Staying busy with JavaFX!
By Maijaliisa Burkert on Jul 30, 2009
I have been (happily) busy the past couple of weeks with JavaFX-related activities, and the more I write about JavaFX the more resources I seem to find, so I thought I would consolidate some here.
1) I was lucky enough to be the point of contact for the three student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge! It was a GREAT day when I was able to e-mail each student to tell them they had won $1,500! I have also been following up with all three student winners, conducting interviews and podcasts. They were all brave enough to conduct podcasts with me in English and they all did a FANTASTIC job! I am so proud of all of them, so please check out their podcasts! Ramin Mohammadi's was published last week, and I just published Diego Benna's today. I will post Kazuki Hamasaki's the week of August 10-14, having just finished up the interview with him last night. I've also been coordinating with Chhandomay Mandal to interview the grand prize winners. Sten Anderson's (developer of Music Explorer FX and grand prize winner!) interview was published this week, with Evgeni Sergeev coming soon!
2) This week Sun announced NetBeans 6.7.1 now supports JavaFX 1.2! There was a lot of excitement in the blogosphere and Twitterville this week over this announcement and lots of developers are happy to finally have the support of the NetBeans IDE with JavaFX 1.2.
3) I came across two FREE JavaFX learning resources this week -- one is a 15-week course open to students of all ages, the other is a virtual summer camp for kids between the ages of 13-18. The "Summer Camp" for students ends in a few weeks, so please check it out and get your kids, nieces, nephews, friends, brothers, sisters signed up!
Finally, I continue to search out active and influential JavaFX developers to conduct interviews and podcasts with. Tonight, we will interview Stephen Chin of world-renowned WidgetFX fame. Look for his interview to be published on Reviews Interactive in the coming weeks. It will be fun to "meet" Steve over the phone after following him on Twitter and hearing the students talk about how cool they think WidgetFX is!
So, it has ben a very fun few weeks keeping up with JavaFX -- here's to hoping there is much more to come!