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Java is enjoying a renaissance on the desktop. There are several reasons for this The issues that plagued early client/server projects or Java desktop applications have largely been solved. Swing 1.4.2 delivered great performance improvements and good fidelity XP and GTK look and feel classes. Java Web Start now exists as a way to deploy programs to a client PC that run in a local JRE and enjoy the benefits of local caching, lazy update, and execution within Java's security model Java is becoming part of the default installation setup for many PCs vendors, such as Dell, HP, Gateway and others.    SWT provides a set of rich native controls over and above those offered by AWT, and many Java developers are finding this a useful GUI toolkit to use in their end-user applications.   HTML is no longer being viewed as the only viable client for application development. A numb... (more)

The JavaFX SDK Has Landed

At last year's JavaOne Chris Oliver gave a presentation on JavaFX in which he discussed how he was interested in programming Java2D not in terms of JComponent paintEvent methods that launch into graphics.drawLine(...) or graphics.drawRect(...) code, but instead by allowing the developer to create an object model representing a Java2D picture. He also wanted to use scripting to describe a figure graph of objects rather than Java code, having seen the success of other scripting languages. Most important, Chris was interested in making this accessible to the kinds of people who like... (more)

SpringLayout: A Powerful & Extensible Layout Manager

The task of a layout manager is to position and size each component based on the size of its container. Each component has a preferred size that can be used to determine the real estate it wishes to occupy, as well as a minimum and maximum size. The preferred size is especially useful for components that contain user-visible strings whose size can change between development and deployment due to different fonts or different locale values, as the GUI is dynamically translated through resource bundles. Layout managers are powerful classes for dynamically recalculating the size and... (more)

Joe Winchester's Java Blog: Is the AJAX Bullet Coated in Fool's Silver?

Is the AJAX Bullet Coated in Fool’s Silver? Ajax is an odd beast, because it gives a very rich user experience when compared to a traditional web page (Yakov writes wonderfully about this at http://java.sys-con.com/read/163232.htm), however apart from that it’s hard to figure out what is so great about it.  Good technology wins in the long run because of tooling (something Microsoft know and excelt at), so what is the lure of Ajax ?  I think it’s simply that it allows logic be put in one file – in your HTML (or servlet, JSP, ASP or whatever kicks out HTML)... (more)

Eclipse Developer's Journal - The Evolution of Java

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, has been kind enough to answer some questions for Java Developer's Journal. Rather than rattle off the usual ones about the name, about why Swing wasn't used, or how much influence IBM still has, Mike has fielded questions on some more current and topical subjects, as well as given us his insights onto the future. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Mike. JDJ: The Eclipse Foundation recently joined the Java Community Process. Can you tell us how this is going and what you expect to get out of this, as well as g... (more)