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SDN Article Series: What's New in JavaFX 1.2

Posted by editor on December 7, 2009 at 8:10 AM PST

Our Spotlight this week is the latest two additions to the SDN What's New in JavaFX 1.2 article series, which is written by Chris Wright and James L. Weaver. Parts two and three of the series were published in November.

Chris Wright is a JavaFX developer for VNImedia, where he applies JavaFX to create interactive software on LCD touchscreens. James Weaver is a Java Champion; he is VP of technology at Veriana Networks, and he regularly blogs on his JavaFX Blog (which we frequently cite in Java Today).

Part two of the article series is titled What's New in JavaFX 1.2 Technology: RSS, Storage, and Charts. The introduction summarizes the entire series to date:

The first article in this series, What's New In JavaFX 1.2 Technology: New Layouts and Effects, introduced you to new layout classes such as ClipView, Flow, and Stack, and demonstrated how to use these classes within your applications.

Unlike the many articles that concentrate on graphical user interface (GUI) features and application design in JavaFX technology, this article and the next will provide insight into the more technical features such as RSS and Atom tasks, local storage using JavaFX's built-in storage classes, and the use of JavaFX charts.

The article covers:

  • the RSSTask class
  • adding the user interface (UI)
  • local storage

An example program that reads and displays stock quotes is illustrated in the article.

The third article in the series is What's New in JavaFX 1.2 Technology: JavaFX Charts. This article continues the development of the stock quote program from the previous article, and uses it to demonstrate the types of charting functionality that is available in JavaFX 1.2. The article covers:

  • bar charts
  • pie charts
  • line and area charts
  • bubble and scatter charts

The "What's New in JavaFX 1.2" series demonstrates that very nice looking applications can be developed using a relatively small number of lines of JavaFX code.

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