Java desktop links of the week, April 9

How’s it going everyone? This is Carl Dea (@carldea) filling in for Jonathan Giles who is/was presenting at JavaOne in Tokyo, Japan. Below are this week’s links of the week. The links aren’t in any particular order except for the first one which is about the amazingly cool Scene Builder tool.

  • Richard Bair (chief architect for the Client Java Platform at Oracle) happily shares the good news about the very cool Scene Builder tool announced during the keynote at JavaOne Tokyo Japan. Here is Oracle’s official site to download the preview release.
  • William Antonio discusses his first impressions of the latest preview release of the Scene Builder Tool.
  • Halfway around the globe Jonathan Giles managed to present at JavaOne and interview Java Champions Jim Weaver and Stephen Chin. (Jonathan’s from the future) :)
  • Manoj Debnath blogs about Animation in JavaFX vs. Flash. Manoj only details JavaFX 2.x and mentions little of Adobe Flash to contrast the two technologies.
  • Java Champion Joshua Marinacci asks kindly if you are a GUI designer or Developer to please take Leonardo Sketch out for a spin (test). Leo Sketch is a full featured vector drawing tool very much like a scene builder tool. I believe the new JavaFX 2 FXML export feature may be available (ask him). It is a great tool for mocking screens, presentations, and more.
  • A nice book review by Jason Lee on the recently released book “Pro JavaFX 2: A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology
  • Java-Buddy (mystery person) creates easy to follow tutorials. Java-Buddy begins to create an app to free draw using the mouse, and a set of tutorials to transform shapes using rotation, translation, scale, and shear.
  • The JavaFX teams released a recent developer preview build of JavaFX 2.2 build b03. It’s nice to see it available for all the major platforms (Windows, MacOS, and Linux). Be on the lookout for the release notes for all the hard work that has been done.
  • Narayan has blogged about form field validation using CSS styling.
  • introjava (aka Gregg Setzer) has posted a Ribbon control to his blog. It would be nice to see this in JFXtras at some point soon!

Well, that’s it for this week I hope you enjoyed the links (I sure did). Keep up the great work! I want to thank Jonathan for allowing me to share with you all about the possibilities on the Java platform especially on the desktop.

-Carl

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Jonathan Giles is a 29 year old software engineer living in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours in Software Engineering, a Masters of Science in Computer Science, and is a Sun certified Java programmer. Jonathan specialises in Java, Swing, JavaFX and Client-Server development.

He is currently the tech lead at Oracle in the JavaFX UI controls team, and a Java evangelist. He also blogs over at the FX Experience blog. Obviously, the opinions expressed here are his own.

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