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Slim Down SWT FormLayout Usage

Always on the quest for efficiency I reconsidered the usability of SWT FormLayout lately. Although it is one of my favored core layouts with respect to flexibility, I had to recognize that it is only reluctantly used by most of my fellow workers. Proposing it for an appropriate task sometimes actually seems to inflict real physical pain, considering the facial ...

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Tower Defense in JavaFX (6)

So we’re at part 6 of this tutorial already, and the game has come a long way in the meantime. In this part we’ll finally add a Layer that shows the score, the number of Enemies that have reached their target, a button to start the next Wave, and the money left to buy new turrets. Speaking of money, we ...

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Tower Defense in JavaFX (5)

This is part 5 of this ongoing tutorial on creating a Tower Defense Game in JavaFX using the FXGameEngine. The enemies now fly on their attack path to the target, and the Turrets aim and shoot at them. So the most important parts are there, but there are still a lot of details missing. The game simply starts and doesn’t ...

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Java 8 Released! — Lambdas Tutorial

To celebrate the release of Java 8 which was released just minutes ago, I am publishing a draft version of my Java 8 Lambdas Tutorial.  It is a nice visual way to learn the Streams API, and will help you get started taking advantage of lambdas in your own applications from day 1.  This article is scheduled to appear in ...

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Tower Defense in JavaFX (4)

Ok, so far we’ve created a TileMap, displayed it on screen and made it editable in the first part. In the second part we implemented calculation of the attack path using the A* algorithm and made the enemies follow that path. In part three we created some custom TileSetAnimations so we can rotate the Insectoids around their center by an ...

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Something to hide? You need HiddenSidesPane

One of my Gantt chart users wanted to use as much real estate on the screen as possible and asked if the scrollbars could be removed. But how do you navigate without scrollbars? Ok, there are all kinds of keyboard shortcuts and of course the usual mouse drag already supported by FlexGanttFX, but a visual control like a scrollbar is ...

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JavaFX Custom Control – Nest Thermostat Part 3

Hi, after some discussions with my colleagues, I decided today to show that the css approach is not the only one that can be used to create a custom control. Of course it allows to offer some look and feel extension point, but the same approach (working with svand transfering to JavaFX) can be used using code API. Here is ...

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JavaFX Custom Control – Nest Thermostat Part 2

I’ts been a while since I started to create the Nest thermostat FX custom control ! So last time, as suggested by Gerrit Grunwald I took some time to reproduce the Nest thermostat design with inkscape, as a first step to build a JavaFX version of it. Today I’d like to share with you the mistakes I made when trying ...

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More Units with MoreUnit

Just over a year ago I wrote a post about working with JUnit in Eclipse. One of the commenters recommended MoreUnit in order to increase testing efficiency even more. Giving it a try I was delighted and the plugin’s keyboard shortcuts were immediately memorized by my autonomic nervous system… Additionally after using MoreUnit for a while I recognized a slight ...

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