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GUI

Visual Library is a library in NetBeans, which you can use in standalone Java apps, for doing beautiful, complex, animated layouts. JUNG is a library for exploring graphs of connected data. What if we put those two things together? That's what I did. The result is on GitHub. Video demo and more info over on my timboudreau.com blog.
on Sep 4, 2013
Due to a painting regression in JXPanel for Synth-based Look and Feels, we are releasing a regression fix. The new files should appear in Maven Central soon.
on Feb 28, 2013
I am pleased to announce the release of SwingX 1.6.5. The new release is available in Maven central. As always, you may report bugs or request new feature via JIRA. You may also contact us in the discussion forum. Release Notes - SwingX - Version 1.6.5 Bug [SWINGX-1336] - Flickering in JXPanel with alpha < 1 [SWINGX-1449] - JXButton doesn't update font if...
on Jan 29, 2013

Blogging

The Joy of Clojure, Second Edition by Michael Fogus and Chris Houser has 4 new chapters! Save 45% with Promo code mlfogus2jn at manning.com. What's new? The authors have released the following chapters: •Chapter 14, "Data-oriented programming" •Chapter 15, "Performance" •Chapter 16, "Thinking programs" •Chapter 17, "Clojure changes the way you think" We have four new chapters for you. Chapter...
on Sep 3, 2013
Save 45% on The Programmer's Guide to Apache Thrift with Promo code mlthriftjn2 at manning.com. The Programmer's Guide to Apache Thrift by Randy Abernethy has been updated! What's new? •Chapter 1-3 have been updated and the following chapters have been added: •Chapter 4, "Handling Exceptions" •Chapter 5, "Serializing Data with Protocols" •Chapter 6, "Apache Thrift IDL" We have three new chapters...
on Aug 28, 2013
“Artifact assembly & publishing” is new to Gradle in Action + 45% off Gradle in Action by Benjamin Muschko is 45% off with Promo code mlmuschkojn at manning.com. What's new? In the context of continuous delivery, publishing your artifact plays a crucial role. Once you've packaged the delivery with a specific version, it’s ready to be deployed to various target environments for acceptance...
on Aug 27, 2013
"Using State in Actors" is new to Akka in Action + 45% off Akka in Action is written by Raymond Roestenburg, Rob Bakker, and Rob Williams Save 45% on Akka in Actionwith promo code mlakkajn at manning.com. In chapter 7, you learned about two possible ways to keep state in an Actor by using class attributes and the become/unbecome functionality. Chapter 10 talks about two more solutions that you...
on Aug 27, 2013
Save 44% on CoffeeScript in Action, by Patrick Lee with Promotional code mlleejn at manning.com. What’s new? • Chapter 11, “In the Browser,” has been added. • The Table of Contents has been updated. It’s important to learn the challenges of the browser environment that your CoffeeScript programs live in. Chapter 11 shows you how to write CoffeeScript programs in a web browser and explains the...
on Aug 16, 2013
Java Persistence with Hibernate, Second Edition MEAP Update + 44% savings! To save 44% on the pBook and eBook use Promotional code mlbauer3jn at http://www.manning.com/bauer3/. Offer valid until Aug 21, 2013. What’s new? •Chapter 11, “Implementing conversations” •Chapter 12, “Fetch plans, strategies, and profiles” •Chapter 13, “Filtering” We have three new chapters for you. In chapter 11, you’...
on Aug 16, 2013
Sebastiano Armeli-Battana is the author of the successful 'MVC Applies to JavaScript' eBook. We thought we'd get to know a little more about the author! 1. For someone that’s new to the JavaScript sector, can you explain why they should use MVC? I would say that a JS noob should use MVC, just because it’s widely spread pattern used across different programming languages. I think they would enjoy...
on Jun 14, 2013
The Fundamentals of a JavaScript Test Suite by John Resig and Bear Bibeault, authors of Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja As important as a solid testing strategy is for all code, it can be crucial for situations where external factors have the potential to affect the operation of your code, which is exactly the case you're faced with in cross-browser JavaScript development. In this article...
on Feb 7, 2013

Databases

In Java, implementing via SQL is a well-developed practice for database computation. However, the structured data is not only stored in the database, but also in the text, Excel, and XML files. Considering this, how to compute appropriately regarding the structured data from non-database files? This article raises 3 solutions for your reference: implement via Java API, convert to database...
on Aug 29, 2013
According to research, most complex report development work can be simplified by performing the data source computation in advance. For example, find out the clients who bought all products in the given list, and then present the details of these clients. In developing such reports, it is the “computation” part and not the “presentation” part that brings about major difficulties. In which stage...
on Aug 20, 2013
In report development, we may need to present the data from multiple databases in one report, such as data from MSSQL database for CRM and Oracle database for ERP. If the reporting tool like iReport only supports single data source, then we need to consolidate the multiple data sources into a single data source. The Crystal, BIRT, and other so-called reporting tools for multiple data source can...
on Aug 6, 2013

Programming

In Java development, the typical data computation problems are characterized with: Long computation procedure requiring a great deal of debugging Data may from database, or Excel/Txt Data may from multiple databases, instead of just one. Some computation goals are complex, such as relative position computation, and set-related computation Just suppose a sales department needs to make statistics...
on Aug 13, 2013
In Java development, we may encounter the complex set operations. Java alone is not powerful enough to save programmers’ efforts in implementing the computation details, which is time-consuming and poor in code reuse. In view of this, programmers usually resort to dynamic calculation script for set operation. SQL is surely the first kind of script that comes into most programmers’ mind. However,...
on Jul 16, 2013
Acteur is a pattern for pipelining work - a little DI functional goodness for Java. I might have been speaking Swahili when I wrote about Acteur last month. So here's a simple explanation of the design pattern behind it, with a simple sample project.
on Jun 5, 2013

Tools

The data computation layer in between the data persistent layer and the application layer is responsible for computing the data from data persistence layer, and returning the result to the application layer. The data computation layer of Java aims to reduce the coupling between these two layers and shift the computational workload from them. The typical computation layer is characterized with...
on Jul 31, 2013
Recently, I read Why Big Data Projects Fail by Stephen Brobst. I can’t agree more with his opinions which exposed the problem I’ve been worried about. In this article, I am going to further discuss this topic to remind the enterprises to beware of falling into such pitfall of failure. Let’s have a look on a positive example. As a successful enterprise in leveraging big data, how does Google make...
on Jul 24, 2013

Swing

Creating a JavaFX 2 (or should I say FX8) application can be a time consuming task. We all got used to powerful frameworks helping us creating such applications based on Swing (NetBeans Platform) or SWT (Eclipse). There even was an attempt at getting this standardized in Java for Swing - JAF anyone? So where is such an application framework based on JavaFX 2/8, which leverages all the nice...
on Mar 24, 2013