FX Experience Has Gone Read-Only

I've been maintaining FX Experience for a really long time now, and I love hearing from people who enjoy my weekly links roundup. One thing I've noticed recently is that maintaining two sites (FX Experience and JonathanGiles.net) takes more time than ideal, and splits the audience up. Therefore, FX Experience will become read-only for new blog posts, but weekly posts will continue to be published on JonathanGiles.net. If you follow @FXExperience on Twitter, I suggest you also follow @JonathanGiles. This is not the end - just a consolidation of my online presence to make my life a little easier!

tl;dr: Follow me on Twitter and check for the latest news on JonathanGiles.net.

Wow, a heap of links this week for JavaFX. Also, if you’re remotely interested in JavaOne, it’s important to note that registration is now open for JavaOne 2010. From looking at the session proposals for the JavaFX track, it’s going to be a really good year! Righty, on with the links.

  • A lot has been said this week about whether or not JavaFX is ready for the prime time. Coming out to give his perspective on the issue is Adam Bien, who lists 11 reasons why he thinks JavaFX is on the right path.
  • Tor Norbye has blogged about transparent windows in Linux, based on his experience in building the upcoming Authoring Tool and testing it across platforms.
  • Johan Vos has blogged about map rendering in JavaFX using data from OpenStreetMap. He provides both a runnable demo, and also the code. What’s most fascinating is how little code was actually written to support this – it really is a tiny amount.
  • Rakesh Menon created a Wizard UI in JavaFX which is actually quite nice, and certainly usable for people wanting to show wizards in JavaFX.
  • Exadel have released version 1.2.3 of the JavaFX Plugin for Eclipse. They have also announced that they plan to release more regular, and smaller, updates for the plugin (once every two weeks or so).
  • Nathan Erwin emailed me about a Maven Javafxdoc plugin that he has been working on. This allows for you to easily generate JavaFX API documentation as part of the Maven build process.
  • Peter Pilgrim has posted a new demo of his Moonlander game, which along with providing a new stage also fixes a few bugs.
  • Joshua Smith has blogged about static fields and functions in JavaFX. This is one of those areas that differs from how it is done in Java, but it’s certainly still possible in JavaFX to have static fields and functions.
  • If you’re wanting to learn more about JavaFX then Sang Shin has a slide deck titled “JavaFX: Building RIA Application” you should check out. Unfortunately, the ‘Application’ part of the title is a little redundant given the RIA acronym preceding it, but it’s a very easy trap to fall in to.

Hope there was something useful in these links for everyone. As always, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any links or comments you want to share. Catch you all again in a weeks time!