I just flew back from Australia where I spoke at the Sydney tech days and boy are my arms tired. Actually, it's more my legs than my arms, and technically I arrived before I left which is pretty weird... but anyway, I'm back now. I'm exhausted and don't have my photos in order yet so the Sydney post will have to wait until next week.
Before I dive into my second doodle I'd like to mention the following Groodle. Allow me to explain. Andres Almiray saw my first JavaFX Doodle and decided to recreate it using the GraphicsBuilder syntax of Groovy; hence a Groodle!
Travel, travel, and more travel.
Between many FX related meetings, tech conferences, the holidays, and my wife's travel, I have been in an airport about once a week since June. Clearly whoever said technology would remove the need for travel never had to work on JavaFX. I'm sure technology will abolish travel one day, though, just as offices no longer use paper. :)
About four years ago when I started my blog I created a series of posts called Swing Hacks. This series eventually formed the basis of my similarly named book with Chris Adamson and led to my job at Sun. I think the series was successful.
Things are going well on the designer tool, but we won't have anything to show publicly for a while. I will tease you with the news that I just implemented the first version of a drawing tool assistant that you have never, ever seen before. It's one of those clever things that seem obvious in retrospect, but no one (to my knowledge) has done it yet.
Another Christmas will be here soon and it promises to be a good one
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.
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.
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.