Thursday Jul 30, 2009

Staying busy with JavaFX!

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!

Friday Jul 17, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay and I talk about the winning applications of the JavaFX Coding Challenge.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Developers create amazing applications with JavaFX!

Check out the amazing applications that were awarded top prizes in the JavaFX Coding Challenge!

First place and $25,000 dollars was awarded to Sten Anderson, a Software Engineer from Chicago, who created Music Explorer FX. Music Explorer FX is a visual tool for discovering new music. The user starts by choosing their favorite artist and embarks on a musical journey, based on recommendations from the application. Up to six recommendations are given for each artist, so no two journeys will be the same. The application gives the user access to music, images, and links to videos, Twitter feeds, reviews, news, and blogs.

Second place and $10,000 dollars was awarded to Naoaki Suganuma, an Engineer from Japan, who created Lifescope. Lifescope is an interactive RIA that allows one to view information the user has recorded and input into the application. Lifescope supports data such as photos, events, and maps. Lifescope can be explored in a variety of ways to include via the main life map view, a winding road that allows the user to easily sort through years; as a detailed event view which describes individual recorded events, displays photos, maps, and the names of friends involved in various events; as a map of how all the user's friends are interconnected; and as a slide show of all the photos throughout the program.

Third place and $5,000 cash was awarded to Evgeni Sergeev, a student at the University of Western Australia, and the developer of ShiningEtherFX. ShiningEtherFX is a tool for quickly designing attractive backgrounds for slides, web page headers, and brochures. The application paints on multiple layers, each of which has a path curve and a profile. The layer is rendered by moving the profile along the path, and multiple layers are superimposed to create the final image. The complete rendered image can then be copied onto the user's clipboard.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all of the developers who submitted their JavaFX applications.

To get the details on the student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge go to Student Views and Reviews.

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