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.

JavaFX links of the week, April 9

How’s it going everyone? This is Carl Dea (@carldea) filling in for Jonathan Giles who is/was presenting at JavaOne in Tokyo, Japan. Below are this week’s links of the week. The links aren’t in any particular order except for the first one which is about the amazingly cool Scene Builder tool.

  • Richard Bair (chief architect for the Client Java Platform at Oracle) happily shares the good news about the very cool Scene Builder tool announced during the keynote at JavaOne Tokyo Japan. Here is Oracle’s official site to download the preview release.
  • William Antonio discusses his first impressions of the latest preview release of the Scene Builder Tool.
  • Halfway around the globe Jonathan Giles managed to present at JavaOne and interview Java Champions Jim Weaver and Stephen Chin. (Jonathan’s from the future) 🙂
  • Manoj Debnath blogs about Animation in JavaFX vs. Flash. Manoj only details JavaFX 2.x and mentions little of Adobe Flash to contrast the two technologies.
  • Java Champion Joshua Marinacci asks kindly if you are a GUI designer or Developer to please take Leonardo Sketch out for a spin (test). Leo Sketch is a full featured vector drawing tool very much like a scene builder tool. I believe the new JavaFX 2 FXML export feature may be available (ask him). It is a great tool for mocking screens, presentations, and more.
  • A nice book review by Jason Lee on the recently released book “Pro JavaFX 2: A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology
  • Java-Buddy (mystery person) creates easy to follow tutorials. Java-Buddy begins to create an app to free draw using the mouse, and a set of tutorials to transform shapes using rotation, translation, scale, and shear.
  • The JavaFX teams released a recent developer preview build of JavaFX 2.2 build b03. It’s nice to see it available for all the major platforms (Windows, MacOS, and Linux). Be on the lookout for the release notes for all the hard work that has been done.
  • Narayan has blogged about form field validation using CSS styling.
  • introjava (aka Gregg Setzer) has posted a Ribbon control to his blog. It would be nice to see this in JFXtras at some point soon!

Well, that’s it for this week I hope you enjoyed the links (I sure did). Keep up the great work! I want to thank Jonathan for allowing me to share with you all about the possibilities on the Java platform especially on the desktop.


Interview with Jim Weaver and Stephen Chin

Interview with Jim Weaver and Stephen Chin

Hi all. I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Tokyo, but I’ve been waiting to publish this interview until Jim and Steve made their announcements this week. Now that the news of their employment at Oracle is out, here is the interview. Enjoy! 🙂

Hi Jim and Stephen, would you please introduce yourselves?
Jim: Hi Jonathan, I’m Jim Weaver, long-time application developer with a particular interest in rich-client Java/JavaFX development.
Steve: I am also a JavaFX client hacker and enjoy working on several different open-source projects related to this.

You’ve both been involved with JavaFX for a long time. What drew you into JavaFX in the first place, and what keeps you going with it?
Jim: Rich-client development should be simple and elegant, but the post-1994 trend has been to force-fit the browser into being an application execution environment.  Consequently, many rich-client applications are comprised of Rube Goldberg machine-esque combinations of HTML, JavaScript, XML and other technologies.  JavaFX is an elegant and powerful technology for creating rich-client applications that run on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).


Announcing JavaFX Scene Builder Public Beta

Announcing JavaFX Scene Builder Public Beta

Hello from JavaOne Japan, where Jasper, Jonathan and I find ourselves seated in the opening keynote of the morning. One of the big announcements is the public beta of the JavaFX Scene Builder, our new tool for laying out and creating JavaFX content. The Scene Builder is the start of a more comprehensive RAD (rapid application development) tool for JavaFX, with drag-and-drop GUI building and eventually data binding.

JavaFX links of the week, April 3

Hello everyone! This is Carl Dea (@carldea) and I am filling in for Jonathan who is currently at JavaOne in Tokyo, Japan. This has been a busy week in the JavaFX community. Here are this week links.

(Note from Jonathan: Thanks to Carl for stepping up to the plate for this week and next week. You really should consider buying his book).

  • JavaFX 2.1 build b19 Developer Preview Download is available!
  • Stephen Chin has released his slide presentations from the 33rd Degree Conference. One of the slide presentations discusses developing JavaFX 2.x applications using the Scala language titled “JavaFX 2 and Scala – Like Milk and Cookies“. The other slide presentation covers the development of cleaner APIs and better UIs on the JavaFX 2.x platform using the Visage language.
  • (Late breaking link from Jonathan): Speaking of Stephen and Jim, they have just announced that they are joining the Java envangelism team at NASA Oracle. Stephen has blogged about this both on, and fortunately after, April Fools Day. I’ve got an interview lined up with them that I’ll publish here at FX Experience in the coming weeks.
  • Chika Okereke has blogged about a PDF to JavaFXML conversion using a technique which applies CSS styles to JavaFX 2.x graph nodes dynamically using the @FXML annotation.
  • Bertrand Goetzmann has shown off a screen cast demonstrating an application he is working on called Metaphora (source code). He has made use of GroovyFX and Netty which are two powerful combinations (A graphics DSL handling file transfers with non blocking I/O).
  • Jonathan Giles has continued with his series of interviews with key software engineers at Oracle. Jonathan has interviewed Jeff Hoffman and David Grieve. Jeff is a lead user experience developer who has the very huge responsibility of the end-to-end deployment experience. David is an engineer on the UI controls team who is (a hero imo) behind JavaFX’s CSS support. 🙂
  • The Java Spotlight episode 76 podcast has interviewed authors James Weaver , Weiqi Gao , Stephen Chin , Dean Iverson, and Johan Vos (The Dream Team) to talk about their recently published book, Pro JavaFX 2. This interview highlighted separate areas of the book which were crafted by each individual author’s unique expertise.
  • Also, at Java.net Johan Vos explains about ways to handle dependency management using Maven when using the DataFX artifacts. He also asks the community for feedback on the preferred way involving JavaFX. I’d like to see Gradle in the picture with transitive dependencies set (sorry couldn’t resist).
  • Dan Zwolenski blogs about Spring Security and JavaFX. He shows you how to integrate the Spring framework to authenticate and authorize access in a JavaFX application.
  • I recently blogged about the creation of a spaceship game using JavaFX 2.x. as Part 1 of a series of tutorials which will incrementally take you through the game development process. Here I basically demo the way I want the spaceship to navigate.
  • The Griffon Framework has now released the JavaFX plugin which allows writing Griffon JavaFX applications by using GroovyFX to code views. Griffon also has a new JavaFX archetype to create a simple JavaFX Griffon application in seconds.
  • Java-Buddy (a blogger whose name is still a mystery to me) has created quick and simple tutorials on how-to execute JavaScript in WebView from Java code and how-to embed Google Maps in JavaFX WebView.
  • Anton Epple blogs about a nice looking JavaFX 2.x version of the popular game Tetris.  I hope to see him make it even better. He mentions about some audio issues. Hopefully he can file the issue on Jira so that it can be followed up.
  • Wichit Sombat creates a bunch of videos this week where he walks you through tutorials on How-to create bouncing icons, a docking application, setting up IntelliJ IDEA for JavaFX, and getting started on JavaFX on Ubuntu.
  • Tom Schindl publishes his slide presentation on e(fx)clipse, the Eclipse Tooling and Runtime for JavaFX.
  • Dilip has a very cool blog entry and tutorial that will help you get started with JavaFX with JBox2D (the very cool physics library).

That’s it for this week everyone. Keep up the great work and keep those creative juices flowing!