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Blog Archive for joshy during December 2007

Another Christmas will be here soon and it promises to be a good one I received my Christmas present early when JavaFX and the Consumer JRE (now Java SE 6 Update N) were announced in May. I immediately joined the new JavaFX tools team and started hacking on our new designer tool. The new tool is proceeding smoothly and I can't wait for the day we unveil it; but today is not that day, nor any...
I'd like to take a second out of my usual technical blogging to discuss something important. Sun recently launched two new open source projects: the Scene Graph and PDF Renderer projects. In both cases some readers wondered why Sun felt the need to start new projects rather than contribute to or recommend existing open source and commercial projects. Is Sun opposed to commercial Java software...
Last week I told you we had a secret new open source project to release. Think of it as an early Christmas present. A project that you've never heard of and has nothing to do with JavaFX (which is partially untrue, but I'll get to that in a second). Well, it's almost the end of the week so here is the secret. You can listen to MP3 announcement (played on stage at the JavaPosse's JavaPolis...
Today Sun announced the open sourcing (GPL) of the new Java scene graph that underlies JavaFX script. And I'm very, very excited about it. What is a Scene Graph? First, you may be wondering: What is a scene graph? It's a retained mode API. This means that you pass shapes and other graphics objects to the library and let it draw them on screen whenever a refresh happens. The API retains the...
Since I joined the JavaFX team a few months ago I have spent some of my free time creating demos and learning the language. Most of my demos have been simple single class applications that highlight a particular language feature or graphical effect. After a while, though, I decided to write something bigger to prove it could be done and really stress test the language. As a result of feedback...
As we head into the holiday season I'm feel pretty upbeat about the state of client Java. There are many challenges ahead, but things are better for client developers than they have been in close to a decade. Before I dive into the future let me do a quick recap. NetBeans 6 final just went out the door, including many GUI builder improvements like the new menu designer, super easy multiple...