Friday Fun with JavaFX

One of the -very- interesting things about working with JavaFX is that it gives us the ability to build applets (or widgets, if you will) that live in the browser, but can be "torn out" of the browser and plopped into the desktop. Here is a picture of me draging one of the FX samples out of the browser and on to my desktop.

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[Use IE7+ and FF3+ and visit the dragable MP3 player sample or  this sample]

 

Its a very interesting exercise to think of the apps that you are building, and see what this would do for you. Perhaps it lets you build a website and get a desktop version for free. If you were building twitter :), your users could come to  twitter.com, drag the client on to their desktops and now they  have a running instance of a  desktop client. Nice! One thing I would love to get is a little ink dropper like gadget that I could drag to any part of my screen to get a color value. 

As a potential end-user I also like that I can go to some page of my bookmarked widgets and tear away the ones I want for that day or that session.

 As a designer, its really something fun to play with and imagine. What are you building these days, and if it could live on the browser or on the desktop, what cool things would that do for you? What new apps do you think should get built leveraging this capability, to make our lives easier and our fun funner :) 

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your link to the sample is broken.

Posted by watcher on December 05, 2008 at 09:31 AM PST #

fixed - thank you watcher

Posted by Maya Venkatraman on December 05, 2008 at 11:40 AM PST #

Hi all, just want to comment that dragging applets out of the browser is not restricted to JavaFX apps. You can also do this for regular Java apps. See this technical article (http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/javase/6u10_applets/) for more info.

Posted by jeff on December 06, 2008 at 03:17 AM PST #

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