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Something that you see more and more with client applications at the moment is embedded map components. This blog will show you how to embed Google, Yahoo or Bing maps in your JavaFX application.

Google Maps in JavaFX 2.0

Download a copy of the application and try it out. The jar file is linked below, just download it and double click. This requires you to have the JavaFX 2.0 beta runtime installed.



Download double clickable jar

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In a post from earlier this year I explored the concept of background tasks in JavaFX. If you haven’t yet, you might want to review that article before reading on. For the impatient: JavaFX is currently a single threaded programming language. All code you write in JavaFX occurs on the same thread. Since you don’t want to write an unresponsive application, you need to write long-lived operations on a background thread. The Task API provides a single consistent abstraction which all background operations in JavaFX are based on. This means whether you are computing fibonacci sequences, breaking down protein chains, writing to a database or reading data from disk there is a single consistent programming model and API that your GUI communicates with. And we think this is a pretty good idea. (more…)

In a couple hours Jasper and I will be presenting a talk titled “Enterprising JavaFX” at Devoxx. The main purpose of the talk is to describe how to use JavaFX for writing enterprise application content. Here’s a quick teaser screenshot of one of the apps we’re going to describe:

Jira Dashboard Application

Jira Dashboard Application

We’ll be writing some additional blog posts over the next few weeks describing various tips n’ tricks as to how we used web services in this app, how we wrote the custom list cells, and so forth.

While on vacation I’ve been watching twitter to see what kinds of things people are doing with JavaFX. One thing I’ve seen a fair amount of tweets on that is pretty gratifying is tying JavaFX to backend data services. One project is a port of Cairngorm from Flex to Java/JavaFX. Another was an earlier demo based on Hessian (which needs to be ported to JavaFX 1.2). Another was about integrating Flamingo to JavaFX.

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Another link I found the other day to a blog posting by Vaibhav Choudhary on using the JavaFX 1.2 Charting APIs.
JavaFX Bubble Chart

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