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GUI

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 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 (http://fxjs.java.net/) 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
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
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

NetBeans

Tired of JavaFX Scene Builder being run in a separate process? Fed up with no real integration between your favorite IDE and JavaFX Scene Builder? There may be a solution heading towards you. Follow this small series of blog entries to join me on my journey towards an embedded JavaFX Scene Builder in NetBeans. Finally, with the new developer preview builds of JavaFX Scene Builder 2.0 a new...
on Dec 1, 2013

JavaOne

This is the Voice of Ground Control! NASA Ground Systems and Java Technology I am Sean Phillips and have been a software engineer for a while now.  For the last few years I've been lucky enough to be a lead developer for some NASA Ground System software that has been deployed directly into the Mission Operations Control room.  (Hence the righteous reference in the title of this blog)...
on Nov 8, 2013
At the JavaOne 2013 Java Technical Keynote, there was a series of demos of software that enables two people to play chess, using some of Java's latest features, including Java EE 7 Websockets, many variations of Java 8 (recent weekly builds), Lambda Expressions, Java ME, Embedded Java, ... It was an impressive demo of many of Java's recently-released and not-yet-finally-released capabilities,...
on Sep 23, 2013
I chatted briefly with consultant Anton Epple (@monacotoni) at JavaOne 2012 on the topic "Java/JVM technologies and your involvement in them": Kevin: What's great that's happened recently? Anton: JavaFX Canvas and NetBeans Project EASEL Kevin: What are you working on right now that's exciting? Anton: Angry Nerds for JavaFX Kevin: Some months from now I hope/plan to: Anton: Release a nice...
on Oct 1, 2012
I chatted briefly with Sven Reimers at JavaOne 2012 on the topic "Java/JVM technologies and your involvement in them": Kevin: What's great that's happened recently? Sven Reimers: JavaFX running on Raspberry Pi! Kevin: What are you working on right now that's exciting? Sven Reimers: FX UI for NetBeans Platform Kevin: Some months from now I hope/plan to: Sven Reimers: Release FX UI for...
on Oct 1, 2012

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

Programming

My very first programming language was BASIC.  But the first time I ever thought I could do this for a living was when I discovered LOGO.  While the language itself didn't interest me in particular, I was fascinated by Turtle Graphics. If you're unfamiliar with Turtle Graphics, it's a pretty simple concept:  while traditional graphics paradigms involve an x/y coordinate system, where each pixel...
on Oct 3, 2012

J2SE

One of the old bits of tuning advice given when Java memory management was not as tall as it it today was to set max heap to min heap. After all, we don't really want the JVM messing around with memory when it should really be getting on with things. Fast forward a few years and the adaptive memory management picture has matured considerably. So much so that setting -Xmx == to -Xms would now...
on Dec 19, 2011