Interview with JavaFX Developer Fabrizio Giudici


Note: This post is the first in a series of ongoing interviews Reviews Interactive is conducting with product experts who use various Sun technologies and blog about their experiences to both share their insight and examples, as well as help other developers better understand these technologies.  Reviews interactive will talk to these experts to discuss new product updates and releases, how they are utilizing the technologies in their current projects, and what they hope to see in the future.

Reviews Interactive recently spoke with JavaFX developer Fabrizio Giudici, a prominent and highly-respected blogger in the JavaFX community who writes regularly for both Java.net and DZone. Fabrizio said he is particularly interested in using JavaFX on mobile devices, which he stated is a great platform to give applications “all the bells and whistles.”

Fabrizio's current work with JavaFX is primarily focused on the open source blueMarine project, which he started several years ago. The blueMarine project encompasses a series of tools to support photographers such as a windRose, an expandable geo-tagging tool which he is looking to leverage for taking notes in the field. Using JavaFX, Fabrizio recently developed and is still testing an application called blueBillMobile, which expands on the geo-tagging capabilities of windRose for birdwatchers. Fabrizio reported that he developed his working prototype of blueBillMobile in only one week, which he says “would have been impossible with Java Micro Edition.”
Fabrizio Giudici
Fabrizio Giudici
When asked how JavaFX would change the way developers create RIA applications, Fabrizio said he sees JavaFX as having the potential to fill a gap between regular programmers and graphic designers, which he noted “would make it possible to create better looking applications and/or reduce the costs for developing a good looking application.” This is particularly important he said because “often excellent software developers, even with a developed taste for fine looking stuff, don't have themselves the skills to create fine looking stuff – but they believe they do, and the results are...well, not so good.

Fabrizio said he is most impressed with the new widgets in the 1.2 release of JavaFX, and also pointed out that because of his interest in mobile development, the addition of portable classes to access local storage was also an important feature. With regards to the future, Fabrizio said he is most interested in JavaFX tools, including the JavaFX Authoring Tool that was recently demonstrated at JavaOne. Fabrizio said he hopes to see “developments in tools for quality assurance, such as testing, static code analysis, coverage reporting and so on – the kind of stuff we got used to in the Java world.”

The complete interview with Fabrizio can be found here.

Comments:

Gentile signor Fabrizio Giudici,
ho vinto il concorso di JavaFX Challenge nella categoria studenti. Mi farebbe tanto piacere poter contattarla per vedere e capire i suoi progetti in JavaFX!
Grazie!!

Diego

Posted by Diego Benna on July 23, 2009 at 03:18 AM EDT #

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