Swing links of the week, January 26th

Another week, another Swing links. Thanks to everyone sending me links – please keep it up! Also, at the end of this post I have a request for everyone to help me out, so please be sure to read it!

Here are some links regarding Swing and Java GUI’s you may have missed in the last week:

Swing:

JavaFX:

  • Charles Humble wrote in to let me know that he has an interview with Stephen Chin regarding WidgetFX. I mentioned WidgetFX in last weeks post, but this is another interview, and is a little more in-depth.
  • Announced this week is that jSilhouette has joined the JFXtras project. The JFXtras project is an open effort to fill in the gaps in the current JavaFX library, whereas jSilhouette provides a collection of Java2D shapes that can be used in several modes, and now that it is part of JFXtras, these shapes can also be used in JavaFX. To allow for this immediately, both projects announced new releases.
  • Swing links regular Alex Ruiz made a number of announcements regarding his FEST Java library that provides a fluent interface for functional Swing GUI testing. These include a post on how to test drag and drop in JavaFX using FEST, as well as announcements that the FEST developer team is growing.
  • Jasper Potts has posted a blog discussing how he made the video for Devoxx/Parleys.com using JavaFX.  This post is a good tutorial to anyone wanting to get an understanding of animation in JavaFX, with a lot of code, diagrams, and a Java Web Start link.
  • Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein has posted his first impressions of working with JavaFX, in terms of the language, and the performance of programs written in JavaFX. He writes JavaFX Balls: the JavaFX version of the Bubblemark RIA benchmark, and makes available all related source code.
  • Coming in just before I posted this weeks Swing links, Jim WeaverDean Iverson posted about how to do spotlight effects in JavaFX. As usual, he has included a lot of code samples.

That’s it for another week. Three weeks down, who knows how many more to go! Now that you have an idea of how Swing links is working under my direction, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Am I being too thorough, or not thorough enough? Do I include all the posts you’ve come across, or do I post too many links? Is my analysis too long or too short? I’d love your thoughts, as it’ll let me refine things.

Thanks, and have a great week!

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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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