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.

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.

Friday Oct 02, 2009

Interview with JavaFX developer Dean Iverson

Reviews Interactive recently chatted with JavaFX developer Dean Iverson. Dean has been writing software professionally for more than 15 years and is one of the co-authors of the recently released Pro JavaFX Platform book. Dean reported that he wrote his first lines of JavaFX code at JavaOne in 2007, and wrote his first JavaFX application in the summer of 2008 on the preview SDK. On the preview SDK Dean built a small Web service client for work that he reports “is still in use today.”

When asked what he liked the most about JavaFX, Dean had a lengthy list of favorites to include: the ability to bind to arbitrary expressions, the declarative syntax, the runtime's CSS-like syntax for styling applications, along with the ability to easily interface with Java code. Dean summed it up by saying: “Suffice it to say that JavaFX has a lot of advanced features, and for me personally it does all this in a way that makes sense. It fits my mind like a glove, so to speak.”

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

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.

Friday Sep 11, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Catch up on Sun news this week by listening to the short segment below as Chhandomay Mandal and Maijaliisa Burkert recap the JavaFX TV platform announcement from Amino Communications as well as the Sun MySQL Enterprise subscription update.


Friday Sep 04, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review

Listen to the short segment below as Chhandomay Mandal and Maijaliisa Burkert review what happened at Sun this week.


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