Friday May 28, 2010

So long and thanks for all the bugs

After almost ten years I decided to take another opportunity. Today is my last day in SUN Microsystems. It was great ride. I really enjoyed it all the years.

I would like to thank to all my collegues, to all the wonderfull people that I met and was honoured to work with during the last ten years. IMO, I did the best choice in September 2000 when I decided to join the gang. Everything what you've heard about SUN is true. We did kick the butt(s) (to those who deserved it). The people used to be enthusiastic and pationate about their work (and they still are). The company culture... oh man, it's kind of unsharable experience. You could meet legendary people in corridors. And even better you could work or drink with them too. All your ideas could be changed into an innovation. That was the company that I liked and reasons why I joined. Everything changed, of course, however I changed too :) It's time to move.

I hope that I'll meet some of the readers of my blog at me conferences or during my or your travels around the world. I hope that me and my former colleagues will meet once a while to have a beer and to share the news. I'll miss you.

So long and thank you for all the bugs. - Lukas.

Thursday Apr 22, 2010

Beta is here Final release comes soon.

Another Beta, another release. Why should you care? I don't know. I can tell you why I do care. In this release(ok, it's only Beta now) is finally a visual designer (like GUI builder aka Matisse) for JavaFX. We call it JavaFX Composer. There were already a 2 preview releases but now the bits are part of regular NetBeans 6.9 Beta build. No more extra downloads :D And the JavaFX support in NetBeans works with (and only with) the new JavaFX 1.3.

Find more about the NetBeans 6.9 Beta and JavaFX Composer:

Wednesday Apr 21, 2010

Go, Go dances with NetBeans 6.9 Beta

There are some things that I really like on open sourced NetBeans. The project is quite open - in meaning it shares informations with public. We are approaching Beta release. All the Go / NoGo decisions from Quality Assurance department are public an online. As we are testig the final bits of NetBeans 6.9 BETA we provide our results into table at From the history you could find that there were a few re-spins of the Beta. Testing, fixes, re-built, and again...

Right now there is one NoGo for the Beta however the problem seems to be on kenai side therefore we aren't able to do anything with this bug. We should expect the Beta soon when all the infrastructure, upload etc. problems will be solved.

I almost forget to remind you that there will be JavaFX plugins available in this Beta and the latest JavaFX Composer will be part of the build as well. Look for the JavaFX or All distributions.

Tuesday Feb 23, 2010

New blog for JavaFX Composer

As there are more people that could blog about the JavaFX Composer for Netbeans IDE, we decided to create a new team blog. In the blog you should find information, notes and ideas about and around JavaFX Composer.

As I don't want to loose my visitors and subscribers that hold me in 100 most "Popular Blog" at, I'll continue to post some news about JavaFX Composer even in this blog too.

Tuesday Feb 16, 2010

NetBeans 6.9 Milestone 1

NetBeans 6.9 Milestone 1 is out. Do you want to know why there is NO JavaFX support? Read the New and Noteworthy.

Ok, I'll tell you. You'll find the same in the New and Noteworthy anyway. The JavaFX plugins in NetBeans 6.9 will support the next JavaFX SDK that haven't been published yet. And as there is no runtime(SDK) available yet it has no sense to publish the tools. Stay tuned for a "public" release.

Monday Feb 15, 2010

Java FX Composer Preview2

Another milestone of the JavaFX Composer was released just a few hours ago. Get it from the NetBeans Update Center. It works with NetBeans 6.8 Patch1 (do not try it with development build or milestone1 of NB 6.9, please). I'll summarize new features briefly because the wiki pages about the new features is very descriptive and updated.

New and noteworthy:
  • Shapes - you can now add the shapes into your design. Most of the JavaFX 1.2.3 are available (what's missing?). Anyway, don't miss the CTRL+move feature.
  • Animation on States - specify default "interpolar" and "duration" for all animations in a state. It's very easy - look at the tutorial ;)
  • Data Support improved - read AND write. XML, JSON, JDBC, GET or POST. You should try it. Look at demos...
  • JavaFX Effects - with all effects available in JavaFX 1.2.3 SDK, no comment.
  • Colors - now in palette. And in customizer.
  • Templates - the "Exclusively Visible" template has new options. Find out which
  • Charts - experimental for now. However they work. It's a bit complicated for first time however you'll get used to it - look at the tutorial. IMO, we have to create a demo for next Milestone.
  • Samples - a few new ones and improved old ones. Check them online Google Image Search, Twitter Client, Magic Label II

Monday Feb 08, 2010

NetBeans 6.8 Patch 1 - looot of fixes for JavaFX

Patch 1 for NetBeans 6.8 has been released on Friday 2/5/2010. Update your IDE to get the latest JavaFX SDK 1.2.3 and 36 fixes in JavaFX area.

disclaimer: all opinions/comments/ideas in this blog represent my view of the world. They may differ from a view or an opinion of my current/recent/future employer. All feature/product reviews/screencasts or presentations were taken from a parallel universe and are not connected with anything you know if not stated differently.

Friday Feb 05, 2010

[video] Overreacting to Oracle Acquisition

If there were a doubts that the Sun and Oracle are different companies with different approach and different kind of employees then you should see these videos. LOL.
  • Videos: Overreacting to Oracle Acquisition of Sun

    disclaimer: all opinions/comments/ideas in this blog represent my view of the world. They may differ from a view or an opinion of my current/recent/future employer. All feature/product reviews/screencasts or presentations were taken from a parallel universe and are not connected with anything you know if not stated differently.

Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

[interview] JavaFX Composer a Big Step for JavaFX?

I was contacted by Mitch Pronschinske from DZone early this year. The JavaFX Composer team sit down and answered his questions (so they are not just mine but Martin Ryzl, David Kaspar and Rasta Komara as well). You can read the answers at DZone.

Thursday Jan 21, 2010

[demo] JavaFX Composer na CZJUG

Výborně! David Kašpar, který je hlavním mozkem za a vedoucím projektu JavaFX Composer, bude předvádět tuto skvělou novinku na setkání CZJUGu 25.1. 2010. Toto CZJUG setkání bude trošku netradiční, protože se budou představovat takzvané "lightning talks".

Mluvil jsem s Davidem o tom, co bude náplní jeho lightning talku a vůbec nechápu jak to vše hodlá nacpat do svých 7 minut, které mu jsou vyhrazeny. Hlavní důraz bude na demo, které ukáže největší přednosti JavaFX Composeru pro NetBeans. Na všeobecnou omáčku o FXComposeru a povídani o JavaFX mu naštěstí nezbude čas, protože to by mohl vyprávět hodiny. Pár linků : Hint: Pozorně sledujte při demu Davida, protože určitě nasadí svou nejvyšší rychlost a vy pochopíte, proč mu tady říkáme "speedy gonzales".

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