Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Hackergarten at Conferences

In this video interview, senior architects Andres Almiray and Swen Reimers discussed hackagarten event taking place during the conferences. "A hackergarten is group of people coming together for a couple of hours. We decide the open source projects we want to code on. It can be fixing a bug, adding a new feature, creating a screencast, testing features and giving feedback to the project. The goal is to contribute to an open source project" explained Andres.

Devoxx Hackergarten focused on Java EE Lambda projects this year. Swen was the project lead and mentor for the Lambda projects. Some of them worked on JavaFX and Lambda event threads. "We discussed why things would not fit in an API, the lambda syntax, and what is available or not" Swen mentioned. They are running hackergarten around the world. The next ones will be at JFokus, JavaLand and the monthly events in Basel, Switzerland.

Saturday Jan 12, 2013

Spotlight on JavaFX

In three interviews, veteran JavaFX developers Jim Weaver, Gerritt Grunwald, Pär Sikö and Martin Grunnarsson describe their JavaFX journey and their favorite JavaFX features.


Jim Weaver likes to call himself a “Java Technology Activist”. His three top JavaFX 2.2 features are deployment on Linux, Mac OS, Windows and ARM devices, Web View control and native installer running on user’s machine. He is also the editor of the JavaFXcommunity.com. This website “aggregates and provides a common place where JavaFX developers can find resources (downloads, APIs and real world examples) and a blog and twitter feeds.”


Gerritt Grunwald is a software engineer, working on interfaces and UI controls at Canoon Engineering AG. “I use 100% JavaFX today” and “I try to evangelize everybody to use JavaFX”. Gerritt sees great opportunities for JavaFX on embedded devices such as displays at airports or train stations. He presented a demo on how to create JavaFX controls on a BeagleBoard.


Martin Gunnarsson is a designer and front-end developer at Epsilon and Pär Sikö is a Java front-end developer at Jayway. Both JavaFX developers, they are convinced that “we have a very powerful WebView in JavaFX 2”. Their presentation was about how to bring web content into a JavaFX application and how to set up two-way communications between the Java and JavaScript code running in WebView. Their presentation called JavaFX Mashups is available online on JavaOne website.


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