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JavaFX 2.0 Will Bring Hardware Accelerated Graphics and Better Licensing Terms to the Platform

by Charles Humble on  Mar 16, 2011 5

Oracle has began to the beta program for JavaFX 2.0, the next version of its Rich Client platform.,with Early Access releases open to members of the JavaFX Partner Program. InfoQ spoke to Richard Bair about the release, and future plans.

A Case for WinForms

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 05, 2011 10

When DevExpress released their roadmap for 2011, WinForms barely got a mention. As a ten year old technology that is basically abandoned by its creator this isn’t too surprising. But what it interesting the amount of negative feedback that generated. A lot of DevExpress’s customers just don’t see WPF or Silverlight as a viable replacement for their major applications.

Google Donates WindowBuilder Pro and CodePro AnalytiX to Eclipse

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 15, 2010 2

Following on from Google's acquisition of Instantiations and their relaunch of WindowBuilder products, Google has announced that they are donating WindowBuilder Pro and CodePro Profiler to Eclipse.org, with an intention to release simultaneously with Eclipse Indigo in June 2011.

Silverlight Is for the Client, HTML5 for the Web

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2010 7

After saying about Silverlight that “our strategy has shifted” at PDC 2010, Bob Muglia attempted to clarify what he meant. Steve Ballmer and Tim Heuer also commented on Silverlight, trying to reassure the community on Microsoft’s commitment to Silverlight, but also pointing to the fact that HTML5 is the solution for cross-platform development, leaving Silverlight to the client and Windows Phone.

A New Crop of Self Hosting IDEs: RedCar and JRuby, Cloud9 IDE and Javascript

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 30, 2010 6

Dynamic languages have a dirty, badly kept secret: their IDEs and tools are written in languages like C/C++, C# or Java. Exceptions were languages like Smalltalk - but now Ruby and Javascript developers get to build their tooling using their preferred languages. InfoQ looks at HTML/Javascript based Cloud9 IDE and JRuby and SWT based RedCar.

Avoid SDK Hassle with Build Services for Native Mobile Web Apps: RhoHub, Apparat.io

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 27, 2010

HTML/Javascript code packaged as native apps allows for cross platform mobile development - but there's still a nuisance: the yak shaving exercise of installing and maintaining the SDKs of all target platforms, and running the builds. There are solutions to fix that: Rhohub for Rhodes, Apparat.io, and PhoneGap/Build.

MacRuby Roundup: 0.7 Released, GCD-based Web Server, BridgeSupport

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 24, 2010

MacRuby 0.7 is out, with the usual performance and compatibility improvements, including Ruby 1.9.2 compatibility. To demonstrate MacRuby's tight integration with Snow Leopard's Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), the team has released ControlTower, a Rack-based web server. Also: with the new BridgeSupport, all native APIs can now be accessed and scripted.

Project Visage to Continue Work on JavaFX Script Without Oracle

by Charles Humble on  Oct 11, 2010

Oracle's decision to cease work on JavaFX Script, announced at JavaOne, was a disappointment to some in the community. Using the open source JavaFX Script compiler as a starting point, Project Visage is looking to continue to develop the DSL as an open-source project.

Expression Blend 4 SP 1 Now Supports Flash UI Components

by Abel Avram on  Sep 29, 2010

Expression Blend 4 SP 1 can read Adobe FXG files, enabling Expression developers to use Flash UI components in their applications.

Silverlight’s Role as a Web Application Technology is Debated

by Abel Avram on  Sep 03, 2010 13

Brad Becker, Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms, has written a post outlining the future of Silverlight in an HTML5 world as seen by Microsoft, considering it fit for the web. Others consider Silverlight is not actually meant for web applications but it is rather serving a niche area within web development market.

WAF and Caliburn: 2 WPF Application Frameworks

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2010 1

WPF Application Framework (WAF) and Caliburn are two open source frameworks providing the foundation to developers to write WPF/Silverlight applications based on the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern using a layered architecture.

Microsoft Ribbon for WPF

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 04, 2010 13

Microsoft has released a new preview of their WPF-based Ribbon control. Though not the final version, it includes a go live license and a copy of the source code. The quality is quite high and it appears that all of the bugs and API design flaws from last year’s preview have been corrected. While the source code is available, the license only permits read-only access for debugging purposes.

NetBeans 6.9 Release Supports JavaFX, Java EE6 and OSGi

by Josh Long on  Jul 12, 2010

Oracle has released version 6.9 of its popular open-source Java IDE, NetBeans. This is the first release under its stewardship since it accquired Sun Microsystems.

Mobile Ruby Roundup: Rhodes 2.0 now MIT Licensed, JRuby on Android with Ruboto

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 04, 2010

Mobile Ruby developers get a new version of Rhodes: the 2.0 release brings many new features, and also puts the framework under the MIT license. іPhone developers will be glad to hear Rhodes apps are being accepted into the AppStore. Also: Android developers and users can use JRuby with Ruboto and Ruboto-IRB.

Fixing Data Binding Problems in WPF/Silverlight

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 04, 2010

The data binding in WPF and Silverlight is amazing in all regards. Its power and flexibility are beyond compare. Unfortunately its resistance to traditional debugging techniques is equally impressive for the wrong reasons. There is no way to really step through the data binding process, but we collected some other techniques that developers may find useful.

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