Java desktop links of the week, July 27

A fairly quiet week this week in Java desktop land, but nonetheless some interesting news. Perhaps everyone is taking a deep breath prior to an Oracle acquisition. Regardless, let’s get straight into this weeks Java desktop links of the week.

General

  • Cutting across both Swing and JavaFX is the need for good UI tests. The FEST project is one of the leaders in this area, and it is growing, with a number of new members this week alone. FEST is now looking to grow support for testing JavaFX user interfaces also.

Swing

  • Željko emailed me to say that his Revolución Movie Library 0.7 beta has been released. This application has been linked to before from here, as it shows off what is possible with Swing. Note that this is a closed source application that’ll eventually not be free, and the current download is a 30-day trial.
  • There is a discussion on whether component creation off of the EDT is really a bug. Frankly I didn’t even bother to read the article, as in my humble opinion it’s simple: anything relating to the UI should be performed on the EDT, and anything not relating to the UI should not be performed on the EDT (unless it is a very quick operation). It doesn’t get much more black and white than that.

JavaFX

Griffon

That’s it for another week – hope you left a little wiser than when you entered. If not, demand your money back. Anywho, tune in next week – same bat-time, same bat-channel.

Java desktop links of the week, July 19

Well, no surprises this week with the news that the Oracle acquisition of Sun has been approved by shareholders. With the next step being Government consideration, we can only wonder how much longer Sun will be around. All I hope is that Oracle does it’s best to continue developing relevant Java technologies, and keeps Java pretty much on the path it is on now.

This week has been oddly quiet in the Java desktop world. Regardless, here are the most important Java desktop links of the week.

P.S. For anybody out there interested in hearing more Java desktop news, remember to follow me on twitter.

General

Swing

JavaFX

Griffon

That’s us for another week. As always, feel free to email me any links you think are relevant. Have a great week!

Java desktop links of the week, July 13

Here is another weeks fresh Java desktop links, served steaming hot straight to you – just the way I know you like it.

Enjoy.

Swing

JavaFX

Groovy

  • Andres Almiray keeps his blog on all things Groovy churning out the hits, this week with two on GfxBuilder. The first post is about custom nodes, and the second on transforms and plugins.

That’s it for another week. Keep up the good work everyone, but for those of you up in the northern hemisphere, get outside and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

Java desktop links of the week, July 6

Well, I’m glad I got around to learning JavaFX as the quantity of news is hugely sliding towards JavaFX these days. This week is no different. Despite this, if you have any Java desktop related news, please feel free to email me. Lots of people do, and it makes my life a little easier 🙂 You can find my email to the right on every page. Here we go again – enjoy.

General

Swing

  • Ken Orr lets everyone know that a co-worker of his, Jared MacDonald, spoke at JavaOne on building bullet proof user interfaces using test-driven development. The slides (in pdf form) are available for download.
  • Mariusz Trzaska emailed me to let me know of a project he has been working on called gcl-dsl, which stands for ‘GUI Creating Language Domain Specific Language’. As suggested, it is designed to make it easier to build user interfaces in Swing.
  • Alexander Potochkin (from the Swing Team at Sun) emailed me to let me know of CollectionSpy, which is a commercial application designed to profile Java applications which make use of collections. It is also written in Swing. An observation I’d like to make is that developers who write profiling software are very good at making good looking applications. Look at software such as JProfiler and YourKit.

JavaFX

Pivot

That’s another week down. Have a great week everyone!

Java desktop links of the week, June 29

To everyone reading and commenting on my blog – thanks – you help make the world go round 🙂 Here we go again.

General

Swing

JavaFX

Groovy

  • Andres Almiray posted two updates on FxBuilder for Groovy.

Have a great week everyone, and for those of you in the northern hemisphere, enjoy the nice weather – it’s freezing and dark here in New Zealand!