Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Interview with JavaFX Coding Challenge Winner Sten Anderson

Reviews Interactive recently sat down with Sten Anderson, developer of the grand prize winning JavaFX Coding Challenge application, Music Explorer FX. Sten has been working with Java since the late '90s and is currently a Senior Consultant for the software consultancy, Citytech, in Chicago. Sten began working with JavaFX at the time of the preview release, in August 2008. Sten said he learned JavaFX through trial and error, but claimed “I found it fairly easy to get up to speed in the new language, which is more of a testament to the language design than it is my ability to learn new things.”

Through his years of experience as a developer, Sten has grown convinced that applications are “all about end-user experience,” noting that users will not use any application that isn't perceived as usable. Sten said one of the highlights of JavaFX is its ability to excel “at creating rich, interactive, visual user interfaces which I think are ultimately easier to use.” He described JavaFX as “a DSL for creating compelling user interfaces,” pointing out that “JavaFX makes it easier for a developer to create something good.”
Sten Anderson
Sten Anderson
Sten found that the most useful aspect of JavaFX in developing Music Explorer FX was “its near-seamless integration with the Java language and platform.” Sten also pointed out that he “would not have been able to write the application in the same time-frame without being able to lean on my existing Java knowledge.” Sten noted that as a Java developer he “found the syntax of JavaFX a welcome respite from the more verbose Java language.”

As a career Java developer, Sten noted when comparing RIA platforms, that “Java FX is 'better' simply because it's Java.” He said it all boils down to that fact being JavaFX's winning differentiator: “Since JavaFX plays so well with Java, its newness is compensated by the extreme age and maturity of the core Java platform.” He said it also gives Java developers a way to utilize their existing skill set when developing RIAs, by letting them stay “closer to home,” giving them the option to stay within the “Java Ecosystem.”

The complete interview with Sten can be found here.

Monday Jul 20, 2009

eWEEK: NetBeans IDE 6.7 Provides Effective Integration with Project Kenai

eWEEK’s Jeff Cogswell reviewed NetBeans IDE 6.7, concluding that while NetBeans 6.7 is a .7 release in name, it “includes so many new features it could rightfully receive a full version increment.” Jeff spent the majority of his time testing NetBeans’ integration with Project Kenai, a new feature he called “one of the biggest improvements.”
The reviewer, who had in the past experienced frequent difficulties with “getting a new project installed on a new developer’s computer,” wrote, “Now, with the NetBeans IDE, you can easily avoid such problems” by creating a project and uploading it to Kenai.

Jeff also praised the ability for developers to access various Project Kenai features such as full support for source code repositories directly through the NetBeans IDE, “without the need to interact with the site itself.” He also made special mention of NetBeans’ convenient chat software, which he called “pretty handy for communicating with the project members in real time.”

After thoroughly testing Kenai integration and running into very few problems, Jeff offered a final verdict: “All-in-all, I had a good experience with the Kenai integration into NetBeans IDE.

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

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 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.

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Recent JavaFX reviews from developers

1. Inkscape and JavaFX - Almost There -- Lucas Jordan's Blog, 6/16
Lucas Jordan has looked into whether JavaFX content can be exported from Inkscape or GIMP based on a question presented to his panel at JavaOne. After some research, he discovered Inkscape does, but with a great deal of limitations. He explains his test results in-depth and notes that while it is far from perfect, "this is a really good start, and it is excellent to see JavaFX included in Inkscape at all."
2. A Game Programming Perspective -- The JavaFX Journey, 6/16
The blogger explains why he believes JavaFX is a good gaming framework/engine, and why the 1.2 release helps enable that in this in-depth post. He says "The future of good interfaces is in widgets, fluidity, and maximizing the users productivity. JavaFX gives you the tools to create a truly unique experience, and will let you re-use your existing Java code."

3. Learning JavaFX --, 6/14
John O'Conner confesses that he stopped tinkering with, reading about, and writing about JavaFX several years ago believing "JavaFX wasn't ready for prime time." However, he now says "JavaFX certainly seems to be the future of desktop applications," and that for developers who want to continue developing Java desktop user interfaces, "the future is JavaFX."

