Java desktop links of the week, October 19

Wow – this is perhaps the most balanced post in the last four – five months. Between the various sections, we have news this week on Swing, JavaFX, Griffon, NetBeans RCP and a general animation library (commonly used for Swing and SWT). There must be a little bit of news for everyone this week! :-)

General

Swing

  • Kirill also posted a roadmap for Substance 6.0. The main goals are to remove deprecated methods / classes, restructure the code base, (including renaming packages), and moving animations to use the Trident animation library. In other words, get ready to complain that Substance doesn’t immediately work for you in version 6.0 :-)
  • Anthony Goubard posted an overview of the new color chooser in JDK7. The comments quickly devolve to the point where people are suggesting improvements and alternatives. I would have to agree – the color chooser in JDK 7 isn’t the nicest looking at all.
  • I came across a ‘new’ LGPL docking framework for Swing this week, after it was discussed on twitter. It is called DockingFrames, and may be of some interest to people evaluating the various Swing docking frameworks out there.
  • JxBrowser 2.0 was announced this week, and it is now at the point where an Early Access Program is underway. JxBrowser is a cross-platform library that allows integrating Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari (WebKit) and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers into Java AWT/Swing applications on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms. Note that it is not a free library.

JavaFX

Griffon

That’s another week down. Keep firing me your links if you think you’ve found something useful – it’s always much appreciated. Keep up the good work everyone. Until next week – stay classy! :-)

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