Java desktop links of the week, June 22

Another busy week, especially in JavaFX land. I hope everyone is settled back in to work after the JavaOne distraction, and that conference-driven development can be forgotten for another 9 months. On with the news.

General

  • Congratulations goes to Alex Ruiz, author of the FEST testing software, on the news that he and his wife had a baby girl this week. This is Java desktop related news only as it has already been decided that Colette will be a Java desktop developer in 20 years time.
  • Josh Marinacci posted a FAQ for the Java Store.
  • Often times when you present time to users, it doesn’t need to be precise. This is becoming more popular, especially on the web. If you want to have similar output for your users, look in to PrettyTime, which is an LGPL3 library designed to display human-readable timestamps like, “right now”, “2 days ago”, or “3 months from now”.

Swing

JavaFX

Groovy/Griffon

  • Andres Almiray posts about the latest FxBuilder, which has support for JavaFX 1.2, including the new controls, charts, etc.
  • Why do we need JavaFX when we have Groovy?’ is the question asked by teamlalala.com. They then go on to provide a good discussion around the code to draw a coffee cup in both JavaFX and Groovy. Personally, I don’t think the question is fair – why can’t we have JavaFX and Groovy – it’s not like Sun would ever drop JavaFX to instead support Groovy, and I would suggest that for the time being at least, there are far deeper pockets behind JavaFX than many other languages out there.

That’s it for another week. Keep working hard, and, as a (relatively) local comedian would say: say hi to your mum for me.

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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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