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Blog Archive for editor during February 2009

JavaFX 1.1 hits the road If you've visited the JavaFX home page and watched the videos there, you've probably noticed the graphic theme: a colorful ribbon that weaves through the outlines of a mobile phone, a television, and a desktop computer. The idea, of course, is to evoke the idea of "the screens of your life". Thing is, until today, JavaFX was a desktop technology, not one for the...
Guarded optimism for JSR 299 JSR 299 has been undergoing rapid-fire changes in the face of deadlines to get into Java EE 6 (which, as JSR 316, is up for a public review ballot next week). Just last month, it changed names from "Web Beans" to "Java Contexts and Dependency Injection", dropped the notion of being run inside anything other than EE, changed its packaging, and made a bunch of...
Figuring out common tasks shouldn't be so hard Tim Boudreau relates the story of a "Java newbie" who posted to the nbusers list the simple question "I want to put an image into an AWT frame. What component do I use?" Tim notes that it's easy enough to do by writing your own custom subclass of Canvas to override paint() and draw the graphic. He also points out that there's a deeply non-...
Keeping on your customers' radar The last time I noticed a reference to Red Hat, it was in Forbes' list of the 25 fastest-growing U.S. tech companies, a list largely dominated by smaller start-up companies (since it's a lot easier to double your sales when they're small to begin with). So it was rather surprising to see a "Red Hat is a dinosaur" argument in today's blogs. But Tim Boudreau...
JavaFX goes mobile... without "JavaFX Mobile" A year and a half ago, James Gosling pointed out that increasingly-powerful mobile devices meant that things were converging on SE, a point that led to a bunch of "ME is dead" misinterpretations that he then needed to correct. In a sense, we're seeing the same thing play out in JavaFX. Initially, "JavaFX Mobile" was announced as a separate...
The future of Swing in JDK 7 A few days back, we noted Jonathan Giles call for a Swing 2.0 that would primarily focus on cleaning up relics and anti-patterns in the decade-old GUI toolkit. Of course, we weren't the first or only ones to link to Jonathan's blog, and the discussion has prompted Danny Coward to put out an official statement on where Sun sees Swing going in the future. Over at...
JCP special election nominations The JCP has announced the beginning of the special election to fill a vacated seat on the Mobile Edition JCP Executive Committee: The nomination phase will continue until 17 February 2009. This Micro Edition EC seat is for a term ending in December 2010, and will fill Intel's vacated seat on the Java ME EC. If you are a JCP member, you can nominate your...
Calling for a Swing cleanup A number of Java blogs and news sites are linking to Jonathan Giles' Java Swing 2.0 blog: I believe that there is a need for a proper Swing 2.0 which is not JavaFX-based, but a true, desktop focused, Java (the language)-based framework. My vision is one shared by numerous others, and in a brief discussion (via twitter no-less), a number of us enumerated what we...