Java Desktop links of the week, March 9th

This week there is a rather large amount of JavaFX news, but very little Swing news. I guess this is a sign of the times 🙂

Swing

  • Coming into my feed reader after posting this blog, I thought I’d quickly add that Ken Orr has a blog post about creating a custom HUD-style combo box.
  • Alexander Potochkin has blogged that the Swing Application Framework is back again. For more background, check out this interview with Hans Muller, back when the project was first approved. SAF has had a turbulent life, most recently with Karsten Lentzsch disapproving of its current state, and whether or not it actually will make it into Java 7 is yet to be seen.
  • InformIT has a post discussing playing media in Java using JMC. All code samples are written in Java, not JavaFX Script.
  • Regarding Swing 2.0, in the 13/02/09 podcast of This Ain’t Your Dad’s Java!, Sun’s Java marketing team has briefly discussed the recent discussion around Swing 2.0. You can listen to the podcast here if you have iTunes (skip forward to around the 5:00 mark. It continues until around the 9:15 minute mark). Their general perspective was that people wanting Swing 2.0 are trolling, whiney and fanboys. Also, despite their protests that Swing is strong, they inferred a number of  times that Swing  is on its way out. I found their means of communication to be somewhat condescending and rude, but perhaps that’s just me. For marketing people who are putting out the opinion of Sun, I found this to be disappointing.

JavaFX

Eclipse/SWT

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!

Swing

JavaFX

Griffon

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.

SCJP 6 rough study notes

Here are the SCJP 6 study notes I mentioned I wrote. They are rough. I wrote them for my own purposes, so they are brief and highlight the main things I had to remind myself. It is by no means perfect – there are typos, poor layout choices, etc. Unless you’re me, it probably doesn’t make sense 🙂

I apologise for the brevity. I tried to keep the page count to 12. Therefore, if you are printing, I personally recommend you print two pages per sheet of paper, meaning it’ll take 6 pages and be quite readable.

Regardless, people have asked for them, so enjoy. If you find I am wrong, or that I could organise it better, let me know and I may try to maintain it.

Cheers.

SCJP 6 Attained

Just a quick post to announce that today I went for and got my Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) 6 certification. The exam is actually relatively quite difficult, as it really requires a good understanding of the Java language, and in most cases people rely on their IDE to catch their errors. For this reason, it pays to do a bit of study prior to sitting the exam. In the process of doing my study, I actually wrote up a fairly decent 12 page document that covers the areas where I didn’t understand things well enough. It proved to be a good study guide in my opinion.

If anyone is interested in reading it prior to their SCJP exam, let me know and I’ll polish it up and make it available.

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.

Swing

JavaFX

  • 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!