4. JKstat meet JavaFX -- The Trouble with Tribbles, 6/14
Blogger Peter Tribble was excited at the new availability of JavaFX for Solaris and OpenSolaris and decided to try using JavaFX to make a graphical front-end to JKstat. Although he was able to integrate JKstat and JavaFX, he notes a number of issues he encountered getting it to work to include JavaFX not supporting either Java Collections or Generics, as well as not being able to put the jni shared library directly into the right JavaFX library directory.

5. Installing JavaFX -- Learning JavaFX, 6/13
The blogger writes that there are "3 easy ways to get started with JavaFX Script," noting that although it's very easy to use JavaFX from NetBeans "you have plenty of other options too." He then lists the options to getting all the "tools" necessary to get started with JavaFX.

6. Why JavaFX fits the bill for RIAs -- IT Knowledge Exchange, 6/12
Jan Stafford has posted a video in which she talked with authors Jim Clarke and Eric Bruno about JavaFX. She notes that in the interview they explain how JavaFX "simplifies and improves the RIA development process."

7. JavaFX and Google Maps -- StartClass 0830, 6/11
The blogger writes that he has recently "taken a very keen interest in JavaFX" stating that his "exploration with JavaFX has been very fruitful." He notes JavaFX "is really easy to pick up and to be productive with it in a matter of hours," and then demonstrates a project in which he incorporates Google Maps into a JavaFX application.

8. JavaFX Script as a general purpose language? --, 6/11
Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein writes in this in-depth analysis that the Java language has come to a dead-end," and says "JavaFX script really could be a very viable candidate to the role of successor or companion to Java as a language for implementation of full Java applications."

9. JavaFX binding is neat, but ... beware --, 6/11
Fabrizio Giudici writes that he likes binding a lot, but has found some adverse effects that can arise out of its use in JavaFX. He gives an example of how an external class has broken even though it was fine by itself noting "we have injected a problem," and continues to say "this is a worse breakage than breaking information hiding in Java by getters/setters."

10. First look at JavaFX 1.2, Part II --, 6/10
Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein has been testing JavaFX 1.2 using a series of benchmarks and has noted the "results are surprising," and that "we can see interesting potential (in JavaFX 1.2)."

Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's Developer Reviews

JavaFX 1.2 drove several positive review and tips blogs this week, starting with a blogger who decided to try it after hearing Larry Ellison's encouraging comments at JavaOne. He noted, “I definitely had a much more pleasant experience with JavaFX than I was expecting,” and said “it is one of the better documented developer technologies out there with no lack of tutorials.” A blogger upgraded to JavaFX 1.2 to continue working on a mobile JavaFX app he was developing, then published a second post with user tips saying “JavaFX is great for the UI…it’s also a good candidate for writing controllers.”

Bloggers eagerly discussed NetBeans upgrades and tips, and Sunny Talks Tech kicked it off by urging readers to go download the “shiny and new NetBeans 6.7 RC2.” The author at MySpace Pros reviewed 22 different IDEs and concluded of NetBeans, “This open-source IDE is a sweet deal: whether you’re developing in PHP, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, or something else, you’ll find rich editing features, as well as support for FTP and MySQL.” Finally, a NetBeans Zone blogger said, “NetBeans has got improved IDE support for JavaFX, beyond the SDK update -- much improved.”

VirtualBox positive reviews were in full swing this week – starting off with who recommended using VirtualBox as a “completely free replacement for the popular virtualization software VMware,” noting that because VirtualBox is dedicatedly supported by Sun it “ensures that it always meets professional quality criteria.” Blogger Rkania was disappointed with VMware as it could not support the Compiz effects in Ubuntu, she then found that VirtualBox could handle the task. Finally, an App your Mac blogger wrote that despite being free, VirtualBox “is still feature rich, and equals its rivals in a variety of ways.”

OpenSolaris 2009.06 received a stellar review in ZDNet, titled, “Getting Better All The Time,” by Jason Perlow. Jason said, “OpenSolaris 2006.09 is indeed a significant release for the project and is an excellent enterprise workstation and server OS, and I’m looking forward to tracking future progress of the developers working on it.” Blogger Ganesh Navingre commented this week on DTrace, calling it a wonderful concept available for programmers to utilize for debugging purpose.”
The functionality of drew positive reviews from Linux Journal and blogs this week, as reporter Bruce Byfield walked through the process of creating a query in any database set up in Base. Bruce concluded that Base queries “are simple enough that anybody can use them.” Potpiegirl blogger also provided OO.o tips by writing a tutorial on how to create a PDF Ebook through, noting when using OO.o “all the links WILL work...they will all 'take' and work great.”

