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GUI

It took me several sleepless nights to find out, but finally I got it - and was astonished how easy it is. Ever wanted to play the default system sound for a specific operation? Well, in fact there is no platform independent solution for that (can't believe it, I know, but it is true). But at least Swing internally does it that way on the Windows platform (and on other platforms it will just do...
on Jan 3, 2010
Blue sky, 25°C, the ideal weather to solve strange JNI problems. So I spent another valueable free day to solve on of the mysteries of mankind: Why is my ShellExtension crashing? (For those who do not know what a Shell Extension is: In short you could say it is a custom icon in the Windows File Explorer, and I want to have it implemented in Java using JNI). Everytime XP's Windows...
on Jan 3, 2010
Happy New Year folks! In 2002, I wrote a highly specialized, very small Q&D tool for my brother to support him in his oncological doctoral's practice. They are three physicians sharing a common room with some unique ultrasonic device. They needed something showing them at their desk wether the room is available or is currently occupied by somebody else. The name 'dokma' is a German pun....
on Jan 1, 2010
It's already five months since the version 1.0 have been announced at JavaOne. Today, new version of the SwingX have been released. This release is first Java 6 only compatible release. Setting base line to Java 6 allowed us to drop all the extra code necessary to maintain backwards compatibility for functionality added to the cora Javasince the release of Java 5. So as of today, you can benefit...
on Nov 2, 2009
As many of you may know, user interface design is a passion of mine. I want software that both looks pretty and acts well. I've had lots of ideas on the topic, often bleeding over into art and traditional design, in addition to usability. After thinking about it for a couple of years I've finally decided to create a blog dedicated to the topic: www.joshondesign.com At Josh On Design I'll be...
on Oct 20, 2009
I am extremely pleased today to announce the availability of the final release for version 5.3 of Substance look-and-feel (code-named Reykjavik). The release notes for version 5.3 contain the detailed information on the contents of this release which include the following: New Gemini skin New Magellan skin New Graphite Aqua skin Improved usability of Raven Graphite skins Overlay painters...
on Sep 28, 2009
The Pivot development team is happy to announce the release of Apache Pivot 1.3. Apache Pivot is a platform for building rich internet applications in Java. It combines the enhanced productivity and usability features of a modern RIA toolkit with the robustness of the industry-standard Java platform. Pivot is currently undergoing incubation at the Apache Software Foundation. Notable updates in...
on Sep 22, 2009
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. As interfaces finally graduate to the 21st century, the lines between...
on Sep 10, 2009

Education

Just found out how easy it is to use the full screen mode in Swing and certainly immediately must write down this blog entry. Using the full screen mode is just as easy as the sample shows: public final class FullscreenSample { public static final void main(final String[] args) throws Exception { UIManager.setLookAndFeel(UIManager.getSystemLookAndFeelClassName()); final JFrame...
on Jan 3, 2010
Java 6 comes with SwingWorker as an integral part of the JRE (yes, you no more need to download it). And THAT version of SwingWorker can send progress status while the background work still is in progress. Using this new feature, it is possible to do a lengthy background operation that reports its status from time to time. For example: While loading thousands of rows from the server (which might...
on Jan 3, 2010
Attaching a GUI to a domain model object (a.k.a. "Entity") is a boring job. You need to write lots of synchronization code or models to change the UI when the entity changes and vice versa. Now that has an end. Here is the ultimate, automatic glue generator: The Java Beans Binding API. It allows you to glue together two Java Beans (i. e. POJOs, and has nothing to do with Swing or EJB)....
on Jan 3, 2010

EJB

We're less than two months away from the 2nd annual JSF Summit conference, co-sponsored by JSFCentral and the No Fluff Just Stuff Symposiums. The conference will take place December 1st-4th in warm, sunny Orlando, FL. We already have an all-star lineup of speakers such as Ed Burns, Matthias Wessendorf, Dan Allen, Ted Goddard, Keith Donald, David Geary and several others, covering every aspect...
on Oct 13, 2009

Databases

If you are reading this blog it means you want to use JasperReport with dynamically programmatically generated images. An example of such use cases in generating complex charts using JFreeChart and then including these charts into reports. Each report in JasperReport uses a datasource to populate the fields, we need to use JRBeanCollectionDataSource which can be considered as a simple collection...
on Sep 21, 2009

Community

Bonjour, Comment Java? This coming Thursday(08/27/09) 'll be at GooglePlex (Mountain View) for an Eclipse Day...The entire genda is at http://wiki.eclipse.org/Eclipse_Day_At_Googleplex_2009. 2 presos seem to be very interesting so far: OSGi for Eclipse Developers Deploying Successful Entreprise Tools and possibly others...The Google crowd is impressive. There is a waiting list for people who...
on Aug 24, 2009