By user12610627 on Jul 13, 2009
People who are experts in programming language design, in computer graphics, and in multimedia understand that there's nothing actually new here in what I've presented. It's all pretty standard stuff. However it's also very cool and magical stuff, and our contribution was an attempt to make it generally and easily accessible via the Java platform in a world where it currently isn't - namely that of the pc desktop, the web, and cell phones with multimedia capable hardware.
At the end of the day, on the one hand we have computer systems, and on the other, people, Connecting them together, and allowing people to interact with computer systems in a compelling way, requires graphical user interfaces (which, in turn, implies all that I mentioned above) - this is as relevant to Oracle and Oracle's customers as anybody else. So, although this project was treated in a way that was less than ideal for us, nevertheless I think they'll still have a great opportunity to do exciting things with the Java platform and JavaFX in this domain.
Although you're reading this on my weblog, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention all the people whose work contributed directly or indirectly to this project over the past several years:
- Gerard Ziemski - who was the first developer
- Anthony Rogers - the real visionary behind all of it
- Ken Russell
- Sven Gothel
- John Yoon
- Mo Chicharro
- Chris Campbell, Jim Graham, Alexey Ushakov, and others - whose work provided our gradient shaders, 2d geometry library, and parts of our animation system
- Nandini Ramani - who took the sword for me many times
- Josh Slack and others (Ardor3D)
- Erwin Coumans, Martin Dvorak, and others (bullet/jbullet)
- Per Bothner, Robert Field, Brian Goetz and others (javafxc)
- Ron Perry (Saffron)
Thanks to all for the work you did, and I can honestly say the work itself was a true pleasure.