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

From JavaOne 2009 Memory Lane...

JavaOne Radio
Yours Truly, Gail Anderson and Paul Anderson at the JavaOne Radio Booth

This year at JavaOne, I hosted couple of segments in our JavaOne Radio. The picture above is from one of the JavaFX book sessions -- authors Gail and Paul Anderson were talking about JavaFX and their new book. I had another discussion with authors Eric Bruno and Jim Clarke on JavaFX and the book "JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications." Check these and other good JavaFX books (like this one) if you are planning to learn about JavaFX. The JavaOne Radio segments are below.

I have to admit that the most cool thing I saw at JavaOne 2009 had nothing to do with software though -- it was a plug adapter-sized "computer." It was suprising (to me) to see how much compute power and memory these guys had put in such a small form factor. It was fun talking with the "plug computer" guys at the show. (And the BlogTalkRadio stats show that it was one of the highest listened to segments as well.)

Monday Jun 08, 2009

At a Glance: Last week's OpenSolaris, JavaFX and NetBeans Reviews

OpenSolaris 2009.06 received positive hands-on reviews this week, with Phoronix’s Michael Larabel concluding, “We have been testing out OpenSolaris 2009.06 this morning and so far, it looks like a nice update.” Michael also posted a benchmark review of OpenSolaris 2009.06 compared with OpenSolaris 2008.11, finding improvements across the board. OpenSolaris
Engineers from Intel and IBM gave rave reviews of both OS’s, with Intel software engineering manager David Stewart saying, “Kudos to whomever set up the web infrastructure for day-of-launch [of OpenSolaris 2009.06]. (I think Intel could learn something from you guys).” IBM expert Ken Milbert discussed benefits of Solaris 10, noting it “compares favorably in many ways to JFS2 from AIX and VxFs from HP.”

JavaFX 1.2 received a strong welcome from developer bloggers this week. The JavaFX Journey blogger wrote, “The code is getting better and better…If they keep up these performance increases, no one will be able to touch them.” Jethro Grassie echoed this when he said that the update to JavaFX is “just what I was hoping for and more.” In regards to specific product features, the blogger of Exploding Pixels wrote that he was “happy to see many more UI controls included in this latest release of JavaFX.”

NetBeans maintained a strong presence among developers, starting with blogger Logan who said, “Netbeans it's very easy to define your own templates…I've recently picked up Netbeans 6.7 RC1 and will be actively using it for my JRuby/Ruby projects.” NetBeans
Blogger Wille said, “When switching to NetBeans I was pleasantly surprised by how its UI had turned, well, modern.” Finally, another blogger discussed the top features he found in NetBeans that allowed him to become “instantly productive.”

Tuesday May 12, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's OpenSolaris, VirtualBox and NetBeans Reviews

OpenSolaris and ZFS had blogs buzzing last week, starting off with a look at OpenSolaris 2009.06 from Phoronix’s Michael Larabel who called out several feature improvements. Michael highlighted the Image Packaging System, ZFS snapshot time-slider and new desktop artwork, as well as saying the new “Firefox package is bleeding edge.” OpenSolaris
Blogger Simon shared an extensive post about his experiences using Solaris and ZFS on a home fileserver, concluding that he “learnt a lot over the last year about ZFS, and using it has convinced me that I made the right choice in selecting both Solaris and ZFS.”

Gabe Reys, a Solaris systems administrator for a multi-national company, published almost 40 posts to date. His topics include everything from helpful tips on using global and non-global zones in Solaris, to managing ZFS filesystems, to basic and advanced uses of DTrace.

Sun xVM VirtualBox
VirtualBox 2.2 continued to garner positive blogger reviews this week, as Brighthub’s Steve Mallard gave VirtualBox a 5 out of 5 rating in his review that said installation was “straightforward and easy.” Steve also noted that, “VirtualBox has dozens of options and features found in virtualization software that cost hundreds of dollars…the value of virtualization cannot be stressed enough.”

