Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

September JFXStudio Challenge winner talks JavaFX with Reviews Interactive

Software architect Mark Nankman was the winner of the September JFXStudio challenge, which required developers to build an application with 30 or fewer lines of code in a single JavaFX file (30 lines as counted by actual lines, or 3,000 characters), with a 'time' theme.  Mark's Pacman clock application took first place and caught the attention of many because of the creativity and complexity demonstrated within the small file.  Mark has several years of experience in Java programming, and has recently turned his focus to Web 2.0 and RIA development, which is how he became interested in JavaFX.  He said he used to develop Adobe Flex front-ends to interact with Java back-ends, but didn't like the fact that it required 3 programming languages!  Turning to JavaFX Mark found that the programming language "makes developing maintainable rich web applications a lot easier."

When discussing Mark's winning Pacman clock application, he noted that it was relatively easy to build, and said he had a functioning product within 30 minutes of starting, stating that with JavaFX "you can do a lot with just a little code."  Mark said he needed to use just a few simple manipulations to keep the code within the 30-line limit, such as using compact SVGPaths, along with several other tricks he listed in his blog.  Overall, Mark noted that he as "amazed at just how powerful JavaFX is."  He reported only having to sacrifice one feature in his application -- the ability to dynamically resize the clock -- which he said simply couldn't be crammed into the 30-line application.

Read more of Mark's interview and listen to a podcast in Reviews Interactive.

Tuesday Aug 25, 2009

Check out JavaFX evangelist Jonathan Giles on Reviews Interactive

Reviews Interactive recently talked with Jonathan Giles, a JavaFX evangelist and software engineer from New Zealand who primarily builds enterprise applications and specializes in user interface/user experience development. Jonathan is a huge fan of Java, and is well-known among Java developers for publishing his 'Java desktop links of the week' on his blog. Jonathan, as a developer of enterprise software, approaches JavaFX with a different perspective, and looks to see the program utilized in various enterprise applications in the form of controls such as buttons, lists, menubars, tables, and trees.

Jonathan is a relatively new developer in the JavaFX environment, and only recently began working with the program after winning a trip to JavaOne in the “Dude, where's my pass?” contest. Jonathan reported that at JavaOne he was “brainwashed” by members of the JavaFX team when they showed him the work that had been done on controls. He stated: “I was pleasantly surprised and for the first time saw huge potential in JavaFX to be a player in the enterprise software arena, as well as in other areas...such as RIA.”

Read more of Jonathan's interview and listen to him talk JavaFX with Chhandomay Mandal here in Reviews Interactive.

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.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

OpenSolaris enthusiast, blogger talks about 2009.06 release

Reviews Interactive recently spoke with OpenSolaris enthusiast and influential blogger Octave Orgeron about the new OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. Octave is a Systems Architect with more than a decade of professional experience in designing, deploying and supporting Solaris solutions for the enterprise. He has been involved with OpenSolaris since the beginning and actively contributes to the OpenSolaris Logical Domains (LDoms) community through blog posts, articles and support.

Octave discussed the new features in OpenSolaris 2009.06 stating “I've found that the desktop integration and increasing amounts of IPS packages to be very helpful and productive for me.” Octave also said that Crossbow and Xen have been “of great interest to me” on the virtualization front. However, he claimed the biggest enhancement personally was the SPARC support because of the work and testing he does on the SPARC platform.

Read more of Octave's interview and listen to him talk about OpenSolaris with Chhandomay Mandal in Reviews Interactive.

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

Developer, blogger Fabrizio Giudici talks JavaFX with Reviews Interactive

Reviews Interactive recently spoke with JavaFX developer Fabrizio Giudici, a prominent and highly-respected blogger in the JavaFX community who writes regularly for both Java.net and DZone. Fabrizio said he is particularly interested in using JavaFX on mobile devices, which he stated is a great platform to give applications “all the bells and whistles.”

Fabrizio's current work with JavaFX is primarily focused on the open source blueMarine project, which he started several years ago. The blueMarine project encompasses a series of tools to support photographers such as a windRose, an expandable geotagging tool which he is looking to leverage for taking notes in the field. Using JavaFX, Fabrizio recently developed and is still testing an application called blueBillMobile, which expands on the geotagging capabilities of windRose for birdwatchers. Fabrizio reported that he developed his working prototype of blueBillMobile in only one week, which he says “would have been impossible with Java Micro Edition.”

Read more of Fabrizio's interview and listen to him talk JavaFX with Chhandomay Mandal here in Reviews Interactive.


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