Friday Jul 24, 2009

Eclipse plugin for JavaFX is on the move

We are in the process of moving the Eclipse plugin for JavaFX, from kenai.com to a more proper place - Eclipse foundation. Developers used to find the plugin at the kenai url, however the download is now available for install in a cleaner way. The process is still a little clunky, however once the plugin becomes an Eclipse project, one would be able to get the plugin through the usual channel, the update center.

Before you can get started with the plugin you'll have to point it to the location of the JavaFX SDK on your computer. Use the preferences (Window | Preferences |  Java | Build Path ...) dialog to set the JAVAFX_HOME varialble. See the screen shot below for more details. In my case the JavaFX SDK has been bundled with NetBeans. No big deal, Eclipse will be able to use this instance.


Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Installing JavaFX plugin in NetBeans "All" distribution

 

Most of the developers that want to learn about Sun's new RIA platform - JavaFX, install the bundle that includes SDK, the NetBeans development environment (which includes a JavaFX Script plugin). On the other hand if you are already a developer that uses NetBeans and have adopted the recently release version 6.5 you have a simple way to add install the JavaFX plugin.

Just use the top level menu of the IDE: Tools | Plugin, tab to "Available Plugins" and look for the JavaFX category, select all entries, install and restart NetBeans.

Nota Bene: One of the advantages of using NetBeans to get started with JavaFX is the availability of samples. Open and File | New Project | Samples | JavaFX and you'll note about 40 samples which range from a series of simple building blocks that show you how to work with shapes, transformation, etc. to more advanced examples that illustrate how to invoke web services, or build a media player.

Saturday Feb 23, 2008

Help NetBeans make a 'clear case' :-)

The NetBeans team just released support for one of the most  popular version control systems (VCS) in the  enterprise - ClearCase. At this point the ClearCase plugin is only available in the current development version of NetBeans: 6.1. Since the support is still experimental, the plugin is available on the update center. In order to try this out, one would have to get a NetBeans dev build.

The details regarding the support for ClearCase can be found here. Rouman blog has even more details.

In my case, I gave NetBeans 6.1 a try for a completely different reason. It is the improved support  for JavaScript. In the previous versions of NetBeans, JavaScript was minimally supported.  Starting last week, I've noticed dramatic improvement. I'll keep a close watch on that and report back.

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