Wednesday Aug 12, 2009

JavaFX student winner Kazuki Hamasaki talks about CalcFX application

Student Views and Reviews recently spoke with Kazuki Hamasaki, developer of CalcFX, and one of the student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Kazuki is an Information and Computer Science student at Kagoshima University in Japan, where he is currently working on research in evolutionary computation. Kazuki began using JavaFX in May, after learning about the contest from a laboratory supervisor at his University. Kazuki used sample programs and API documents to learn the program and said “I thought it would be easy to learn JavaFX, because I had been using Java for research in my school.”

Kazuki found JavaFX's ability to execute on a variety of platforms to be the most useful feature when developing CalcFX. As a result, Kazuki designed CalcFX be platform independent, making it deployable in desktop, web, and mobile environments. Kazuki especially appreciated this feature, because, as he said, “in Java, you have to use a different way for each environment.” He also noted that JavaFX makes the user interface richer, by providing many filter effects on graphics.

Read more of Kazuki's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX, and how he used it to build his winning CalcFX application in a podcast in Student Views and Reviews.

Monday Aug 10, 2009

JavaFX Coding Challenge winner talks with Reviews Interactive

Reviews Interactive recently talked with Evgeni Sergeev, developer of the ShiningEtherFX application that won third place in the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Evgeni is a student at the University of Western Australia, where he is working on an Honors project in computer vision, having recently earned degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Evgeni just started learning JavaFX in May and commented on the short amount of time it took him to learn the program by noting “it's a fast learning process.” Evgeni taught himself JavaFX by using a number of different articles he found online, shown in the full interview below, as resources.

In the interview, Evgeni explained how JavaFX made it easy to develop ShiningEtherFX with helpful features for the end user. For example, to make the workplace draggable Evgeni said “it only took five lines of code or therabouts,” saying “implementing that was a dream.” In general, Evgeni noted that JavaFX “makes it easy to take care of a lot of this sort of functionality that users nowadays expect to see everywhere,” noting that just because a user expects something, doesn't mean it is easier to write, and credits JavaFX with anticipating many common use cases.

Read more of Evgeni's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX, and how he used it to build ShiningEtherFX in a podcast in Reviews Interactive.

Friday Jul 31, 2009

JavaFX Coding Challenge student winner Diego Benna talks JavaFX

Student Views and Reviews recently sat down with Diego Benna, developer of the Real Track Car Race application, and one of the student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Diego is a student at Padua University, Italy where he is studying IT. Diego began using JavaFX in January after reading about it on Sun's Web site. He was immediately “fascinated by the effects and the simplicity of the code,” which was all he needed to try it out and “found that it was very easy to use.” Diego taught himself the programming language by studying the code examples on JavaFX.com.

Diego stated that the most useful aspect of JavaFX in creating Real Track Car Race was “the simplicity in creating a graphical interface.” He also pointed out how easy it was to make a data mashup with JavaFX, which allowed him to design the application to allow users to select their own race route through Yahoo! maps.

Read more of Diego's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX, and how he used it to build his winning Real Track Car Race application in a podcast in Student Views and Reviews.

Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

JavaFX Coding Challenge Grand Prize winner talks about JavaFX and developing Music Explorer FX

Reviews Interactive recently sat down with Sten Anderson, developer of the grand prize winning JavaFX Coding Challenge application, Music Explorer FX. Sten has been working with Java since the late '90s and is currently a Senior Consultant for the software consultancy, Citytech, in Chicago. Sten began working with JavaFX at the time of the preview release, in August 2008. Sten said he learned JavaFX through trial and error, but claimed “I found it fairly easy to get up to speed in the new language, which is more of a testament to the language design than it is my ability to learn new things.”

Sten found that the most useful aspect of JavaFX in developing Music Explorer FX was “its near-seamless integration with the Java language and platform.” Sten also pointed out that he “would not have been able to write the application in the same time-frame without being able to lean on my existing Java knowledge.” Sten noted that as a Java developer he “found the syntax of JavaFX a welcome respite from the more verbose Java language.”

Read more of Sten's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX, and how he used it to build Music Explorer FX in a podcast in Reviews Interactive.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2009

Student winner talks about JavaFX, his winning application

Student Views and Reviews recently caught up with Ramin Mohammadi, developer of the Caesar Photobook Mobile application, and one of the student winners of the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Ramin began using JavaFX in February, and taught himself the programming language using freely available resources on the Internet to include the JavaFX.com Web site, and the free 15-week Java Passion JavaFX course among others.

In our interview, Ramin noted there were many useful aspects to using JavaFX in developing his mobile application, but really appreciated the fact that the development process for creating a mobile application “didn't differ in almost any way with, for instance, the process of developing a web application using JavaFX.”

Read more of Ramin's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX, and how he used it to build his winning application in a podcast in Student Views and Reviews.

Friday Jul 17, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Weekly news recap from Chhandomay Mandal and Maijaliisa Burkert is now available.  Listen to the short segment below to get a quick tour of the winning JavaFX Coding Challenge applications that were announced this week.

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