Hello, and welcome to a new weekly post on FX Experience. In this post, and all future ‘JavaFX links of the week’, we’ll be covering the latest and greatest JavaFX news that you may have missed in the past week. You may recognise this segment, as it is a subset of the ‘Java desktop links of the week’ that I post on my own blog. Whilst I work out the best way to go forward, the JavaFX links section will find itself being duplicated on both sites.
As with my website, this weekly post tries to not take itself too seriously. We certainly won’t be covering every JavaFX news item every week – we’ll pick out the quality topics that we think you’d like. Also, whilst we all work on JavaFX at Sun, we usually don’t have any insight into the projects we’re linking to, so sometimes we might make mistakes in summarising links. So, if you want to flame anyone, pick me – the best way is to email me. Also, I’d appreciate any links you may have that you think deserve some coverage.
- This week on FXExperience.com Richard Bair blogged about ‘language lessons 1: object creation‘, and ‘writing a Java-based game‘, and Jasper Potts posted a number of sample text effects that he created in JavaFX.
- Coming up in a future release of NetBeans is a JavaFX GUI builder (it’ll be available as a preview release in 6.8). This differs from the authoring tool also being developed by Sun, as the JavaFX GUI builder is intended more for developers, rather than the designers who would find more use in the authoring tool. Unfortunately, right now it doesn’t have a name – can you help? For some inspiration, screenshots can be seen here and here.
- Stephen Chin has announced a JFXtras 0.6 preview release has been made available, with a full release coming up as soon as any kinks are worked out. JFXtras 0.6 sees a number of new features, controls, and of course bug fixes. It is a great filler library should the functionality not exist in the core JavaFX release.
- Chris Wright and Jim Weaver put up a new article in their “What’s new in JavaFX 1.2 technology” series, this time covering RSS, storage and charts.
- Stephen Chin put up his Devoxx conference session slides for you to enjoy.
- Rakesh Menon expanded on his Combo Box control that he developed a few months ago by making it work on mobile devices as well.
- Johan Vos has posted part two in his series of ‘JavaFX and OSGi‘, where he introduces the OSGiFX framework.
- Lawrence Premkumar has written a sample application showing spinning text.
- Peter Pilgrim has posted milestone 4 of his Nelson Core JavaFX Framework and Xenon Data Grid control for JavaFX. As far as I can tell, that mouthful equates to a table control for JavaFX. Please, someone correct me if I’m wrong. You can play with the control yourself by loading the webstart link, and clicking on the images to start the demo.
That’s the first week of JavaFX links of the week down. If you’re interested in other Java desktop technologies, check out Java desktop links of the week, and remember to follow the fxexperience twitter stream for more updates.