Planning for JavaFX.next
tbee at tbee.org
Fri Dec 9 09:40:25 UTC 2016
Well, a lot of people already have made suggestions. For me the focus-lost issue is a very important thing. But more exotic is the easy data entry; this is something that for administrative applications is a real gain (and where is Java used a lot?). I had to hammer JTable into obedience to get it working in the the current Swing based application. It comes down to being able -like in MSaccess- to quickly enter data in cells; type amount, hit-enter-on-the-number-pad, type articlenr, hit-enter-on-the-number-pad, automatically a new row is added, type amount, ... You get the flow.
I'm going to wrap up my ResponsivePane first. Functionally it is complete, but it needs fine tuning, tests, documentation and of course one or two blog posts. And then I'm going to pain myself with J9 and then upgrading TestFX. I'll keep you informed.
About FlexBox, and I'll be writing a blog on this, in web applications is it custom to work based on a certain width and then assume unlimited vertical space through a scrollbar. I think that in a normal application this is not the UI that users expect, but they also expect a fixed height and then some dynamic layout with lists and tables within. Take a minute and imagine some applications you are using; even a webbrowser has a given width and height, with a webview inside doing the scrolling. So I'm taking a different approach with ResponsivePane. Not sure if it is the correct or best, but it is working well for my time registration testapp. I'm not seeing FlexBox happing for applications.
On 8-12-2016 06:31, Jonathan Giles wrote:
> Can you dive into what you want to see in TableView? Performance improvements, or some particular features?
> Btw, I'd love to see someone in the community implement a flexbox layout. It seems to be what I hear most about these days.
> Finally - have you tested your custom layouts on JDK 9 EA builds? I would suspect they don't work quite so well (i.e. I'd be surprised if you can still compile)....so any feedback there about what is missing to you would also be very useful.
> -- Jonathan
> On 7/12/16 9:19 PM, Tom Eugelink wrote:
>> From my perspective, from this list, TableView is a big candidate to get some real TLC. And about animations; for testing it is very important to be able to _easy_ detect when an animation is still active (one of the biggest problems I currently have with CSS 3 animations).
>> About Layout containers, those are fairly easily written by the community, so I'm not sure is that is what you should be focusing at. I've done MigPane and am now working on ResponsivePane. I think the JavaFX team should more focus on the core?
>> And do add mobile to that core please. Maybe not the full monty like Gluon, but help as much as possible.
>> On 8-12-2016 00:45, Jonathan Giles wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> Development on JDK 9 is slowly starting to ramp down, and we are starting to turn our attention to the goals for JavaFX in JDK 10 and beyond. We are starting to compile our list of what we think is important, but we really want to hear from the community about what their highest priorities are to them. As always, it's important to keep in mind what JavaFX is (e.g. it isn't aiming to be a high-performance game engine), but even still there are bound to be a number of places where people might want to weigh in, for example:
>>> * New layout containers (e.g. Flexbox)
>>> * Public APIs for UI control behaviors
>>> * Marlin renderer enabled by default
>>> * Support for CSS animations
>>> * CSS performance improvements
>>> * TableView improvements (cell spanning, row / column freezing, etc)
>>> * TableView performance
>>> * Focus traversal API
>>> * WebGL support in WebView
>>> * Improved image I/O support
>>> * A JavaFX equivalent of the AWT Desktop APIs
>>> * Multi-res image API
>>> * NIO-backed writable images
>>> If there are other areas of interest that aren't listed here, please start discussing them and we can work together to determine priorities. If all you want to do is add a +1 for one of more of the items above, even that will be very useful.
>>> -- Jonathan
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