Friday Apr 03, 2009

Ricoh and Java Developer Challenge

I had a great time at the Ricoh & Java Developer challenge in London. I represented Sun, one of the sponsors of the this University event, and judged the submissions by the five finalists of the contest.

Being the judge was quite an interesting experience. I was truly inspired by the innovation and dedication of the students from Norway, Spain, Germany, France and Hungary that presented projects at the competition. Submissions ranged from Optical Mark Readers, to Context aware Multi Function Printers (MFP) software. Judging had to take into account both technical and business point of views. Hungary (Zoltan Szabo & Balazs Lajer from University of Pannonia) won, by a hair ahead of Germany. Congratulations to all the students and professors involved.

Friday Mar 20, 2009

JavaFX developer challenge

The JavaFX team is ready to deploy the JavaFX developer challenge. Students and developers should already familiar with the concept. Companies such as Google, Adobe and Microsoft have implemented similar contests to get developers to adopt new technologies.

Here are some tips on how to improve your odds of winning:

  • Use NetBeans 6.5 - it will make you more productive
  • Deploy your application on the web, rather than just submitting the sources - JavaFX is all about build rich user interfaces, and the web is the best way to showcase your work
  • Embed you application in a widget that can become viral within social networks. For instance you could use zembly to build and deploy a Facebook application
  • Don't mix and match in your user interface. JavaFX Script provides a different programming model than Java and while you could call Java (e.g. Swing) from the UI, it will likely not look good. The team is building a new set JavaFX UI controls, however this library is not available yet.

 

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