Waiting for JWebPane


JWebPane is long awaited and would be nice to have, but I'd just settle for having generics in Swing. Sure would be great to have a ListModel<Foo> instead of having to cast everything -- it would at least bring us into 2004.

Posted by Tom Wheeler on February 28, 2011 at 03:37 AM PST #

Off topic, but: http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk7/swing/jdk/rev/7bcb1864f424

Posted by Jesse Glick on February 28, 2011 at 04:10 AM PST #

JWebPane is like ghosts: many people believe they exist, but just a few of them "think" they saw one ;)

Posted by Carlos Hoces on February 28, 2011 at 05:04 AM PST #

That's very interesting, Jesse. I guess I need to download a recent version of JDK7.

BTW, I used the Lobo browser (lobobrowser.org) in a NetBeans Platform application last year. It's not quite what JWebPane is promised to be, but it did work pretty well for simple HTML/CSS.

Posted by Tom Wheeler on February 28, 2011 at 07:43 AM PST #

JWebPane would be very welcome, as I have written:

\* HTML is the juggernaut of our time (SUN has paid a great price fighting it): http://www.jroller.com/dmdevito/entry/html_the_juggernaut_of_our

\* SUN has lost a huge opportunity while not leveraging JWebPane : http://www.jroller.com/dmdevito/entry/sun_has_lost_a_huge

\* HotJava may come back, due to existing, or coming, components, like JWebPane : http://www.jroller.com/dmdevito/entry/hotjava_may_come_back_due

Any release date ?

Posted by Dominique De Vito on February 28, 2011 at 02:13 PM PST #

Hi Geertjan!

Use DJ native Swing with an embedded browser. It works with a charm in NetBeans Platform - or wait for JavaFX 2.0 - called WebView. IMHO, you'll never see a JWebPane...

br, josh.

Posted by Aljoscha Rittner on February 28, 2011 at 03:46 PM PST #

We ( former users of Woodstock Components ) are all waiting for a visual design integration of a powerfull Javascript-Framework like Vaadin is. It is existing already for Eclipse, so why not boost up NetBeans ?

Posted by Hans-Jörg Alles on February 28, 2011 at 04:21 PM PST #

Apparently Geertjan is using Windows Xp for development now. Interesting. What happened to Ubuntu?

Swing Generics: I've long had a set of list, table, and combo box wrappers to address this.

JWebPane: there are a lot of ways to display 'simple' css and html (lobo, flying saucer) which if is fine if you're generating all your html and css. If your app need JWebPane, is really a desktop app, or should it be a web page?

Posted by Bob on February 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM PST #

Bob, I received a new laptop from work and Windows was preinstalled. So, still need to disinfect my system and rejuvenate with Ubuntu.

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on February 28, 2011 at 08:37 PM PST #

I don't just need to display web pages, I need the capability of controlling a browser window (capturing events, programmatically opening/closing, etc.) and, like many, have been waiting for JWebPane for years. At one point fairly recently Sun/Oracle included JWebPane in their long-range NetBeans roadmap, and then it mysteriously disappeared. I fear the game is over for JWebPane, just another short-sighted mid-management fatality.

Posted by ej on March 02, 2011 at 09:00 PM PST #

Here is my version of JWebPane using JavaFX 2.0 WebView embedded in Swing


Posted by a1o1 on March 03, 2011 at 09:08 AM PST #

I need help, please.
Do you have any sample to use, and control a embedded browser, using the nebeans platform?


Posted by willinos on March 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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