At EclipseCon 2013, L33t Labs revealed a port of SWT running on OpenGL, and used it to demonstrate an Eclipse instance with graphical effects animated by the OpenGL hardware. They have recently released a video of the effects shown, but it raises an important question on the UX of future IDEs.
Oracle have today released NetBeans 7.1, with a strong emphasis on GUI enhancements. The product includes developer support for JavaFX 2.0, significant updates to the Swing Builder (Matisse), and tools for visual debugging of both JavaFX and Swing user interfaces. For web GUI, NetBeans continues to flesh out its already strong HTML 5 coverage, adding support for CSS3.
Having acquired Instantations Java tooling arm last month, Google has now released their tools for free via the Google WebToolkit project. This includes the high-quality WindowBuilder Pro, which can create GUIs in SWT, Swing and GWT, as well as GWT Designer for rapid GWT development, CodePro AnalytiX for automated software quality, and WindowTester Pro for automated UI testing.
Instantiations yesterday announced the release of WindowTester Pro 5.0, a major upgrade to its GUI testing tool adding performance and Linux support to its SWT and Swing testing utility. In addition, a minor upgrade to WindowsBuilder Pro 7.4 and RCP Developer 5.0 were also released.
Dan Hanley, of Magus, discusses design principles, architectures and infrastructure of the SaaS frameworks used by Magus to rapidly develop and deploy large-scale, web-based, applications for clients. Along the way he discusses the components of their technology stack and the evolution of their methodology.
Instantiations has released WindowBuilder Pro 7.0, a Java GUI builder, and which recently won the "Best commercial Eclipse-based developer tool" category at EclipseCon 2009. Updates to 7.0 include UI Factories and Nebula widget integration, along with Swing Data Binding and GWT-Ext widgets.
Jeanette Winzenburg’s announcement that Sun has withdrawn funding for the SwingX project has generated a large amount of anger amongst Swing developers who see Swing losing out to JavaFX.
GUI testing is a hard and often neglected task. We take a look at two open source solutions for writing SWT and Swing tests, SWTBot and Marathon, and how they can be used from JRuby. We talked to Ketan Padegaonkar (SWTBot) and Dakshinamurthy Karra (Marathon).
In this presentation from QCon San Francisco 2007, JRuby project lead Charles Nutter discusses the Ruby and JRuby featureset, the JRuby compiler, calling Java from JRuby and vice versa, programming Swing with JRuby, JRuby web applications, JRuby on Rails, persistence, build automation, Test-Driven Development and Behaviour-Driven Development.
In this interview from QCon San Francisco 2007, former Sun client architect Chet Haase discusses Java SE 6 Update N, the Java Kernel, Java FX, the shift in focus to consumer desktop features in Java 7, and redesigning of applets.
Shannon Hickey of Sun recently announced 1.0 of the Beans Binding Framework. This is the reference implementation of JSR 295 and represent a major re-architecture of the Beans Binding API.
Book Excerpt and Review: Filthy Rich Clients - Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop
InfoQ is privileged to provide both a review and chapter excerpt of the new book Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java Applications.
In his announcement that the Nimbus Look-and-Feel (LAF) is nearing completion, Jasper Potts indicated that the Nimbus LAF will be based on vector graphics, with support for high-dpi resolution-independent user interfaces and assembled using a new visual tool for creating painters.
Profligacy is a new JRuby based GUI library created by Zed Shaw. It's aimed at tackling the GUI layout problem with LEL, a compact Wiki-like notation for GUI layouts.
Ruby already has a host of bindings for various GUI toolkits. JRuby now allows the use of Java's Swing and there are already a few libraries trying to make Swing less tedious to work with. We look at the approaches taken in Profligacy, Cheri, and the JavaFX Script clone Swiby.