Java desktop links of the week, October 26

A pretty good news week this one, but because it’s a public holiday here in New Zealand, and I’d rather be enjoying the sun, I’m cutting straight to it. Enjoy!


  • Josh Marinacci has blogged about an important topic in user interface design – Colour (although he unfortunately calls it ‘color’ 🙂 ). He goes into the background and science of colour, and it’s well worth a read for anyone tasked with building compelling user interfaces.



  • Having just popped up before putting this post out, I haven’t watched this yet, but Peter Pilgrim has given a talk titled ‘Enterprise JavaFX for the web platform‘ that may be interesting to people out there.
  • IDE support is starting to improve for JavaFX, with both Eclipse and NetBeans getting newer / beta plugin releases. For NetBeans, it is 6.8 beta, which includes improved code completion, editor hints and navigation. The beta is available now, with the final release due in December. Additionally, the Exadel JavaFX Studio 1.1 plugin for Eclipse has been released, which includes much of the same functionality, but obviously for Eclipse. Now that I’m developing for Sun, I use NetBeans, but man do I miss Eclipse. Perhaps when I start reading some good reviews for either of the two Eclipse plugins, I’ll give them a try again.
  • Some guy called James Gosling posted a JavaFX-based map browser that he used when presenting at Oracle OpenWorld recently. You can find out more at the Kenai project page.
  • Sten Anderson blogged about Music Explorer FX Mobile Edition, which is a port of his award-winning Music Explorer FX to work on JavaFX-enabled mobile devices.
  • Stephen Chin announced a new release of WidgetFX, which includes a new slideshow widget, improved support for 64-bit and international operating systems, and of course bug fixes.
  • Eric Wendelin blogged about the technology behind Cheqlist, which I referred to last week. Cheqlist is a JavaFX application that connects to the online Remember The Milk web service.

Special Bonus Link

  • Because I’m feeling generous and because it’s a public holiday here in New Zealand, here’s a special bonus link that isn’t directly desktop related, but you really should go to it anyway. It’s one of many overviews of the Google Collections library, which you should all be using as it is an absolutely great library.

As always, have a great week everyone, and keep up all the hard work.

6 thoughts on “Java desktop links of the week, October 26”

  1. I tested both Sun’s and Exadel’s Eclipse plugin for JavaFX last thursday; neither was capable of compiling the JFXtras projects (common + control). Sun’s didn’t even make it through the build phase, and Exadels did but I ran into two problems. Exadel is trying to replicate that.

  2. Suggestion.
    Why don’t you start covering scala.swing too?
    IMO even the library itself is interesting and based on Swing

    1. @Eugene: I would happily cover it if I was emailed news articles on it. As it stands, I go looking for as much news as I can find, but there is certainly stuff I’m going to miss. Please, feel free to email me with Scala.swing related news if you wish.


  3. PureSwing looked interesting until I got to this:

    “no support for native look and feels”.

    Eh, call me when the big three native L&Fs (Windows, OSX, Linux) are supported. Until then it is just a plaything not intended for real development. Yes, I am a bit of a bigot when it comes to L&Fs; I feel that for many/most apps, especially business apps, the app must be indistinguishable from a native app or clients/users won’t accept it. Use of non-native L&Fs has done almost as much harm to Swing based apps as has bad Swing practices which result in slow and buggy Swing apps written by devs who don’t know how to use Swing correctly.

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