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, July 1

A relatively quiet week this week, and I’m well behind schedule today, so let’s just get right into the links! 🙂

  • Angela Caicedo is presenting at the Silicon Valley JavaFX Users Group on July 10. As per usual it is streamed live online so even if you aren’t in Silicon Valley you can join in. Angela is presenting on “Beyond Beauty: JavaFX, Parallax, Touch, Raspberry Pi, Gyroscopes, and Much More”.
  • JavaFX Scene Builder 1.1 build b28 is now available for download.
  • Jim Weaver has posted the slides for his JayDay 2013 talk regarding JavaFX touch input functionality.
  • Christophe Dufour has posted about FXBinding, a project to provide additional binding APIs for JavaFX developers.
  • dooApp have announced the release of FXForm 2 release 0.2.2. FXForm2 is a library providing automatic JavaFX 2.0 form generation.
  • Micha Kops has blogged about creating and packaging a game in Java FX 2.2.
  • Jörn Hameister has posted code about how he built a JavaFX puzzle game.

Catch you all next week!

JavaFX links of the week, June 24

Hi all – a number of interesting posts this week – enjoy! 🙂

  • The AquaFX project this week announced the release of AquaFX 0.1. AquaFX is a project by Claudine Zillmann to reproduce Mac OS X ‘Aqua’ visuals in JavaFX as a CSS file, so that JavaFX applications can appear as native Mac OS X applications.
  • Gerrit Grunwald has two posts this week. Firstly, he has another post on ‘taming the Nashorn‘ project, which is a JavaScript engine coming in JDK 8. The nice thing about doing JavaFX development in JavaScript is that he does not have to recompile his code between edits as the JavaScript is interpreted. This is really  beneficial when it comes to development on a Raspberry Pi. In his second post, Gerrit has done a ‘Tuesday fun’ post about image rollover effects in JavaFX.
  • With the release of Java 7u25 and JavaFX 2.2.25 this week, the Java documentation team has put out a number of new documents. Most notable for JavaFX developers is the new documentation for the JavaFX FileChooser component.
  • I was informed this week that the DromblerFX project includes a docking framework, which may be of interest to some developers. Drombler FX is a modular Rich Client Platform for JavaFX based on OSGi and Maven (POM-first).
  • Thierry Wasyl has posted some sample code on how to create a ListValueFactory for TableView.
  • Sean Phillips continues his work on integrating the JavaFX Accordion control into the NetBeans platform.
  • mihosoft has posted a tool that might be useful to people testing out JDK 8 (and JavaFX 8.0) – it’s called JSelect and allows for easy switching between JDKs.

That’s all folks! 🙂 Catch you all next week.

JavaFX links of the week, June 17

Another week, another bunch of links. Enjoy! 🙂

Catch you all next week!

JavaFX links of the week, June 10

A relatively quiet week this week, but a couple of open source projects continue to keep the community momentum moving forward. Let’s get right into it! 🙂

  • Richard Bair announced the beginning of a ‘performance tips and tricks‘ wiki page to track performance ideas and details of the JavaFX infrastructure. This document is intended to be fluid as new areas are discovered and explored.
  • JIDE Software (purveyors of fine Swing UI components) have announced the beta release of JideFX, a collection of libraries (some open source (LGPL+classpath), some commercial) that contain a number of JavaFX UI controls and other useful libraries.
  • I announced the release of ControlsFX 8.0.0 final, which includes a bunch of improvements to dialogs and other new API. This release was once again a team effort, with a substantial percentage of the development by other team members, most notably Eugene Ryzhikov, but also thanks must go to Danno Ferrin and Hendrik Ebbers for their contributions too. As always ControlsFX is available under the BSD license.
  • William Antônio has put up a blog post about developing the server side of a JavaFX CRUD application.
  • ScalaFX 1.0.0 Milestone 4 was released recently. If you’re interested in building JavaFX applications in Scala,  you should definitely check this project out!

Catch you all in a weeks time!

Announcing: ControlsFX 8.0.0 Final

Announcing: ControlsFX 8.0.0 Final

It hasn’t quite been four weeks yet, but I’m already back to announce the availability of the final release of ControlsFX 8.0.0. This release is a combination bug fix and feature release, having gone through only one (proper) developer preview release (there was supposed to be a developer preview 2 release, but due to issues deploying the build we had enough time to fix up the remaining bugs / features and now we’re at the final release! 🙂 ). A huge number of bugs have been fixed, in particular related to dialog layout. It is highly recommended that people use JavaFX 8.0 b91 or above when running ControlsFX.

For more information on what ControlsFX is, who it is aimed at, how to get it / use it / contribute back to it, you should refer to the ControlsFX page. A few things to note are:

  1. This release of course includes all the features that were in developer preview 1. If you aren’t familiar with that release, be sure to check out the blog post for that release!
  2. I clarified the (slightly odd) approach to release versioning for ControlsFX over on the ControlsFX page (scroll down to the ‘Release Versioning’ section). In short, we use the common x.y.z numbering scheme, where the x.y values represent the minimum JavaFX version required, and the z value represents the release. In our current case, ControlsFX 8.0.0 is still being developed, and requires at least JavaFX 8.0. Future releases will increment to 8.0.1, 8.0.2, and so on until we require JavaFX 8.1 or whatever version comes after JavaFX 8.0. In short, despite 8.0.0 being a big version jump (it’s the first release after all!), we plan to increment only the .z value for a very long time! 🙂
  3. Visit the bitbucket project to watch (or fork) the project. If you fork please consider providing pull requests so that ControlsFX continues to improve!

To conclude this post, here’s a quick rundown on the new features included in this final 8.0.0 release: