: An update to the dilbert.com website broke the plug-in by changing URL formats and no longer sending the HTTP Last-Modified header with replies.
Version 1.1.0
  • Fix: If IDEA is configured to send authentication information to an HTTP proxy then the authentication information is sent pre-emptively, avoiding problems with proxy servers that fail to respond with HTTP status code 407.
  • Fix: The strip is fetched asynchronously rather than synchronously in the AWT event dispatch thread.
  • New: Strips may be scheduled for automatic daily download.
Version 1.0.1
  • Fix: Any anticipated exception caught when downloading the strip results in an 'error' image being displayed rather than the exception being reported to IDEA's log.
  • Fix: Help system typos corrected.
  • New: The 'About' window can now be dismissed with the Esc key, removing any dependency at all on the mouse.
  • New: IDEA's HTTP proxy settings are honoured.
Version 1.0.0
  • Initial release
Love it, can we get a back button though? So you could click back over the past couple of days when you've missed some? Or is the source code on GitHub anywhere?
great plugin, any chance of making an xkcd.com port? i tried, but realized that this one was geared towards gifs not pngs, and i couldnt do it in under 30 mins. Anyway, i will give you the internets to do it =)
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are you using this url? This url is neat and fast.
Fun stuff. Could you make it work with This Modern Life by Tom Tomorrow?
great plugin and keeps me sane with dilbert's wisdom. waiting patiently while you update it to get it working again.
Sorry for the lack of updates... The 'improved' Dilbert site broke things in many ways but another user (thanks, roel!) just pointed me at something that could hopefully even improve the plug-in. Stay tuned...
Didn't realise how much I relied on this plugin until it stopped working when the Dilbert website was updated! :( Any chance there is a fix in the works?
Love it, we use it every day. Can you update it for 6.0x? Thanks so much!
Excellent plugin :-) I-m starting every day using it!
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