Blogger Tom Puleo said he was really happy with VirtualBox, and “when given the chance, will choose it over Virtual PC or VMware.” He said he liked VirtualBox because it is “fast” and “great for day to day use.”

Blogger Carl reported that he has experimented with a lot of virtualization software and had “come to like VirtualBox best.” After switching his Windows XP virtual machine from VMware to VirtualBox, Carl says “I'm not likely to switch back from VirtualBox any time soon.”

NetBeans 6.7 was the focus of several positive reviews this week, with Dean at Grails Blog saying that the 6.7 Beta is a great release for the Grails community. Dean noted, “NetBeans' support of Grails functionality is nearly on par with that of IntelliJ 8.1.”
The blogger from stated that the new release of NetBeans has excellent support for PHP, and highlighted key aspects such as syntax highlighting, a navigator, and code folding, as well as “nice support for PHP debugging.”

Blogger Brian Silberbauer discussed how when he’s teaching a course on JEE, he begins with NetBeans. He noted, “This is a great help to the students as it gives them the overview of what we will be working with and shows them how quick and easy it is to create a JEE application in NetBeans - It takes the complexity fear out of them (to a certain extent).”

Tuesday May 05, 2009

Recent JavaFX reviews from developers

1. Flex vs. JavaFX -- alexonrails, 4/28
Blogger Alexis Tejeda describes JavaFX as the "Flash of Java" but with a layer that allows you to customize features to improve user experience on the front end while allowing you to make the application more visually appealing.
2. The Future of JavaFX -- lodgON, 4/27
Blogger Johan Vos says that as a software developer, there is a clear benefit to using JavaFX. He says using JavaFX means that in web-based projects he can focus on the functionality, and not the coding. Johan says that the more projects his group develops on JavaFX, the smaller the total cost compared to a project with standard web technologies, which allows for more customers to afford interactive sites.

3. JavaFX: I'm Starting To Believe --, 4/27
James Sugrue believes that one of JavaFX's main strengths is "the type of user interfaces that are possible." He says that the more examples of JavaFX he sees, the more he is "starting to believe that it has its place for Java developers."

4. Groovy and JavaFX, more useful together? -- LEXECORP, 4/26
Alex Garrett is playing around with using both JavaFX and Groovy in a project because he likes the scripting language of Groovy but loves the "eye-candy capable JavaFX." He concludes that while it may not be a marriage made in heaven, he enjoyed it because he wants to develop a "beautiful looking product" that he can get with JavaFX.

5. JDK 6u14 almost ready at b05; Making Java load faster and lighter -- Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein's Blog, 4/24
Osvaldo Pinali is interested in anything that will allow Java to load faster and consume less resources, and compares to previous benchmarks the new JRE 6u14b05. After testing, Osvaldo still believes that JavaFX apps can still get rid of further Swing dependencies, perhaps with some Swing classes, which he suspects might be possible by refactoring the repository to not be hardwired to Swing classes.

6. JavaFX Finally Peaks My Interest -- Dominic Da Silva's Blog, 4/23
Dominic Da Silva recently attended a talk by Jim Clarke on JavaFX and was "impressed" with the JavaFX language, particularly the ability to drag an in-browser JavaFX applet out of the browser and have it run on the desktop, even after the browser closes. Dominic thinks "JavaFX can have a good future with the right marketing and the support of the community."

Monday May 04, 2009

At a Glance: Last week's NetBeans, OpenOffice and MySQL reviews

Blogger Sean discovered the powerful profiling engine in NetBeans, which helped him understand the memory usage and consumption of each property, method call and object instant in his program. Programming Blogs posted about integration with Project Kenai in NetBeans 6.7 Beta. Another Programming Blogs writer said the NetBeans IDE provided a Web Services Manager that supported SaaS applications and it was much easier for Java developers to access all the popular SaaS services on the web. Blogger Carl McDade tried many of the FOSS IDE’s and editors and settled on NetBeans for erlang development, then provided instructions to set up NetBeans to get syntax highlighting and debugging with detailed explanations. NetBeans
The blogger at SoftSailor highlighted some of the program features in and says the “great advantage” of this suite is that the interface is similar to MS Office, which makes it easy for a user to “switch sides” without having to re-adapt to a completely different environment. Peter Jaques urged people to try because, “it's basically 99% compatible, and I bet you won't need Microsoft at all. Really!” Blogger Brendan Vittum wrote a tutorial on how to create a database shell in BASE, saying “users of all levels, novice, intermediate, or expert will find the collection of Wizards, Design Views, and straight SQL Views an intuitive means of creating and modifying tables, forms, queries, and reports.”

