Friday Oct 16, 2009

Student developer opinion on JavaFX

Student Views and Reviews recently conducted an e-mail interview with Abhishek Munie, a “long-time” user of the JavaFX programming language. Abhishek has been working with JavaFX since the 1.0 release in December 2008. Abhishek reported that he utilized the learning resources and samples available on JavaFX.com to learn the program. He made regular, steady progress in learning the language and was able to develop and submit a complete application for the JavaFX Coding Challenge which he said “was a great experience.”

While Abhishek said he is still exploring the new features in JavaFX 1.2, he reported that his favorite new tools are the javafx.scene.chart and javafx.scene.control. He also said “screen and javafx.util.math class has made my work easy, but I expected more features to be available in class javafx.stage.” When asked what he would like to add to JavaFX right now Abhishek said, “I would like to improve the way a JavaFX application is deployed and run, and make it faster.”

Read more of Abhishek's interview in Student Views and Reviews.

Monday Sep 28, 2009

Chat with JavaFX student developer

Student Views and Reviews recently spoke with Mambo Banda, a 22-year-old software engineering student in his final year at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Mambo began using JavaFX in September 2008, learning the language in his spare time. He noted that the primary source of information he used in learning JavaFX was the API documentation which he said “is great, it has lots of examples and detailed information.” Mambo said that to this day he still relies on a lot of online blogs to learn JavaFX, such as Jim Weaver's blog, which he noted can have “great JavaFX samples and tips.”

In response to a question asking what he liked most about JavaFX Mambo stated: “I like the whole idea, the whole platform for creating visual applications.” Mambo said he likes the fact that with JavaFX “you can be creative and productive from the moment you pick it up.” Mambo also pointed out that one of the reasons he was drawn to JavaFX was its ability to access Java easily which “allows you to use traditional programming methods without sacrificing anything. Java is a rich language with a lot of years invested in it and you get all that for free in JavaFX.”

Read more of Mambo's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX with Maijaliisa Burkert in Student Views and Reviews.

Thursday Aug 20, 2009

Interview with student JavaFX developer

Student Views and Reviews recently spoke with Chinmay Garde, a JavaFX developer and student in his final year of study at the Manipal Institute of Technology. Chinmay was the grand prize winner of the Code JavaFX India contest and is very passionate about both RIA and Mobile development. Chinmay stated he has been interested in developing RIAs since the release of the early betas of Flex 3 and Silverlight 2, so he has kept a close eye on the development and progress of JavaFX since the release of the preview SDK last year.

Chinmay called the 1.2 release of JavaFX “a major step forward for the JavaFX platform,” He also noted “the most compelling reason to use JavaFX is the ability to interoperate with existing Java libraries...that do amazing things...simply cannot be beaten.” Chinmay said he is looking forward to the release of the JavaFX Authoring Tool, which he believes “is definitely the most important step in achieving the goal of rich user experiences across devices.” Based on the demos he's seen online, Chinmay thinks the authoring tool “will make the designer-developer workflow more seamless.”

Read more of Chinmay's interview and listen to him talk about JavaFX with Maijaliisa Burkert in Student Views and Reviews.

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.

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.

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