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The Big Java News Keeps Coming: Java SE 6 and OpenJDK

I recently posted Recent Java 8 News, summarizing some of the recent developments in Java 8. In less than a week since publishing that post, several more significant Java news stories have come out and I summarize some of these in ...
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Finding Properties in JARs with Groovy

In previous blog posts I have looked at Searching JAR Files with Groovy to find entries (such as .class files) contained in the JAR and Viewing a JAR’s Manifest File with Groovy. In this post, I look at using Groovy to find ...
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Recent Java 8 News

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 s ...
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Styling JavaFX Pie Chart with CSS

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

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 th ...
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Hello GroovyFX

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:Gr ...
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Hello Camel: Automatic File Transfer

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 E ...
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JavaFX 2 XYCharts and Java 7 Features

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 ...
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Hamcrest Containing Matchers

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 descr ...
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Significant Software Development Developments of 2012

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 fre ...
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