Mark Reinhold announced today that the JDK 7 / JavaSE 7 project has slipped once again: mid-2011 without Jigsaws and Lambdas, late 2012 for JavaSE 8 with those. The delay (or some other bad news like dropping features) was already expected by anyone who tracks the project. But really, how big and bad is this delay?
If you want to work for DropBox, they have an interesting programming test which solution must be submitted together with the CV. I’m not considering a position at DropBox, but their test was very fun to ignore: an interesting challenge in algorithms, and another opportunity to exercise JavaFX as any geometric problem surely deserves some GUI.
In my last attempt to stress the JavaFX platform, I ported the Strange Attractor demo/benchmark. Different from JavaFX Balls, this is not scenegraph-driven animation, but old-school "pixel by pixel" drawing… still, makes for another batch of interesting findings, including a few issues in the JavaFX Script language and its compiler, and other topics like fractal maths, BigDecimal...
JavaFX 1.3, codename SoMa, was released at long last on April 22 - after some delays (originally due November 2009) and feature cuts (the new Prism toolkit has shipped but in EA status). In this blog I will explore the performance improvements of JavaFX's graphics stack, including Prism. Just take a cup of coffee to ride this blog - it's long, seven miles.