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Recent Java 8 News

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Java 8 developments are starting to dominate the news again. Recent posts cover extending Milestone 7 of JDK 8 to ensure its feature complete, the Date/Time API now available in Java 8, and updates to the Java Tutorials to cover some Java 8 features. Extending JDK 8 M7 Mark Reinhold wrote in JDK 8 M6 status, and extending M7 that ...

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Styling JavaFX Pie Chart with CSS

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JavaFX provides certain colors by default when rendering charts. There are situations, however, when one wants to customize these colors. In this blog post I look at changing the colors of a JavaFX pie chart using an example I intend to include in my presentation this afternoon at RMOUG Training Days 2013. Some Java-based charting APIs provided Java methods to ...

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JavaFX Coming Soon to an Android or iOS Device Near You?

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There has been big news recently in the world of JavaFX regarding many more components of JavaFX being open sourced as advertised at JavaOne 2012. In February Open Source Update, Richard Bair compiled a table of JavaFX projects that have been open sourced as of that post’s writing (Monday, 11 February 2013). As exciting as all that open sourcing is, ...

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Hello GroovyFX

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GroovyFX brings together two of my favorite things: Groovy and JavaFX. The main GroovyFX Project page describes GroovyFX as ‘[providing] a Groovy binding for JavaFX 2.0.’ GroovyFX is further described on that page: GroovyFX is an API that makes working with JavaFX in Groovy much simpler and more natural. GroovyFX is focused on exploiting the power of the Groovy Builder ...

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Hello Camel: Automatic File Transfer

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Apache Camel is described on its main web page (and in the Camel User Guide) as ‘a versatile open-source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.’ The Camel framework is based on the book Enterprise Integration Patterns and provides implementations of the patterns described in that book. I look at a ‘Hello World’ type example of using Camel in ...

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JavaFX 2 XYCharts and Java 7 Features

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One of my favorite features of JavaFX 2 is the standard charts it provides in its javafx.scene.chart package. This package provides several different types of charts out-of-the-box. All but one of these (the PieChart) are ‘2 axis charts’ (specific implementations of the XYChart). In this post, I look at the commonality between these specializations of XYChart. Along the way, I ...

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Hamcrest Containing Matchers

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The Hamcrest 1.3 Javadoc documentation for the Matchers class adds more documentation for several of that class’s methods than were available in Hamcrest 1.2. For example, the four overloaded contains methods have more descriptive Javadoc documentation as shown in the two comparison screen snapshots shown next.               Although one can figure out how the ...

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Significant Software Development Developments of 2012

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I have written before (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) on my biased perspective of the most significant developments in software development for that year. This post is the 2012 version with all my biases and skewed perspectives freely admitted.                   10. Groovy 2.0 Groovy 2.0 have been an important version for Groovy. ...

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Groovy: Multiple Values for a Single Command-line Option

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One of the many features that makes Groovy an attractive scripting language is its built-in command-line argument support via CliBuilder. I have written about CliBuilder before in the posts Customizing Groovy’s CliBuilder Usage Statements and Explicitly Specifying ‘args’ Property with Groovy CliBuilder. In this post, I look at Groovy‘s CliBuilder’s support for multiple arguments passed via a single command-line flag. ...

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Groovy JDK (GDK): Date and Calendar

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I have looked at some highly useful methods available in Groovy GDK‘s extensions to the Java JDK in blog posts such as Groovy JDK (GDK): File.deleteDir(), Groovy JDK (GDK): Text File to String, Groovy JDK (GDK): More File Fun, Groovy JDK (GDK): String Support, and Groovy JDK (GDK): Number Support. In this post, I look at some of the endearing ...

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