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What do you want from your special FX?

Since Sun announced the JavaFX meta-project awhile back (2007?), there’s been a lot of commentary, mostly negative, on the effort; but I think a great deal of this misses the point, which is that FX is not primarily aimed at … Continue reading

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Bite through the skin to get to the pulp

I just came across PulpCore, a open-source 2D rendering and animation framework for the Java plug-in. I found the demos really impressive, in part because the experience of launching them was so straightforward and non-intrusive. It made me think–wait for … Continue reading

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Visual Guice

I’ve been meaning/intending to try out Google Guice for awhile now; just saw they threw together a simple graph visualization for dependencies declared in Guice. Looks nice. I haven’t found a Spring visualization library yet that I like, and I … Continue reading

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Fruit flies in the JVM

Fresh winds are whipping through the JVM development community, and they aren’t–apart from JavaFX–coming from Sun. The hype around multiple (“more than 200!”) languages running on the JVM has led an acceptance that running something other than Java, and something … Continue reading

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Maxine-ize your investment

I thought it was worth mentioning that another stealth research project at Sun has been open-sourced (GPL v2.0), in this case, a new virtual machine written in Java called Maxine. There are presentation slides available from JavaOne 2008. Maxine came … Continue reading

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Tools in use

I decided to stop using a Java-based IRC client, jIRC for one written specifically for OS X (I’ve been using OS X at home and Linux for work)–the Mac utility, Colloquoy, is just excellent in all ways. And what I … Continue reading

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Why bother? Sun and Client Java

I just saw this blog entry from Jan Erik Paulsen, the guy that runs Teppefall Labs. Question: why is Sun Microsystems bothering to invest in client (desktop) Java and RIA? Sun is in danger of losing what position they have … Continue reading

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The Media Wall

Just saw this, a video/interview with Jeff Han, a researcher? student? at New York University. The company he co-founded for this is Perceptive Pixel, which has another video showing more of the same. He’s working with a large “media wall” … Continue reading

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The JVM as a Language Host

A frequent topic of discussion these days is whether, and to what extent, the Java Virtual Machine is suited for languages other than Java, and in particular “dynamic” languages like Ruby. Sun says yes, others disagree–so how do we settle … Continue reading

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Pragmatism(1)

The last couple of days people have been pointing out Chris Oliver’s blog on his new language, F3. F3 is a language hosted on the JVM which targets creating content in 2D, using Java2D APIs. I won’t go into the details, … Continue reading

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