Despite some of the concerns floating around the MySQL Conference, Linux Magazine wrote there was good news coming out of the event. The article noted the MySQL developers stated they will return to a 'release early, release often' schedule, and the pending 5.4 release has a number of features worth keeping an eye on. A writer at the MySQL Performance Blog noted that he had a chance to take a look at TokuDB and run some benchmarks. The blogger reported that tuning TokuDB was much easier than InnoDB, and that there were only a few parameters to change. Core Security Patterns Weblog discussed how enabling SSL/TLS based MySQL connections ensure trusted communication between MySQL clients and the database server. MySQL

Friday Apr 24, 2009

JavaFX how-to articles from developers

1. Is August Lammersdorf a Propller-Head? (JavaFX meets Java 3D animation) - James Weaver's JavaFX Blog, 4/17
James Weaver revisits the work of August Lammersdorf of, who is "developing infrastructure that connects Java 3D and JavaFX, in which the 3D canvas is rendered in a lightweight component." James says that August's work will make it easier for developers to create applications in JavaFX that feature a Java 3D universe, and takes a look at a piston and propeller in a virtual space rendered on puzzle pieces in JavaFX.
2. Project Goliath: Part 3: SoundKit - JavaFX BBC Micro Sound Emulation Demo - Peter Pilgrim Java Champion Enterprise Weblog, 4/17
Peter Pilgrim has been working hard on part three of Project Goliath, which is a "shoot-em-up" arcade game written in JavaFX. For this part of the project Peter has recreated a BBC sound emulator in JavaFX, and gives a complete rundown of the demonstration, and how he utilized numerous JavaFX components in its development.

3. Deploying Swing and JavaFX applications to the masses - JavaWorld, 4/21
Blogger Java Jeff writes that JavaFX's success depends largely upon how easily the user can install JavaFX on their platform and launch JavaFX applications with ease. So, he tested several deployment exercises and discusses his ease-of-installation and reliability findings for four different browsers in addition to an oddity he found in the JavaFX 1.0 and 1.1 compilers, where he was able to invoke functions that do not exist.

4. JavaFX, it has merit - LEXECORP, 4/20
Alex Garrett, who last reported on his struggles with the JavaFX language, started trying out the graphics this past weekend and has determined that "graphics is certainly JavaFX's forte." He compared a mock version of his application created in Groovy to one in JavaFX and said the Groovy version is "ugly as sin" while the mockup in JavaFX has "sparkle."

Monday Apr 20, 2009

At a Glance: Last week's JavaFX, OpenSolaris and MySQL reviews

JavaFX continued its strong introduction to the developer blogs. IBM developer/blogger Bob Balfe called JavaFX the "most pervasive platform in the world," and discussed it being an Adobe Flash killer. He concluded saying, "I am sure we will be hearing more about JavaFX in the near future." The blogger from Softified gave a thorough introduction to JavaFX, as well as tips for downloading, coding, and sample applications.

OpenSolaris and ZFS received positive praise from bloggers this week. The blogger from Me, Myself and I said that the Solaris version of the Cg Toolkit was a "nice Solaris package" that worked "flawlessly" in OpenSolaris. He also noted he "can't wait for the native Skype port, especially for OpenSolaris." Blogger Teodor Milkov discussed operating systems supporting DTrace, highlighting Solaris and OpenSolaris. After installing he said that "everything was smooth... I was thinking about playing with ZFS these days anyway."

MySQL use in the enterprise was the focus of a post from Enterprise Systems this week, discussing the scalability of MySQL for business use. Author Richard Cooley said that "MySQL is scalable if you look at the entire architecture and not just at the database tier," noting that prominent MySQL users include Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and WordPress. "If these companies can run portions of their companies on MySQL so can you."

