Saturday, August 20, 2011

Writing JavaFX Applications with Griffon

I'm really happy to share one of the side projects I've been working on for a while now. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen images of this in the past, but now I'm finally able to open up the sandbox and let others play.

I have posted a screencast on YouTube that shows how to get started with Griffon, GroovyFX, and JavaFX. I hope you will agree that it is a really fun and easy combination for writing Java desktop clients. If you are ready to try it out for yourself, the archetype I used in the video can be downloaded from my GitHub page. The screencast is embedded below, broken into two parts since it is a little on the lengthy side.

In other GroovyFX news, Jim Clarke and I will be doing an in-depth technical session on GroovyFX at JavaOne. The session will be the last session of the day on Thursday. It's titled "GroovyFX: JavaFX is my bag, baby, yeah!" This session will also touch on using GroovyFX with Griffon so I hope you can squeeze it into your busy JavaOne schedule!

Jim and I have also been busy adding more features to GroovyFX. I hope to post a new article soon describing new features like IDEA code completion and improved event declarations. There is so much Groovy JavaFX stuff to talk about!

Update: The next screencast in this series is now available. This screencast goes into more binding functionality and discusses event handling in JavaFX Griffon applications.

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