Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Cloud Best Practices Network, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, APM Blog

Related Topics: Java IoT, IoT User Interface

Java IoT: Article

Pet Store with JavaFX 1.0.- Part I

Popular Java application gets a facelift with JavaFX

I work for a company called Farata Systems. Laura is our office manager, and she doesn’t know Java. Everyone else does. We work in the enterprise RIA space using Adobe Flex as a main development tool for creating all these Web pages connecting to the server side applications written in Java.

In December of 2008, Sun Microsystems has released the first version of a language for developing UI for RIA. I’ve been watching the evolution of JavaFX from its announcement at JavaOne 2007 till its release, but wasn’t able to find any demos that would prove that this extension of Java platform can be considered as a candidate for boring needs of enterprise applications. Watching demos like a bunch of balls moving inside a glass didn’t look too convincing to me.

We decided to contribute to Java community and invest some time and resources to figure out what JavaFX 1.0 is capable of. Most of the Java developers know what Pet Store application is. For many years this reference implementation has been used by Sun Microsystems as a part of Java BluePrints program for Java EE platform.

The current version of this application is described in the article called “Introducing the Java Pet Store 2.0 Application” that’s available at http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/J2EE/petstore/.

We re-used the existing back end of the Pet store, but performed a little facelift by replacing the UI developed with AJAX/JSP/JavaServer Faces with JavaFX 1.0.

I was working on this project with our senior Java developer Alex Litskevich who’s done lots of digging and research trying to find the best solutions whenever we would run into limitations of JavaFX.
The goal of this introductory article is to demo the JavaFX Pet Store. You can watch a quick prerecorded demo at this URL .

In the future, I’ll deploy this application in one of our public servers and will review the code.

Last year, while attending a conference in India, I met an excellent Sun’s software engineer Greg Murray, one of the authors of the idea of Pet Store application. Greg, I hope you’ll like this version of your pet store.

Flex, JavaFX, Silverlight…

I’ll be honest with you, during development of this application in the back of my mind I’ve been constantly comparing the way things are done in JavaFX with how I’d do the same with Adobe Flex.

Simply put, today, Flex is a lot more productive than JavaFX. But let’s remember that we are comparing products of versions 3 vs. version 1. If you know how to develop Swing applications, you might want to continue doing this rather than manually creating JavaFX 1.0 wrappers for Java code as we did in our Pet Store.

The biggest issue is that JavaFX 1.0 doesn’t include any UI component library that a Web developer needs. I’m not talking about data grids or tree views. Even such simple things as a hyperlink component aren’t there. I can’t think of any other reason but a trivial lack of time and limited human resources allocated by Sun for development of this new UI set.

Hopefully, Sun will release a JavaFX 2.0 in foreseeable future with a full set of UI components, containers, navigators, and layouts. Just to draw an analogy, Microsoft has released absolutely naked Silverlight 1.0 in 2007, but full featured Silverlight 2.0 became available a year after.

The good news is that Java developers have already started building their own open source components for JavaFX. The name of this project is jfxtras .

On the other hand, I see some features available for JavaFX developers that are missing in Flex.

For example, ActionScript doesn’t support multi-threading. This is not an issue when it comes to communication with remote sites – all remote calls are asynchronous and use callbacks for server-to-client data flows. But if you’d need to write or use an existing Java library that performs some CPU-intensive calculations on the client, I’m sure Java will beat ActionScript. The syntax of both languages is pretty similar though (see http://flexblog.faratasystems.com/?p=115).

JavaFX supports eval() function that allows to compile and execute a piece of code on the fly. Flex doesn’t support this useful feature.

Two-way binding already exists in JavaFX but in Flex will get it only in version 4.

I’ve yet to see some benchmarks comparing Flex and JavaFX network protocol. The latter just offers XML and REST for data exchange between client and server. Of course, you can program Java sockets or wrap up an RMI client into JavaFX – would it be faster than ActionScript Real-Time Messaging Protocol? We don’t know. Or take HTTP tunneling between Java Applet and a server-side Java stream. Would it be faster than using AMF, an HTTP-based binary protocol? We don’t know yet.

JavaFX removes a lot of complications in developing mobile applications. It promises to remove the need of using Java SE for desktop and Java ME for mobile – JavaFX should be the only solution you need. JavaFX Mobile 1.0 offers hardware acceleration. Keep in mind, there are 2.6 billion of Java enabled mobile devices! JavaFX has serious advantage in this domain over Flash Lite.

JavaFX 1.1 has been released on February 12, 2009. It offers performance improvements, bug fixes, new features in the mobile space, but no major additions to the desktop platform.

I understand that this is not a good time to ask for some serious cash injections, but if executives of Sun Microsystems won’t find a way to double the size of the team working on the future version of JavaFX, entire Adobe Flex team can safely go on sabbatical for a year. If the money is tight, the sooner JavaFX will go open source, the better.

Even though I wouldn’t start developing with JavaFX a project that needs to go in production this year, overall, JavaFX looks promising. Try it out and see for yourself.

This article has been originally published on the Yakov Fain's blog and is printed with author's permission.

More Stories By Yakov Fain

Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Roundee / LinearHub will exhibit at the WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LinearHub provides Roundee Service, a smart platform for enterprise video conferencing with enhanced features such as automatic recording and transcription service. Slack users can integrate Roundee to their team via Slack’s App Directory, and '/roundee' command lets your video conference ...
Digital transformation is too big and important for our future success to not understand the rules that apply to it. The first three rules for winning in this age of hyper-digital transformation are: Advantages in speed, analytics and operational tempos must be captured by implementing an optimized information logistics system (OILS) Real-time operational tempos (IT, people and business processes) must be achieved Businesses that can "analyze data and act and with speed" will dominate those t...
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ReadyTalk, a leading provider of online conferencing and webinar services, has been named Vendor Presentation Sponsor at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ReadyTalk delivers audio and web conferencing services that inspire collaboration and enable the Future of Work for today’s increasingly digital and mobile workforce. By combining intuitive, innovative tec...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often ...
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
WebRTC adoption has generated a wave of creative uses of communications and collaboration through websites, sales apps, customer care and business applications. As WebRTC has become more mainstream it has evolved to use cases beyond the original peer-to-peer case, which has led to a repeating requirement for interoperability with existing infrastructures. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Graham Holt, Executive Vice President of Daitan Group, will cover implementation examples that have enabled ea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...