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Nimbus is a cross-platform look and feel introduced in the Java SE 6 Update 10 (6u10) release. Based on Synth Look and Feel you can modify global properties. Properties can be simple (for example colors or dimensions) or more complex (for example Painters). If you want to create you own painter you will probably extends AbstractRegionPainter which is used to paint a certain Region (a region...
on Mar 13, 2014
Nimbus is a cross-platform look and feel introduced in the Java SE 6 Update 10 (6u10) release. It's not a perfect look and feel for several reasons but it has great potential. One of these reasons is the lack of window decorations support (Bug JDK-6675399). You can check the window decorations support of a look and feel by simply call the method getSupportsWindowDecorations on it....
on Feb 26, 2014
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
The problems that are related to the application context might be invisible from the outside of the Swing core libraries, but it has been a big deal for the Swing toolkit developers. Every time when you create a mutable static field in a Swing class you potentially introduce a security whole. It is quite surprising that an ordinary pattern of the Java language becomes a problem. To understand...
on Feb 9, 2012
I awoke to my mobile ringing.  Our support staff was having issues. (The beauty of the web is everybody around the world can use your application, the ugly part of the web is everybody is using your application 24x7.) Pages are broken and things are not displaying. I GTM(gotomeeting) with the support staff to see the issues first hand. Things are working for me, but not support.  Pages...
on Nov 29, 2011
Swing makes it very easy to control and modify simple components like JLabel or JButton. It gets trickier when you customize a compound component like JTree or JTable. Unlike a simple component, JTable consists of multiple subcomponents like table header, renderer and editor, so actually JTable is not a single component but a container with several descendants. Imagine that you want to customize...
on Sep 7, 2011
In the list of the things that needs improving in Swing, the implementation of listeners takes the first place. The problem is the fact that the order in which listeners are notified is not specified and it is not even guaranteed that your listeners will be notified after the Swing system listeners. Actually all listeners can be mixed together with any possible combination and it leads to two...
on Jun 15, 2011


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
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
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
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
After Oracle announced JavaFX 2.0's return to the Mac earlier this week, I spent some time porting our previously Windows-only JavaFX application back to the Mac. It was surprisingly easy. I found a few bugs, but they turned out to be quite easy to work around. Here's what to watch out for, if you are porting... 1. The Mac API does not use stage.setVisible(true) like the new JavaFX 2.0 Windows...
on Oct 5, 2011
These are the days to be a Java UI developer! For so many years I have dreamt of Java’s return to the client side, and now – at long last – the developers at Oracle are making this dream come true.  Since the late nineties I have been developing a large number of both web based and swing based UIs, and it has always felt like a hard choice between two imperfect sets of...
on Sep 18, 2011


How to use JDK 7's AutoCloseable for more than just I/O - it's actually quite useful in your own APIs. See the real full blog over on
on Jun 4, 2013
A new tutorial that exercises VisualLangLab using all the examples and techniques in Chapter-3, A Quick Tour for the Impatient, of the book The Definitive ANTLR Reference can be found at this link. Various other improvements have been made in version 7: A new WildCard pseudo-token that matches any defined token has been added to facilitate recovery from errors...
on Dec 13, 2011
JavaFX 2.0 is not multiplatform! It can't do subpixel antialiasing!! … these were among the reactions to the first beta releases, that I'm not sure to understand as trolling or simple laziness. These mysteries are usually solved with a simple look at JavaFX's public JIRA issue tracking system. The current implementation is still a beta, not even a feature-complete beta, so there are many...
on Jun 18, 2011