Monday Apr 13, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's OpenSolaris, VirtualBox and NetBeans Reviews from Developers

The announcement of OpenSolaris on Toshiba notebooks drove a lot of positive blog coverage, with users celebrating the new availability and functionality. One blogger said that with pre-installed "outstanding technologies" like ZFS Time Slider and Songbird, users could get started right away. Another blogger using his Toshiba M10 laptop with OpenSolaris was "overall happy with it so far." Finally, another blogger commented that with this new availability, he would "surely hope to see OpenSolaris getting the kind of attention and support needed to really be fun on a notebook."

Sun xVM VirtualBox
The VirtualBox 2.2 launch was accompanied by several reporters and bloggers discussing the key features in the update.

ZDNet UK's Matthew Broersma highlighted the OVF support, as well as support for Windows 7, Snow Leopard, and other performance improvements.

Discussing other versions of VirtualBox, bloggers Josef Barron and Aman Hardikar both noted the ease of use they found with the software, and blogger Garrett Meiers summed up his experiences with testing VirtualBox by saying, "Everything went flawlessly... To be frank, I love it."

Both current and new NetBeans versions received strong developer support on blogs. After downloading NetBeans 6.7 M3 and installing Python plugins, Austrian blogger Ewald Ertl said, "I was really surprised about the functionality," and went on congratulate the plugin team.

Another blogger, who just developed his first NetBeans plugin, commented, "I know this plugin still needs further development to be more useful, I am happy that I could make something run inside NetBeans."

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Recent JavaFX how-to articles in, JavaWorld, ...

1. Using JavaFX Mobile to Combat Device UI Fragmentation -, 4/3
Jim White provides a beginner's guide to JavaFX Mobile development, noting that JavaFX 1.1 is a powerful tool for building rich UIs across a multitude of clients and provides mobile emulation for developing JavaFX Mobile applications.
2. Reducing JavaFX's memory footprint via a CustomNode alternative - JavaWorld, 4/7
Blogger JavaJeff shares his source code around building a JavaFX CustomNode alternative with an eye for reducing JavaFX memory overhead.

3. JavaFX on Linux -- Hackbart, 4/3
The blogger shows how he set up his infrastructure for JavaFX to compile on Linux.

4. Creating a Media Player with JavaFX -- Jigish Thakar, 4/6
Jigish Thakar explains that the JavaFX Media concept is based on entities such as media, Media Player and Media View.

Sunday Apr 05, 2009

At a Glance: This week's JavaFX, VirtualBox and NetBeans Reviews

Paul Leahy informed readers that JavaFX 1.1.1 was released last week, highlighting additional samples, calling one a "page turner." Paul also mentioned the JavaFX Coding Challenge. The blogger from The JavaFX Journey took a look at JavaFX and commented that the syntax in the RIA was "absolutely amazing," adding that the tool also provided a lot of benefits over existing technologies.

Sun xVM VirtualBox
After an initial test of VirtualBox a few years back the blogger from VMWare and xVM gave it another try and was amazed to see that it not only ran just FreeBSD, but other OSes as well. He notes, "Sweet. Seems after the acquisition, Sun couldn't resist improving it."

Larry from LEHSYS highlighted Sun Microsystems for providing a "perfect solution" in VirtualBox.

Blogger Keith from The Tech Blog noted that following an article on VirtualBox, he did a quick download and installation, stating that everything hit off "like a rocket." He also said, "You will like it. Oh, and it handles video like no body's business along with 3D acceleration."

Antonio from LambdaBeans updated readers about the upcoming release of NetBeans version 6.7, and wrote that the latest upgrade included improved support for inter-module dependencies. Kapil Sharma recommended the use of NetBeans to create, test, debug, and deploy JavaFX applications for the desktop, browser and mobile platforms. In Ignite Real-time, Sam Halliday noted that he discovered the "awesome collaborative editor feature" in NetBeans. And after hearing about some "great stuff" in the latest version of NetBeans, this Unseen blogger concluded, "this thing absolutely rocks for PHP development and is packed with features." NetBeans




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