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! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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.



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! ๐Ÿ™‚

9 thoughts on “Java desktop links of the week, October 19”

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    Since you are covering this, I am asking you. Please don’t feel offended or otherwise.

    Do you know of any java based browser component that can be embedded ? I was looking for JWebPane but no news on it.

    Apologies for the trouble,


  2. i’ve used dockingframes for my swing app for almost a year now. I’m very happy with it, it’s more fully featured than most of the commercial docking frameworks.

  3. @Peter

    On the web page you listed for docking frameworks, DockingFrames is shown to be inactive. That’s not correct, it is under active development. Recent commits show it to be very current.


  4. thanks peter. i have no direct association with it, apart from using it and getting lots of technical help from the author. he’s very helpful, and i wish him the best with his framework.

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