When to use JavaFX 2 instead of HTML5 for a Rich Internet Application (RIA)?

Posted in Java / JEE, Web Framework on April 18th, 2012 by Kai Wähner

These days, we are starting a new project for realizing a Rich Internet Application (RIA). One of the first questions is: Which technologies and frameworks shall we use? The backend will be Java or another modern JVM language, as we are mainly experienced Java developer. In most use cases, we also prefer web frameworks, which allow to code mostly in Java, as many of us just have basic knowledge regarding HTML and JavaScript.

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Book Review: Pro JavaFX 2 – A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology

Posted in Web Framework on April 18th, 2012 by Kai Wähner

The book gives an introduction to JavaFX 2, a web framework for realizing Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Overall, this is good book. If you want to get started with JavaFX 2, then you should buy this book. The book is easy to read and has good code examples (which you can download, too) for every feature.

 

Publication Date: February 29, 2012

ISBN-10: 1430268727

ISBN-13: 978-1430268727

Edition: 1

Authors: Jim Weaver, Weiqi Gao, Stephen Chin, Dean Iverson, and Johan Vos

Publisher: Apress

 

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Categorization and Comparison of popular Web-Frameworks in the Java / JVM Environment

Posted in Java / JEE, Web Framework on December 30th, 2010 by Kai Wähner

Categorization of Web-Frameworks in the Java Environment

The following article shows a categorization of Java / JVM web-frameworks, considering different types of web applications. The intention is to give an overview, not to start a flame war.

Motivation

An uncountable number of web-frameworks exists in the Java environment. If you visit IT conferences or google for comparisons, almost always you find a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages. Often, a flame war is the consequence, each guy likes or dislikes a specific framework. Thus, a neutral comparison, which helps to choose the one which fits best for your requirements, is rare.

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Lessons learned: SmartGWT 2.3 – Component-Library for Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

Posted in Java / JEE, Web Framework on December 11th, 2010 by Kai Wähner

I used SmartGWT 2.3 in our last project (duration: 6 months). I wanna share my experiences with that component library in the following.

IMPORTANT: All information is my personal opinion! We bought the SmartGWT Power license, but we used SmartGWT without commercial training or commercial support. Regard this, when you read my stated CONs!

What is SmartGWT?

SmartGWT (http://code.google.com/p/smartgwt) is a component library for the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Four different licences exists. The visual components are free (LGPL). Three further licences exists (see http://www.smartclient.com/product). These licences offer several additional features and components such as data binding, a “push”-implementation or Hibernate integration. We chose the Power Edition. SmartGWT is maintained by SmartClient (http://www.smartclient.com/smartgwt). SmartClient also offers commercial support.

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