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.
Following hot on the heels of the developer preview 5 release, I’ve decided to roll out another developer preview build of Scenic View. As always, the download links are on the main Scenic View page. This release has the following changes:
- Support for JavaFX SubScene nodes.
- Improved support for Linux machines.
- Fixed support for running Scenic View as a startup agent.
I look forward to hearing how everyone gets on. As always, bug reports in comments please! Thanks.
A bunch of good links this week. Enjoy! 🙂
- Tom Schindl has been busy blogging about the new features of e(fx)clipse 1.0, including the ability to consume Non-OSGi-Artifacts from a maven repository, how he has improved the CSS editor to support JavaFX and third party libraries, the StyledText control, and of course he has blogged that e(fx)clipse 1.0 has now been released.
- Felipe Heidrich, a colleague of mine in the JavaFX team, presented this week on JavaFX text rendering, which I know is a hot-button topic for many people. You will be pleased to know that the video recording is now available online for you to watch.
- Niels Gundermann has updated his JavaFX 3D Editor project to version 9, which includes support for animations.
- I put out a new release of Scenic View for JavaFX 8.0 and above – this is likely to be the last (or second to last) developer preview, depending on the bug reports received. Please download it and give it a try.
- Tomas Mikula has put out a summary page that compares the three main JavaFX controls that are designed for code editing. It is great to see the community working on this, and it would be great to see some coming-together of the projects to perhaps consider working together, rather than duplicating effort. A rich text editor (rather than the existing HTMLEditor) is something that is planned for JavaFX 9, so having a community project that works towards this, with a view to integrating into OpenJFX in the future, would be hugely beneficial!
- Jens Deters continues to improve his MQTT.fx project, this week releasing version 0.0.6 which includes a bunch of nice new features.
- Rob Terp has posted an interesting blog, and video, on monitoring real-time commodity prices using JavaFX, NetBeans RCP, and Camel.
- Yakov Fain has a post about JavaFX event handling and property binding.
That’s all folks! Catch you next week 🙂
It was one year and a week ago that I announced Scenic View developer preview 4. Today I am here to announce the availability of Scenic View 8.0.0 developer preview 5, which you can download from the usual location. This release consists of many bug fixes, and many UI tweaks. Please, take the time to download it and give me your feedback. To run it, simply open it from the command line using the following:
java -jar ScenicView.jar
If you’re unfamiliar with Scenic View, you should go to the (rather outdated) Scenic View website. Here’s a screenshot of the latest build on my machine:
If you have any troubles, or any feedback at all, please leave it as a comment on this blog post. Thanks!
August 11?! It’s getting close to JavaOne now – I hope everyone is well underway with their preparations. Sadly I’m not yet started, but I’m sure I’ll get organised in time! 🙂 A bunch of great links awaits you this week. Keep up the great work folks, and keep on making the Java desktop community proud – we’re all in this together.
- Tom Schindl continues to blog about new features in the upcoming release of e(fx)clipse 1.0. This week he has posted about e(fx)clipse support for generating JavaFX Properties accessors, support for LayoutPanes control via CSS, a CSS gradient editor, and drag and drop for e4/JavaFX applications. Tom is doing excellent work here, and continues to contribute back to the JavaFX community via OpenJFX. All I can say is that if anyone is looking for JavaFX support, he is an excellent person to reach out to.
- I am so pleased to see that Johan Vos and his fellow authors have announced that their book, Pro JavaFX 8, has finally been released. Whilst I haven’t yet read the 8.0 iteration, I have read earlier editions of this book and it is an excellent way for people both new and already familiar with JavaFX to increase their skills and to learn new tricks.
- Speaking of Johan, he has also just posted documentation on how to use the NFC functionality on most Android devices from within JavaFX applications that are deployed onto Android devices.
- Adam Bien has released afterburner.fx 1.6.0, a 2.5 class MVC framework. The main feature of this release is asynchronous loading of views and presenters.
- The ReportMill blog has a post detailing their recent improvements to the SnapCode IDE debugger.
- Niels Gundermann has been working on a JavaFX-based 3D editor, and it looks pretty cool! Check it out on his blog.
- The developers behind TiwulFX 2 have posted a developer guide. TiwulFX is a library of components like JFXtras and ControlsFX. You should definitely check it out.
- Pedro Duque Vieira has been working on an FXML-friendly validation framework.
- William Antônio has posted part two of his series on ‘JavaEE, JavaFX and RFID‘.
- I was contacted by an organisation wanting to hire a JavaFX contractor in a full-time, year-long position. If you are interested, please contact me and I will pass along your details.
That’s all for this week. Catch you all again next week! 🙂
A heap of links this week – enjoy! 🙂
- Martin Sladecek, a fellow JavaFX team member at Oracle, has posted on ‘the peculiarities of JavaFX layout‘. This is a must-read for everyone who is using JavaFX layouts.
- David Grieve, yet another fellow JavaFX team member at Oracle, has posted on the new javafx.css.StyleablePropertyFactory that has been added to JavaFX 8u40. This factory class makes it easier to use CSS in your controls by dramatically reducing the StyleableProperty and CssMetaData boilerplate you have to write to make your JavaFX properties styleable.
- Tom Schindl has been working on improving the JavaFX TabPane, in particular adding support for draggable tabs. Firstly, he has posted code that he extracted from his work, that people can use in their own projects. In addition to this, he has been working on bringing API into JavaFX so that the TabPane officially supports this – see RT-19659 for more details (and to offer your thoughts on the API).
- Arnaud Nouard has been working on a cool app – an app called ThreeDOM, which is a 3D viewer of flat 2D user interfaces, inspired by a similar tool that originally shipped as part of Firefox. It would be great to see this app continue to be developed, and possibly integrated into something like Scenic View (which, believe it or not, I’ve been working on recently – and plan to have a new release out in time for JavaOne).
- A video interview with Gerrit Grunwald has just been published online, where he discusses various projects including JFXtras and ControlsFX.
- The JacpFX project has announced the release of JacpFX 2.
- Rob Terp has posted part two on adding a custom JavaFX component to Scene Builder 2.0.
- William Antônio has posted part one of a series on ‘JavaEE, JavaFX and RFID‘.
- With JavaOne nearing, I’ve put up a form for those attending who are interested in getting together for a lunch. More details will follow, but for now register your interest.
- David Gilbert has been busy. Firstly, he announced that JFreeChart 1.0.19 (a free chart library for the Java platform) has been released and includes new rendering hints to improve sharpness across a range of output targets, plus important fixes for the recently added JavaFX support. Secondly, he announced that FXGraphics2D 1.1 (a free bridge class that extends the reach of Java2D code to JavaFX applications) has been released and includes KEY_STROKE_CONTROL rendering hint support, a fix for clipping, a fix for glyph positioning with TextLayout and a fix for a memory leak in the demos.
Catch you all next week!