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JavaOne Tokyo '05: Extreme GUI Makeover

Posted by joconner on November 8, 2005 at 10:32 AM PST

After the rather somber response to the keynotes this morning (Nov 8/Tokyo), I was pleasantly surprised to hear the impressed (but still rather quiet) oohs and aahs from the crowd as Hans Muller (left) and Scott Violet (right) wowed us with visual Swing demos. The session, entitled Extreme GUI Makeover, Episode 1: Lookin' Good was amazing. I realized that one's imagination is the only limiting factor in creating eye-popping, stunning graphics on the desktop. Swing, 2D, and the 3D APIs all collaborate to make great things happen for the developer willing to spend a little more time on their GUI. Many times I whispered to myself, "Wow, I didn't know you could do that."



Next to me on both sides, two attendees scribbled notes, hanging on every translated word that Scott and Hans spoke. Several times attendees started to clap when shown a particularly impressive demo of smooth and fast animations. Then, as if their more reserved nature kicked in, most would quickly settle back down, almost embarrassed for having given in to the urge to reward the speakers with applause.

The demos demonstrated avatar animation and creative displays for a chat application. Hans and Scott promised that we'd be able to download them. They mentioned javadesktop.org, so maybe the demos will show up there. If not, you'll have to check out Scott Violet's blog for more information



We know this session was a success because of the standing room only crowd. Rumor has it that eager attendees were so plentiful that they were clogging the subways.



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