Here we go again, with this weeks batch of links. Thanks to the people contacting me with links and praise – it’s all much appreciated 🙂 Anyway, let’s get into things…
- There is an Oracle webcast coming up on the 30th of June that is titled ‘The Code of Enterprise Success Begins with JavaFX 2.0‘. It features Jai Suri and Jasper Potts talking about JavaFX 2.0, and might include some interesting news and demonstrations.
- Tom Schindl has announced e(fx)clipse. The 0.0.1 release is minimal but no doubt useful for JavaFX 2.0 developers choosing to use Eclipse: it introduces a CSS editor that supports the JavaFX -fx extensions.
- Jim Connor has blogged about translating a JavaFX Script application to JavaFX 2.0.
- Stephen Chin continues to present the ‘JavaFX 2.0 With Alternative Languages‘ talk at conferences. He has just posted the slides for his talk at Jazoon, where he covers using JavaFX 2.0 with Groovy, Clojure, Scala, Fantom and Visage.
- Speaking of alternate languages, probably the one leading the pack is the GroovyFX project, which obviously provides improved Groovy support. They’ve just put up a heap of documentation that demonstrates how to use the JavaFX APIs using GroovyFX – be sure to check it out!
- Artem Ananiev has covered how to size your windows in JavaFX 2.0 easily.
- Seyhan Basmacı has blogged about building a JavaFX 2.0 sample application, which features a login form as well as a TableView, communicating with a remote server.
- jojorabbit4 has blogged about creating a custom JavaFX 2.0 ComboBox control. For what it’s worth, I spent a few hours this past weekend creating one as well, which may turn up somewhere sometime soon. I even posted an image or two to tease its current state (which is: unfinished, but much better than nothing).
- Laurent Nicolas has blogged about creating a simple JavaFX 2.0 slide presenter.
- Narayan has written about masking in JavaFX 2.0.
That’s all for this weeks folks. Keep up the blogging and exploring of the Java desktop APIs. Catch you in a weeks time! 🙂
Time to hit the Oracle download servers for a brand new build of the JavaFX 2.0 beta. This build brings with it 2 weeks of bug fixes, optimisations and features. If you’re on an older release (b28 or b30), it’s time to get downloading! 🙂
Also, thanks to everyone filing bugs and feature requests into our Jira issue tracker. It’s your feedback that we’re using to polish the beta releases. I hope that you’ll keep providing your useful feedback throughout the beta release train.
Another week of JavaFX links – hopefully you all find something of interest. Also, thanks to everyone emailing me links!
That’s all I have for you this week. I’ll see you in a weeks time 🙂
I was just going through the bug database and realized that, to my knowledge, we’ve never actually told people what the code names are for our releases, and that that is pretty useful to know when filing bugs. Ever since JavaFX 1.0 we’ve used street or area names from San Francisco as our code names. Honestly I can’t remember the 1.0 code name anymore. 1.2 was called “Marina”, 1.3 was “SoMa” (South of Market).
This release, 2.0, is called “Presidio”, and the next major release is called “Lombard”. So when you see that your issue is targeted at one of these, you know what we’re taking about! If it remains “untargeted”, then it has gone into the pool from which we draw features for future releases, but may not be targeted to a specific release until later in the planning cycle.
Another week, another batch of links. Let’s just get right into it!
- GroovyFX was announced this week by Jim Clarke, which is a library that makes building JavaFX 2.0 user interfaces easier (when written in Groovy, obviously). The features include a SceneGraphBuilder, TimelineBuilder, bind syntax and a GroovyDSL to support colors, durations, timelines, enumerations, etc. I’m very excited to see alternate JVM languages starting to adopt JavaFX 2.0 now that it is all Java-based.
- Speaking of alternate JVM languages, here are two blog posts by Emil Kruczek about using JavaFX 2.0 in Clojure.
- Tom Schindl has taken JavaFX 2.0 for a spin, and thinks that JavaFX 2.0 is looking pretty good, which is kind considering he is an SWT fan. Despite this, he says that “[t]his makes me a bit sorry about SWT because compared to what JavaFX provides to me SWT is light years behind.”
- In a separate post, Tom blogs about using Xtext to create a JavaFX-CSS editor, which, he theorises, could quite nicely become part of an Eclipse JavaFX 2.0 plugin (along with other Eclipse-based techonologies).
- Rafał Rusin has blogged about visualising GIS data in JavaFX 2.0 beta using GeoTools.
- I put up a link to my in-progress JavaFX Control Cell Factories project. Currently you can just check out the (clearly beta quality) screenshots and see what the API looks like (hint: fully static API with a lot of Callbacks – I can’t wait for closures to clean this up!).
That’s all for another week. I hope you all found something useful in the links above. Catch you again in a weeks time, and keep up all the hard work folks!