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Major improvements to @Preference in e(fx)clipse 2.2.0

With 2.1.0 we introduced our custom @Preference annotation who is to be preferred over the one available as part of the Eclipse 4 Application Platform. With the next nightly build there are even more reasons to use our annotation because you get even cooler features: Support for default values If there’s no value found in […]

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Developing a source code editor in JavaFX (on the Eclipse 4 Application Platform)

You’ve chosen e4 and JavaFX as the technologies to implement your cool rich client application. Congrats! In the first iteration you’ve implemented all the form UIs you need in your application which you made flashy with the help of CSS, animations for perspective switches, lightweight dialogs as introduced in e(fx)clipse 2.0, … . In the […]

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Code editors in general with JavaFX

Yesterday I did a short demo on how one can build code editors with JavaFX while the talk was at Xtextcon most information apply to any code editor you may want to develop with the runtime components developed as part of e(fx)clipse. I’ve uploaded the slides to slideshare The important point is that all this […]

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“Strange” things about java byte code and consequences for API evolution

Eike posted lately about interesting problem when changing the return type of a method with respect to callers of the method. In his sample he switched from a void to a String return type and suddenly old byte code was not able to call the method anymore which sounds strange to most java devs because […]

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Strategy of wrapping C++ libraries in Java

This blog post is more of a question to others (probably much more knowledgeable people than me) who have already wrapped C++ libraries in Java. So if you have and the strategy I document as part of this blog post is completely wrong please comment and point me towards a better one! Anyways let’s get […]

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Animated path morphing in JavaFX

Inspired by a new feature available on Android Lollipop named AnimatedVectorDrawable I found in this blog post and the availability of the Twitter Emoji I tried to recreate the same using JavaFX. The result can be seen in this short video. The process is fairly simple: I used the SVG to FXML converter who is […]

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London calling

Short notice to people reading my blog – just arrived at Heathrow and heading to the city. I’m here for the Bloomberg Eclipse Hackathon on Saturday – it’s not too late to join!

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Eclipse on JavaFX – Get Dark – The power of JavaFX CSS

This is just a short post based on a question I received on twitter: Can one use JavaFX CSS to theme the IDE? Answer: Of course you can! I don’t know myself why people like the dark themes so much but well some do and making your IDE go black with SWT on JavaFX is […]

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Introducing SWT on FX

In my last few presentations I’ve introduced what I named “SonF” which is short for SWT on FX. What is it? SWT on FX is an SWT implementation which instead of using the native widget it use JavaFX controls under the covers (similar to what SWT on Swing did some years ago). What is the […]

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that […]

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