A quiet week this week!
Heaps of good links this week – enjoy!
- Johan Vos announced that JavaFX 11 early access builds are now available in Maven Central, and the final release is on track for release in September (with JDK 11). This is really cool as we are getting to the point where JavaFX is decoupled from and able to progress at its own pace, separate from the JDK. There is a short how-to document up on the Gluon website.
- Pedro DV continues to improve JMetro, adding support for TreeView, Tabs / TabPane, and context menu.
- Gerrit Grunwald has two posts this week. Firstly an anchor selector control, and secondly, on rolling gradients.
- Jordan Martinez has announced he is looking for someone to take over maintaining the RichTextFX (and related) projects, as he is moving onto other technologies and won’t have the time going forward. I hope someone steps up, as there is some really cool technology here and it would be a shame to see it abandoned.
- Andres Almiray has two blog posts this week. Firstly about creating aggregate JavaFX bindings, and secondly about using Sass in JavaFX (something that I know Gluon does also with Gluon Mobile).
- Dirk Lemmermann has another JavaFX tip, this time on masking / clipping / alpha channels.
- Tristan Deloche has open sourced Lyrebird, a free, open-source, cross-platform twitter client.
Here are the latest links. Enjoy 🙂
- Andres Almiray has forked JavaFXMDI and created DesktopPaneFX. Both projects are MDI-style components, similar to the JDesktopPane in Swing.
- Gerrit Grunwald has created a really cool GradientPicker control.
- Dirk Lemmermann has published a JavaFX tip on the ‘managed’ property in JavaFX and what it means.
- David Gilbert has released an update to FXGraphics2D, which is a free implementation of the Java Graphics2D API that targets the JavaFX Canvas. It makes it possible to reuse existing Java2D code in a JavaFX application.
- Java Magazine has an article written by Sean Phillips on ‘producer-consumer implementations in JavaFX‘.
- Brian Hudson has blogged about creating a chord diagram in JavaFX.
It’s been a stupendously long time since the last ‘weekly’ roundup, and for that I apologise profusely! I’ve been caught up doing a heap of travelling, getting sick, more travelling, and then trying to fit some work around the edges. Not to mention, I’m also trying to contribute a chapter on JavaFX UI controls to an upcoming JavaFX book. The end result of all of this is excuses and inability to do everything I try to obligate myself to do. On the upside, I’m a Java Champion now – that’s pretty cool, right? 🙂
Whilst I’ve been away I have been doing my best to track the Java desktop landscape, and so I have a lot of links to share today. I will be brief as I am writing this on a Sunday morning 🙂
- As always, Gerrit Grunwald has been super busy. I have no less than seven links to share! Firstly, Gerrit has created some iOS-style controls for JavaFX (useful if used in conjunction with Gluon Mobile, for example), and this code is available on GitHub.
- Gerrit has also been working on a bunch of improvements for TilesFX, his dashboard control for showing overview tiles to users. He has created a new ‘status’ skin, a bunch of other updates (e.g. background images) and bug fixes, some new colour schemes, a new release of TilesFX, and a YouTube video showing some new work on gradient interpolation in a bar gauge.
- Johan Vos has posted to the openjfx-dev mailing list about getting JavaFX 11 snapshots into maven sonatype. This is a great step for JavaFX, as it means that it can be developed at a fast pace and released directly to maven, where it can be added as a dependency in your applications – no longer are you tied to JDK releases.
- Speaking of deployment of applications, Florian Brunner has blogged about ‘the next generation of Java application deployments‘.
- Pedro DV has two posts about his JMetro project (to skin JavaFX UI controls to look like metro controls in Windows). Firstly, he has a recap and a new version announcement, and secondly he has a post about a metro style for the JavaFX TableView control.
- Thomas Nield has open sourced DirtyFX, a library for dirty state-tracking properties and collections for JavaFX.
- JavaFX Days is coming up in December. It’s a three-day conference in Zurich, Switzerland where you can learn all about JavaFX stuff!