Surely one of the biggest announcements at JavaOne 2010 was the new roadmap for JavaFX, laying out the journey towards a 2.0 release that will be radically different from what had gone before -- not so much evolution, as total revolution.
Amidst all the hype of the Sun to Oracle transition over the last week, some of you may have missed a certain announcement by a Cupertino-based firm regarding the imminent release of a computing device they say will fill the gap between netbooks and laptops.
JavaOne is coming up, and with it no doubt a slew of enhancements to JavaFX. Many of you reading will have no doubt dipped your toe into the waters of Sun's new platform, but how well do you really understand the power of its Domain-specific language, JavaFX Script?
One of the most touted parts of the new JavaFX API is the ability to skin UI controls using CSS-like stylesheets. However the current 1.0 release seems to be rather light on skin-aware controls, while documentation and examples seem to be rarer than a woman at a Star Trek convention. (That's my derogatory stereotyping quota used up for this year!)
A C++ programmer walks into a Usenet newsgroup, "I don't see the point of Java!" he announces.
"It allows your code to work on many different platforms...", replies a local Java programmer.
The C++ programmer is unconvinced, "I can already do that with C++", he blusters.
"...without re-compiling your code for each platform", adds the Java programmer with a smile.
There must be a name for that particular form of programming masochism which involves wringing the maximum effect out of the minimum of code. If not, someone should invent one!
I first began coding when the Apple II and Commodore 64 (et al...) opened up computing to the masses.
In recent weeks I've been immersed in the strange and exciting world of the JavaFX Preview release. Some might say up to my neck, although sometimes it's felt more like drowning. JavaFX makes a lot of previously very complex graphics tasks now very simple.
I always assumed the word "jargon" was a reasonably recent addition to the English languages, but a quick glance at the OED gives examples of its use dating back as far as Chaucer. It would seem that man has been uttering "... unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; nonsense, gibberish" for centuries!
Today is apparently Bill Gates' first day away from Microsoft. As he leaves, some have suggested Microsoft's star is now in the descent, as Google's star climbs ever higher. Is this really the case, is Google destined to become the next Microsoft? When a company attains a certain dominance in the market, isn't it hard to unseat them?