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In this last part, we will define styles for our frame. These styles will be shared by our border and our title pane to give to our frame decoration a look similar to the nimbus internal frame. There is some interesting code in the class NimbusLookAndFeel, unfortunately it's private. The inner class NimbusProperty will look up for standard key names. The class is usually used to easily populate...
on Mar 2, 2014
Recently I have come upon a blog article which discussed why Swing has to be Deprecated.  My understanding of the author's argument was that since Swing looks ugly compared to HTML5 and nobody uses Swing anymore that it should be deprecated in favor of JavaFX.  The theory was that by deprecating Swing and forcing users to upgrade to JavaFX then all Java GUIs will be better with the...
on Dec 2, 2013
In the previous post in this mini-series regarding the work I do on NASA Ground Systems, I showed some screenshots demonstrating data visualization.  The basic tech stack involves combining the NetBeans Platform with custom JavaFX views. This pattern provides some very useful "At-a-Glance" (AoG) displays associated with daily data product generation. AoG is typically appropriate, especially...
on Nov 20, 2013
So you need to build a visualization of data that must loaded and interface dynamically.  Good looks are important so you chose JavaFX but you are starting from an existing Swing based application.  No problem right?  But what if you have a lot of data to load into your Scene? How do you maintain a positive User Experience? Maybe you are using the NetBeans Platform because... well...
on Nov 13, 2013
As I get closer to deploying our 4th Operational Release of the Duke's Choice award winning GEONS Ground System Software I'm combining the NetBeans Platform with custom JavaFX views. This pattern provides some very useful "At-a-Glance" displays associated with daily data product generation. I'm fortunate to have access to quite a bit of complex and timely data much of which is custom to the...
on Nov 10, 2013
#How to run the dev test cases ================================ #Annotation: All of the test cases can't be ran on the windows platform because the firefox can't support the ajax and JSF based on the windows platform very well. If you want to ran the tests, please check out all of the codes to the linux, ubuntu or mac platform. #Steps: 1). Download the firefox and install it, On my platform, I...
on Oct 14, 2013
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 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
Swing is not dead, still. While a whole lot of evangelists try to talk it dead, it is still part of the JRE. While SWT is not, still. And while JavaFX is not, still. Dispite all hypes and rumors. It is not even declared to be deprecated or obsolete. So in fact, there is no other real alternative to Swing as long as the GUI must work solely with JRE means (I won't say AWT is an alternative). And...
on Sep 7, 2012
How many lines of Java do you need to create the following JavaFX application? (Answer: About 30, as seen in Hello World, JavaFX Style) And how many lines of ( would you need? (Answer: See below) {T: fxStage, title: 'Hello World!',  scene: {T: fxScene, width: 300, height: 250,    root: {T: fxStackPane,      children...
on Aug 3, 2012
I am pleased to announce the release of SwingX 1.6.4. This release is small, fixing a few critical items and following the standard process of removing deprecated code. The main cause for this release was that SwingX 1.6.3 failed to correctly build the swingx-all sources and javadoc jars. Please let us know if you have any issues or concerns with this release. Karl
on Jul 23, 2012
VisualLangLab now has a Java7 (JDK7) grammar!  Read on to find out how you can use the grammar to locate usages of the new Java7 (project coin) language features in the source-code of the Oracle JDK 7u3 itself. If you are new to VisualLangLab (an easy-to-learn-and-use parser-generator) condsider reading the tutorial A Quick Tour. Java7 (JDK7) Grammar Specification The Java7 (JDK7)...
on Mar 3, 2012
I've been working for a number of years now in the NSLS-II Control System group, creating tools that hook up to the control system. What I do is soft-real time stuff (I can drop data on the floor, I don't have hard latency requirements, etc.) mostly dealing with writing clients to display the data and let operator interact with the control system. In these conditions, you have have to think...
on Feb 15, 2012
I am very pleased to announce the release of SwingX 1.6.3.  While the release notes contain many fixes, I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the major changes. First and foremost, we have more fully adopted Maven.  The project is now a collection of smaller modules. This will make it easier for clients to use only the pieces of SwingX that they need or want.  To enable us...
on Feb 2, 2012
Recently I had the privilege of writing an article for Java Tech Journal about using HTML5 Server Sent Events in a JSF 2 User Interface.  I've made that article available here.
on Jan 4, 2012
In my last blog I’ve introduced JavaFX 2.0 beta, describing an initial port of JavaFX Balls, also in beta stage at that time. Now I finally finish JavaFX Balls 3. Look ma, no design! I don’t pretend to be a designer, and the consequence is that when I make a mashup of animation, video and web, that’s the result. Get the source code here. I’ve added new layers of content...
on Nov 25, 2011
Welcome java 7 part 3 -NIO 2 JSR 203   So like the coin project, in the NIO 2 there aren't unprecedented features in this e -specification, but now it's possible do some easier work I/Os in java. With the class are possible to perform several operations in simple mode. For that it needs and uses the, this interface represents files and...
on Oct 10, 2011

Extreme Programming

There are a great many sessions at JavaOne 2013 that feature JavaFX. But only one of them dared people to attend the session. That session would be No Guts, No Glory! A Deep Dive into the Internals of JavaFX [BOF5802], presented by Steve Northover, Kevin Rushforth, and Richard Bair (all of Oracle). At first, I was wondering if the challenge would mean I'd arrive at the session, only to find...
on Sep 25, 2013


A preview of the pure Java version of VisualLangLab is available here. The GUI, and other characteristics, remain virtually unchanged (see documentation), but the download is very much smaller as it does not bundle the entire Scala API. The preview does not yet support packrat parsing, and an API for application programs is not yet available. All grammar development and testing features are...
on Jan 5, 2012