On my wordpress blog, I've composed yet another digest of JavaOne highlights.
I'm relocating to wordpress: amyfowlersblog.wordpress.com.
My inaugural entry is on (no surprise) JavaFX 1.3 Layout - come over and say hello.
Though I've yet to receive my red pill or my blue pill, I cannot let this eve pass without a formal farewell to the company I've called home since college. Just the other day I came across my original Sun badge while cleaning out an old box:
Two Worlds Collide
On the one hand, JavaFX's powerful scene-graph and animation engine enables gamer types to
rapidly create dynamic visual scenes that are functionally expressed through binding and triggers and timelines.
On the other, it's growing controls and charts libraries clearly stake out a more traditional GUI turf.
Even before I started working on the JavaFX project, there were a handful of very brave outside individuals who have dedicated tremendous energy to tracking our bleeding edge. I've had the pleasure of working with two of them in particular, Stephen Chin and Jim Weaver, and I'd like to call attention to their JavaFX book (hot off the press):
This is the first in a series of articles to cover layout for JavaFX 1.2. We changed the api a bit (for the better of course), but that hasn't made it any easier to explain. However, if you're an impatient reader and want to cut to the chase, I recommend jumping to the tailing section Bounds in Practice.
Some of us are just driven to create; we arn't happy unless we are making something - houses, software, furniture, blogs, chocolate cake. Turns out that software engineering is a pretty good gig for such a person (modulo the perils of skill-set depreciation).
Injecting the "extreme" into this year's GUI Makeover session at JavaOne, Jasper's finale of blowing up junk email with rocket explosions was really fun and of course completely absurd.
To follow up my article on JavaFX layout, I'll be presenting a section on layout at our JavaOne session on FX UI Controls. At this session, Richard, Jasper, and I will talk in detail about new apis which make it easier to build amazing interfaces:
- TS-5578 The New World: JavaFXâ„¢ Technology-Based UI Controls
Thursday June 04 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM North Hall 124
Don't believe anyone who tells you that you don't need layout management for rich internet applications.