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Swing Sightings Volume 2

July 26th, 2001

More Swing Sightings!

The button indicates that if you have Java Web Start installed, you can launch the appication by just simply clicking on the the button. Note: if you don't have Java Web Start installed, you can get it here.

If you know of an application that should be considered for this Swing Connection feature, we'd love to hear about it.

 jDiskReport - jGoodies


Karsten Lentzsch, who recently released the free disk usage viewer called "jDiskReport" on jGoodies.com, has released a preview version of another totally free utility called "jPathReport". The Swing GUI offers several custom look and feels and many novel - and attractive - user interface features. You can launch jDiskReport with Java Web Start. Oh - don't forget to check out jPathReport's "About" box! In addition to listing all of the folks who've worked on jPathReport, there's a request for picture postcards. Send one now!

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 Programmer's Text Editor: Jext.org


Another very impressive stand-alone text editor that has been around for some time is Jext. It's an open source project led by Romain Guy who has been developing Swing applications for nearly as long as Swing has been around. Although its feature list looks similar to the feature list for jEdit, its user interface is quite different. Give it a try!

(Note: the first row of screenshots are Linux, the second are Mac OSX, and the third are Windows.)

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  Raja - Grégoire Sutre & Emmanuel Fleury


Raja is an application for rendering highly realistic geometric models using a graphics technique called ray tracing. Raja was one of the first web deployed applications that we know of. After launching it, try cutting and pasting the contents of one of the Raja source files from the gallery page into the upper panel in the application. Press the start button (it looks like a gear) and watch Raja crank out an image.

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 Voice XML Development Tool - Nuance


Here's a product we learned about at JavaOne this year. Nuance V-Builder(TM) enables one to build a Voice Web site that users can navigate by calling it up on the telephone, and talking to it. And yes, the web site will talk back. V-Builder is based on a new technology called VoiceXML, the Voice Extensible Markup Language, which is designed for creating audio dialogs that incorporate speech recognition and synthesized speech, digitized audio, even recording of spoken input. V-Builder is a graphical tool for building VoiceXML-based sites. Take a look!


The VBuilder site is at vbuilder.nuance.com
The VoiceXML site is at www.voicexml.org

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 CSS1 Editor: UCWare Group


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used to define the appearance of modern HTML documents. A shared style sheet separates the appearance attributes, like fonts and colors, from the document's content. This makes it easy to change the appearance of all documents that share the same style sheet. Similarly, in a single document, separating common appearance attributes into a style sheet makes it easy to change the overall appearance of the document. It's a good example of the old computer science maxim that any problem can be solved by adding one level of indirection. The JustStyle CSS Editor from UCWare Group is a nice Swing based editor for CSS level one. It's the first Swing based CSS editor we've seen!


 
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 Web Presentation Editor - Qarbon.com


"Viewlets" are animated presentations that can be created with a tool from qarbon.com called ViewletBuilder2. The tool is used to organize and annotate a collection of screenshots that can be compiled into a demo that's displayed by a special applet. ViewletBuilder2 is one of the prettiest applications we've seen. It features a great looking custom look and feel and easy-to-use wizards for common tasks. Check out their web site for loads of examples of viewlets in action.


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  jEdit Programmer's Text Editor - Slava Pestov



Many "programmer's text editors" have been written with Swing. Some of them are bundled with programming environments and others are available as stand-alone applications. One of the nicest looking stand-alone editors we've seen is called jEdit. The jEdit open source project is led by Slava Pestov at jEdit.org, who has been developing jEdit for about three years now. Slava informs us that the editor handles syntax highlighting for 54 different file types(!). It uses BeanShell to define actions and as a macro language, and it can be dynamically extended with java plugins. It's also available as a component that you can plug into your applications.


Beanshell can be found atat www.beanshell.org

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  iSQL Viewer - Markus Kobold


We've had some requests about covering "meat and potatoes" Swing applications, like database viewers, report generators, and so on. Here's an example, hopefully the first of many. iSQL-Viewer is a JDBC (2.0) based suite of tools that handles common database tasks. The software is free, and it's distributed under the Mozilla public license. If your business revolves around database work, take a look!

 

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  Baby Room - Emily Page


And last but not least, we wanted to share these pictures of Swinging Duke sent to us by Emily and Corby Page from their soon-to-be son's bedroom (as painted by grandma Mary!).

Emily says that their expecting jr to be as much or more a geek as dad by age 5. :-)

 

 


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