Hi all, here’s another weeks worth of links. Enjoy and keep up the hard work!
Catch you all next week 🙂
Today I have an interview with Daniel Zwolenski, a developer who has been involved with JavaFX, both from a commercial point of view, and as part of the open source community. He is active in openjfx-dev mailing list discussions, as well as running a very popular blog on using JavaFX in enterprise environments. I first had the privilege to meet up with Daniel when I was living in Brisbane, Australia last year, and he continues to be a contributor to the future of OpenJFX discussions today. Without further ado, lets get go with the interview – please enjoy! 🙂
Hi Daniel – could you please introduce yourself to everyone?
For the last 14 years I have been working in the Java application space, designing and building Java applications of all shapes and sizes for many different clients and industries. I’m based in Australia, currently in Melbourne, but I have worked in the UK, Ireland and very briefly in France.
Among many other projects, I was the architect and led the development of Coinland (an online virtual world for kids sponsored by one of the major Australian banks), I’ve driven the re-development of SMART (the key reporting tool for the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy in the state of NSW), and I’ve been a core part of the team that developed the management system for Tourism Australia’s ATE (the largest tourism expo in the southern hemisphere).
I’ve deliberately stayed as an independent contractor, changing fields and companies in search of the most interesting and challenging work. I love the variety, and opportunity this provides to grow my skills and expand my experiences. I have managed teams of all shapes and sizes, worked in with large corporate teams, and at times, acted as a one-man development team.
I get a buzz from interacting with my users and user interface development has always been my preferred space. I cut my teeth on Microsoft’s Visual C++ and MFC platform, and then happily made the move to Java when Swing was released. I’ve worked in the web space, but always felt limited by what I could provide for my users, even when using technologies like GWT. I’ve also developed Android applications and been involved with some iPhone development.
Although I love to code, I don’t use computers much outside of development. I spend a lot of my time working with non-profit organisations, especially environmental ones. Recently I have taken on a contract with Our Community, a group providing software and services to the non-profit sector. It’s an awesome place that is the perfect balance of commercial systems development, community awareness and social conscious. Unfortunately they are not yet using JavaFX, but I hope to have them converted before too long!
Welcome to another weeks worth of JavaFX links! There are a heap of links this week, so I hope you all find something you enjoy and learn from! 🙂
- JavaFX 2.2 developer preview build 19 was released this week.
- Igor Nekrestyanov has posted about drop-in resources when using the native packaging feature in JavaFX 2.2.
- Tom Schindl has announced e(fx)clipse 0.1.0 has been released, which includes a huge number of new features for things like native packaging, splash screens, Scene Builder integration, and a lot more.
- For those of you who want a logarithmic scale in the JavaFX charts API, it’s your lucky day: Kevin Senechal has posted an implementation you can drop into your own apps!
- Roger Brinkley interviewed me for the Java Spotlight Podcast whilst he was on vacation in New Zealand. Of course the topics covered are all to do with my area of focus: JavaFX UI controls.
- Ander Ruiz and I released Scenic View 1.1 beta build 7, and based on the feedback we think this may be the last beta release before a final release of 1.1 this week.
- The UGate blog has posted part three of the JavaFX programmatic POJO expression bindings posts. You can find part one and two at their respective links.
- Chika Okereke has blogged about PDF to JavaFX conversions, this time covering fade-in transitions in JavaFX.
- Andreas Billmann has two blog posts this week. Firstly, he shares some code on how to create a glowing icon button to catch users attention, and building on top of this he then shares code which shows small (and possibly animated) icons on top of a button, again to catch the users attention. This kind of code should be polished and added to the JFXtras project!
- José Pereda continues to blog on his work around his MatrixPanel control, this week showing animated traffic signs.
- WichitSombat has posted a YouTube video on how to set up a development environment for JavaFX using IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 11.0.2.
- Thierry Wasyl has posted two posts this week. Firstly he talks about keyboard shortcuts and mnemonics in JavaFX 2, and secondly he has posted another video of his TweetWallFX application.
That’s all folks! Catch you all in a weeks time… 🙂