Calling for a Swing cleanup
A number of Java blogs and news sites are linking to Jonathan Giles' Java Swing 2.0 blog:
I believe that there is a need for a proper Swing 2.0 which is not JavaFX-based, but a true, desktop focused, Java (the language)-based framework. My vision is one shared by numerous others, and in a brief discussion (via twitter no-less), a number of us enumerated what we believe a Swing 2.0 needs. The following list is a brief overview of what Swing 2.0 should be...
The interesting thing about Jonathan's list is that it's all about the plumbing: support for enumerations and varargs where appropriate, smarter use of collections, generics-based, and enforcing the event-dispatch thread rules. There's nothing in here that you'd actually see onscreen in a Swing 2.0. Jonathan writes, "What you may note is missing is any mention of new components, new Look and Feels, etc. That is not my interest - in my opinion Swing 2.0 is a cleanup of the code beneath the existing Swing components."
It's interesting to note that Jonathan's bio lists him as being 24 years old... since Swing came out back in 1998 -- when he would have been, what, 14? -- it's entirely possible that he only came to Swing much later in its lifetime. And with fresh eyes and without baggage or preconceptions, the Swing design decisions of 10 years ago may not hold up anymore. I mean, after all,
public JList(Vector<?> listData)... seriously?
So what do you think? Rework Swing's plumbing before we even talk about adding tree-tables, cover flows, image pickers and other modern components? Or are we to give up on Swing and look to JavaFX as the reboot of the Java GUI?
Also in Java Today,
PointLayout is a new layout manager designed to make the GUI development process simpler and more inuitive. It is one of the few gridless layout managers available. By being gridless, it offers a lot more control for a lot less code. Project owner Ryan Williams writes, " While my initial design is mostly complete - I would like to know what the Java community thinks of it. Is it easy to use? Is it powerful enough to meet all of your GUI development needs? What features would you like to see added? Are there any bugs? I want this to become a powerful (and hopefully well known) alternative to the other layout managers out there."
Brad Wetmore has posted an Update on the OpenJDK Bugzilla instance. "I've recently been leading the effort to get our OpenJDK Bugzilla instance in place, and just wanted to let folks know that we're pretty close. I took some time over the last couple days to take a snapshot of what we have and what's planned for the near and somewhat longer future. The short story is that we'll begin by tracking contributions from OpenJDK developers who do not have push rights to the JDK 6 and 7 forests. The next phase will expand the system to track most if not all of the OpenJDK projects under development. The longer story is now available on the OpenJDK website."
In today's Weblogs, Jim Driscoll cleans up his component logic in JSF 2.0: A Component's Controller. "After my last blog post on composite components, Ed Burns, the spec lead, pointed out a better way to do things, by using a controller for the component. Here's a short explanation of what to do to make that work."
Kohsuke Kawaguchi explains the process of Writing a Unix daemon in Java with Akuma. "Writing a proper Unix daemon in Java used to be very difficult, due to the lack of access to the OS capabilities from Java. So I wrote a library to overcome this problem."
Finally, in Pack and Deliver Synth Based Look And Feel, Xuan Yun will "Introduce how to pack Synth based look and feel as a JAR file. "
This week's Spotlight is on the OpenSSO community's newly-announced conference, OpenSSO Community Day, to be held March 17 at the NYU Kimmel Center in New York, the day before CommunityOne East. "Hosted by New York University and sponsored by Sun Microsystems, this is an opportunity for OpenSSO contributors, deployers and users to come together in an informal 'unconference' setting. Being an unconference, the only rigid item on the agenda is to decide at 9am on the sessions for the rest of the day. You can show up and talk about any OpenSSO-related topic you like. [...] All are welcome, attendance is free, and continental breakfast plus lunch will be provided."
In today's Forums,
tck asks about JOGL renderer and getPreferredConfiguration() delays. "I've been experimenting with Java3D 1.5.2 and the jogl renderer (JOGL 1.1.1). Things look great with the exception of a significant pause with the *first* call to SimpleUniverse.getPreferredConfiguation(). I am seeing delays on the order of 15+ seconds for the call to return. This delay is not observed with the d3d or ogl renderers (at least of the same magnitude). [...] Is there a way to minimized this delay?"
Dobes Vandermeer is considering different strategies for Using JMS. "Is it expensive to create a JMS connection, session, and sender each time I send a message, or should I do some extra work to make these reusable? I was trying to reuse them before but I ran into problems - for example, changing the parameters of the connection factory from the admin interface invalidated the connection objects I had."
drdthcontinues the contentious thread
Re: Do you guys agree that J2ME is dying? with a complaint about ME fragmentation. "IMHO the biggest thread to JME isn't Apple but Sun itself. If they had used their efforts to govern towards a consistent JVM and deployment process across vendors, instead of constructing a painful code signature nightmare for developers, then the open source community could enter the JME market and applications would run closer to 'everywhere'."
Sarah kho asks
what happens when glassfish starts in profile mode? "Can someone please let me know what happens when we start the glassfish in profile mode, is there some asadmin command to start the application server in profile mode or it is just netbeans ide that can do this?"
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Calling for a Swing cleanup