A fairly quiet week in the Java desktop world this week, but nevermind, I’m sure it’s just because the majority of you are too busy working on your blog masterpieces for next week 🙂 Regardless, there are some very useful links in this weeks post, so have at it, and as always please do flick me an email (or twitter message) with any link you think is worthy of being included.
That’s all folks. Thanks to everyone who took the time to post about what they’re working on, and for those of you who didn’t, I’m looking forward to your blogging masterpieces next week 🙂
Another week, and unsurprisingly I have another bunch of links for you folks. Thanks to everyone for blogging your thoughts and what you’re working on – it’s great to hear what everyone is thinking of and doing. As always, feel free to ping me with any links you may have that you think are worth including.
Now – on with the news!
- Kirill Grouchnikov has put up a new dev release of Flamingo 5.0. This release is a relatively minor release, but important as it contains a lot of refactoring. Kirill would love it if you could download this and test it against your software to catch any showstoppers.
- Speaking of Flamingo 5.0, Kirill has also created a color selector component.
That’s all for another week. Keep up the great work everyone – I’ll catch you all again next week (or sooner if you’re on twitter) – same bat time, same bat channel.
Wow – the floodgates really opened up this week, with a heap of interesting links – so many in fact that I had to cut back a few of them as otherwise this post would’ve just been too long. Thanks to everyone for posting me a link – please keep it up as it’s your content that makes these weekly links worthwhile.
- The JavaOne call for papers has been open for a few weeks now (or so it seems). The closing date is March 14, so don’t miss out! I’m really hoping to be at JavaOne again this year as a roving reporter / one of the developers behind JavaFX, but we’ll see. JavaOne this year is September 19-23.
- Rakesh Menon has posted details about the India Tech Days 2010 which take place late March.
- The Silicon Valley JavaFX Users Group posted the video for Hinkmond Wong’s ‘Mobile Dojo‘ talk, which I’ve posted on FX Experience in a slightly larger size. You can also see just the slides at Stephen Chin’s blog.
- Richard Bair posted about text transitions following a recent bout of bug triage, where he encountered a requested feature which he’s putting back out to the community to try and solve. This is something we occassionally encounter – deciding whether we should develop something internally or rely on third-parties to develop functionality.
- Details about the JavaFX Composer preview 2 release came online this week. I’m not sure if this coincided with the actual preview 2 release or not. JavaFX Composer is a plugin for NetBeans that makes it easy to build JavaFX-based user interfaces (although it’s intended for developers moreso than designers, who should use the forthcoming Authoring Tool being developed at Oracle).
- Jonathan Merritt decided to use the JavaFX Charting API to roughly predict when he believes the JavaFX 1.3 release will be. He notes that it was more of a chance to play with the chart components (and linear regression models) than anything else, and he is not in a position to actually know the release date – so take it for what it is. Also, note that his chart can only report on the public issues in the JavaFX bug tracker.
- Geeky coder (I’m assuming that’s not his/her real name) posted a JavaFX tip titled ‘Reducing development time by running JavaFX application using class file and with JRebel‘.
- Jan Goyvaerts posts his thoughts on implementing the Observer pattern in JavaFX.
- It’s been a funny old week in JavaFX-land, with both negative posts and positive posts. Being a good link reporter, I’ll leave you to make up your own mind.
That’s all for another week. Catch you all in a weeks time! Keep up the good work folks 🙂
Well, the Oracle acquisition of Sun is now done, and I’d like to say hello to my new corporate overlord 🙂 The good news in the last week is that all the concern around what Oracle was going to do with the various Sun projects has been relatively well clarified. From the sounds of things, investment in Java, JavaFX and NetBeans is going to continue or even grow. Perhaps the biggest (initial) loser is Project Kenai, the Sun cloud-based project hosting project. I know a lot of people have created kenai projects, and it is unfortunate to see this close down.
There is a tonne of news this week, so lets get into it and I hope you enjoy it!
- Jim Weaver sums up the Oracle news this week nice and succinctly: ‘We will invest heavily in JavaFX‘.
- The JavaFX tutorial has been updated to include a gentler introduction to data binding and triggers, with a new chapter devoted exclusively to “the basics”. Also, apparently there are plans to include a more advanced article discussing this topic also.
- Want tabs in your JavaFX application? Well, today’s your lucky day as toumaille has posted exactly this. His tabbed pane control appears to be well thought out, and may be of use to people out there, certainly until there is an official tab control in JavaFX.
- Drew, carrying on his investigation into JavaFX and physics, has put up a JavaFX applet of a very, very simple platform game using real physics.
- Exadel released a new version of their JavaFX Plug-In for Eclipse, taking it up to version 1.2.1.
- Jim Weaver introduces an interesting visualisation developed in JavaFX by Nik Silver. You can go directly to the visualisation if you are interested in playing with it.
- Simon Morris has put up a page that contains all of the demos he wrote whilst writing his book ‘JavaFX in Action’.
- Pedro Duque Vieira has written about how he has embedded a JavaFX scene into a Swing application.
- Krishna Kishore has created a JavaFX application that grows/animates flowers onto the screen. It’s a rather nice effect, and shows the power of the language given Krishna admits creating this program just to learn the language.
- Andres Almiray has announced the release of Griffon 0.3 Beta 2. Griffon 0.3 Beta 2 is mostly a collection of fixes for issues found in the previous beta.
Whew! I did warn you there was a lot of really high-quality news this week. Well, that’s it for another week. Keep up the hard work (but remember to find time to relax too!), and I’ll see you all again next week.
Well, I best start this week by mentioning that the Oracle takeover of Sun is edging very near. The EU appears to now be happy with things, and the word is that China’s and Russia’s competition bodies are now looking it all over. Of most interest for those of us in the Java world will be the 5 hour (!) webcast being given this week by Oracle. Presumably during that time they will cover in more detail their intentions for Java, and hopefully discuss Swing and JavaFX. The presentation is on Wednesday 27th January, 9:00am – 2:00pm Pacific time. You can register for it, and find out more, here.
Now, on with this weeks most relevant news.
Well, that’s all folks. Keep up the hard work and will see you in a weeks time, when things in the Java world (post an Oracle acquisation) might be a little bit clearer!