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Programming

It's been a long time, well long in Internet-years, since my last blog on JavaFX. Now I'm approaching JavaFX 2.0 by porting the JavaFX 1.x programs that I had written and blogged about here. These new ports will allow me to evaluate the evolution of the platform. Has the wait been worth it? Porting from JavaFX 1 For my first port I’ve picked JavaFX Balls. (But this blog is not about...
on May 28, 2011
My previous blog, presenting the Life program, was quite long, still not really complete. I've continued the work, but soon found some interesting surprises. This new blog starts investigating an API bug, then trips into some surprising language behavior, and ends in a proposal for a small change in the JavaFX Script language. A Slider bug I was annoyed to see that the Slider control ignores my...
on May 25, 2010

Mobility

Ian Bogost's recent article Flash is Not a Right highlights some new aspects of the debate about Apple's iPhoneOS development restrictions. I have a different opinion. I understand Ian's pain as a teacher. Programmers who aren't curious, don't like to explore varied languages and paradigms, are doomed to rank-and-file roles. But this is secondary. The purpose of computing is to serve the needs of...
on May 8, 2010