WidgetFX @ M3DD Conferencesteveonjava | January 22, 2009
Through a generous invitation by Sun, I had the opportunity to attend the Mobile, Media & eMbedded Developer Days (M3DD) Conference down in Santa Clara.
There was definitely some very cool stuff going on, most notably the upcoming JavaFX Mobile release. Is it real? Well, here is a screenshot of JavaFX running on a real device:
The official release is due out in February, which will include full support for deploying JavaFX applications that use the common profile to mobile devices. The JavaFX Mobile team has been super busy cranking out the last few bits for the upcoming release, but were at the conference in force, armed with a myriad of devices to show the platform capabilities.
Also of note was a cool presentation by Ariel Levin showing mobile widgets deployed to a consumer portal written in LWUIT. Right now their technology is not interoperable with JavaFX Mobile, but they definitely have support of JavaFX widgets in their future roadmap.
Although, I have to give it up to Ken Gilmer of Bug Labs for coolest demo. While it is not a mobile phone, the BUG has dozens of modules that allow low level access to motion sensors, cameras, GPSs, and other sensors. Ken also has invented a new demo style called redo programming where he did a fully functional demo with real code exclusively using the undo buffer in Eclipse!
This was all great motivation to do some more work on deploying WidgetFX widgets to mobile devices. More on this once JavaFX Mobile is released, but look forward to some exciting widget action in your pocket!