Java desktop links of the week, March 2nd

Wow – it’s March already – where does time go? Here are the links from the last week that I think were important – as always, email/twitter/courier pigeon me any news that you think is relevant. Have a great week!




That’s it for this week! A very sparse news week, so if I’ve missed anything, please let me know! Have a great week.

Java desktop links of the week, February 23rd

Another quiet week, and one in which I have been somewhat distracted with SCJP study (exam on Wednesday!). Despite this, below is the important news for the Java desktop that has occured in the last week.



  • Michael Galpin, a software architect at eBay, has posted an article on IBMs developerWorks site that discusses how to create mashups with JavaFX. I would say that this would be very useful for JavaFX developers out there wanting to get their head around connecting to web services, and parsing the data coming from them.
  • Josh Marinacci, of Sun Microsystem, has set up a new website, JFXStudio, that aggregates a number of blogs related to JavaFX development. Its focus is on showing demonstration programs and the associated code. This will be a good resource for JavaFX developers!
  • Speaking of Josh Marinacci (his ears must be burning), RIA Weekly had him as a phone-in guest on their latest show, where he discusses the current and future state of JavaFX. It’s worth listening to if you have a moment.
  • Stephen Chin has announced JFXtras 0.3 has been released. This release adds support for JavaFX 1.1, plus includes a JavaFX version of MigLayout for doing layout of JavaFX Nodes.  Because JavaFX 1.1 is not binary compatible with JavaFX 1.0, you will have to upgrade to this release if you want to use JFXtras for JavaFX 1.1 development.
  • There is an article on Wikia that discusses how to add Swing components into JavaFX applications. This is very good and clear, focusing on the necessary code required for each component.

That’s it for this week! Now, back to my study – two more days to go 🙂 Have a great week!

Java Desktop links of the week, February 16th

Another week, another Swing links of the week, from now on known as Java Desktop links of the week to more properly encapsulate anything Java and GUI related. If you don’t like the new name, let me know what you’d rather have it known as! As always, send me your news if you have any. All my contact details are to the right. This week was relatively quiet on all fronts other than JavaFX, given the release of JavaFX 1.1. Anyway, on with the news.




Swing links of the week, February 2nd

Another week, another Swing links…..A fair bit happened this week, in both the Swing and JavaFX camps, so let’s get into the news:


  • I started a Swing 2.0 discussion that garnered a huge amount of discussion (thanks to everyone!). It had the desired effect of capturing the attention of people at Sun – I have heard from a few internally that a response is due to be released this week. We’ll wait and see what they have to say – I’ll make a special post as soon as I find out.
  • Jesse Wilson announced, after 2.5 years of development, that Glazed Lists has reached version 1.8.0. The release notes are also available for more detail.
  • Kirill Grouchnikov announced new release candidates for both his Substance and Flamingo projects. These releases are now ready for use in Swing applications, and so if you’re keen to help Kirill out, give these projects a run through on your projects, and send feedback to the appropriate mailing list.
  • Antonio Santiago wrote in his blog about how he has achieved mixing heavyweight and lightweight components in the latest early access release of Java 6 (update 12).
  • Ken Orr posts a blog about drawing text around its visual centre. As per usual this post is very helpful, and I recommend anyone doing text layout in Swing (I would say most people) to give this article a read.
  • The LimeWire blog has a discussion on the benefits of using MigLayout. It’s a very good introduction to the layout manager, and might be reason enough to many readers to switch to MigLayout for their next project.


  • Rémy Rakic posts about his Scenile project which integrates scenario (the scenegraph powering the JavaFX runtime) with project nile (the JavaFX production suite). It loads fxd/fxz files and creates the appropriate scenario objects, fills the properties, creates the scenegraph and returns it to you. After that, its work is done and scenario takes over to render, animate, etc.
  • Jasper Potts posts in his blog a video of Richard Bair and Martin Brehovsky presenting an hour long overview of JavaFX, including the JavaFX Language, Scene Graph and Animation.
  • Stephen Chin posts in his blog a tutorial on using the Calendar widget (which comes as part of WidgetFX).
  • Geertjan Wielenga posts an example of integrating JavaFX into the NetBeans platform. This example can be extended trivially to demonstrate how to integrate JavaFX into Java-based applications.
  • Inyoung Cho and Cindy Church, in video form, describe the JavaFX Scene Graph and demonstrate how it is used by running a sample JavaFX application in NetBeans for JavaFX.
  • After Yakov Fain posted that he intends to post code samples of JavaFX being used to create proper applications (instead of cute demos), Jim Weaver posts a demo of such an application built using JavaFX. Despite this, in my opinion Jim has not proven that JavaFX can be used to create proper applications – what I see in his demo is still a cute application that does in no way really resemble a traditional application. So, I’ll put out the call – can anyone create a JavaFX application that looks and feels like an enterprise application? I say enterprise because the last thing enterprise customers want in many circumstances is cute – they want consistency and visual integration with other applications.
  • New comer to JavaFX blogging, Eric has put up two code-heavy blog posts. His first post is about perspective transforms with JavaFX. This post is taken a step further with the image being transformed by a drag handle bounded to a slider. His second post is about supporting drag and drop in JavaFX. His demo code allows for a user to drop a txt file into the view to render the text onscreen.


  • James Britt, a developer on the Monkeybars project is interviewed about the release of version 1.0 of Monkeybars. To quote James, “Monkeybars is a JRuby MVC framework that sits on top of Swing. It doesn’t wrap Swing per se, but instead presents view logic (encapsulated in Swing classes) separate from controller and model logic (in Ruby). In that sense it exploits the freely available, high-quality WYSIWYG Swing UI design tools while freeing you to develop in Ruby”.

That’s it for another week! Hope you are keeping well, and for all you people on the other side of the world, I won’t remind you that here in New Zealand, the summer weather is lovely. Until next week – happy swinging 😛

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:



  • 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/ 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!