Friday Feb 16, 2007

"Pretty" Java

Not long ago I went to Monrovia (East of LA) to meet the Sun folks working on SOA toolability and runtimes. I gave a demo of Java Studio Creator and also learned about their work on developing a new technology. Like any presentation it's the demo that makes or breaks the deal and I was blown away by what Chris Oliver has shown that day.

The technology is called F3 - "form follows function" (the name will likely change), a declarative Java scripting language, which among other features, enables easy binding of UI element to data. Here is a link to his blog and a demo of F3 in action. F3 takes advantage of Java 2D and Swing and enables developers to rapidly develop "icandi" applications. This technology does a better job than anything else I've seen in exposing the power of Java for developing GUI applications.

There is a lot of interest around this project and perhaps if it becomes open source soon, the community will help the technology evolve to a point where is has critical mass and wide industry adoption. Having support for something like F3 in an IDE, such as NetBeans would also help. I suspect that this will happen shortly :-) Stay tuned.
 

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