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Science Fiction User Interfaces with JavaFX Part 1

Sci-Fi UI Shaped Window created using JavaFX Can Fictional UIs become a Reality? Growing up as an 80’s kid I’ve seen my share of science fiction movies that really inspired me to become quite fond of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) especially the idea of trying to make science fiction UIs possible in the real world. In this and a series ...

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Animated Effects through JavaFX Callouts

In this article you will learn how to use JavaFX’s animation APIs to create callouts. You can see a demo of these callouts in action on my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTHbB0LRdT4. What Is a Callout? I’m sure you’ve seen commercials or sci-fi movies using callouts appearing over the top of an image to indicate objects in a scene. In this ...

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A JavaFX HelloWorld using Java 9’s Project Jigsaw in 60 seconds

By now you’ve probably have heard of Java 9’s new module system a.k.a. project Jigsaw. If you don’t know about Java 9’s new module system, you should visit Mark Reinhold’s paper on The State of the Module System. Also, you should check out @nipafx Nicolai Parlog’s excellent blog at http://blog.codefx.org There he goes into great detail about Java 9’s new module system and ...

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Shadow Fields vs. Property Accessors Interface Round 3

This is round 3 of the Shadow Fields vs Property Accessors Interface. If you are new and not sure what the fuss is about please check out my previous post or my first post on the topic of saving memory when developing JavaFX applications. As a Java developer my main concern is having a good balance between performance, memory usage and lowering boilerplate ...

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Shadow Fields vs. Property Accessor Interface Round 2

If you guys haven’t noticed a (light-hearted) showdown between Dirk Lemmerman and me, let me quickly mention how we got to this point. For starters, Dirk created a JavaFX tip 23: “Save Memory Shadow Fields for Properties” to help application developers save memory when using JavaFX Properties. Pretty impressive knowing that you can save memory when objects aren’t needing to use JavaFX Property objects. While ...

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JavaFX Tips to Save Memory! Shadow Fields for Properties and Observables

In the world of JavaFX the Properties API allows UI developers to bind values to UI controls. This capability is surprisingly easy, however when object models use properties too often an application can quickly run out of memory. I usually will write two separate objects such as a pojo class and a presentation model object. This technique is often used in Swing based ...

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FX Playground

Introduction FX Playground is a JavaFX-based prototyping tool or live editor that eliminates the step of compiling Java code. This concept isn’t new, for instance the Web world there are many HTML5 playgrounds that offer online editors that enable developers to quickly prototype or experiment with various JavaScript libraries. This allows the developer to focus on visualizations or UI details ...

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JavaFX 8u20 Days of Future Past (Always On Top)

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted topics relating to JavaFX. So, if you are still following along, awesome! Introduction In this blog post I want to blog about a very cool feature starting with JavaFX 8 update 20 that allows your application to always be on top of other applications. What this means is that on your desktop your ...

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Introduction by Example: JavaFX 8 Printing

I‘ve not blogged in awhile, and I miss sharing with others about all things JavaFX (My day job and family are likely excuses). For those who are new to this blog, I am the author of JavaFX 2 Introduction by Example (JIBE), co-author of Java 7 Recipes, and technical reviewer of the Pro JavaFX 2 books from Apress publishing. For those who ...

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