Comments in code are supposed to help other programmers understand your code so that they can build on it, improve it and, sometimes, fix it. Are the comments that you’re leaving in your code helping anyone to do that?
Lots of IT departments struggle to succeed with software development. It's one of the most difficult things any company can try to do because software development is almost always about exploration, investigation, innovation and learning as you go. Users rarely know what they want, certainly don't know what is possible, and have trouble visualizing how software will work before it is delivered. Programmers, for their part, often have limited understanding of the business and are usually expected to leverage new technologies they've never used before to build working solutions.
For the past 35 years I've spent a lot of time thinking about how we think about building systems. This blog is a place for me to share what I've learned about not just programming, but the entire lifecyle of business applications - from the initial idea to satisfy a business need, right through development and maintenance, to the inevitable day when it's time to replace it with something newer and better.
This blog is still very much a work in progress. Expect to see both technical articles and articles about programming in a business environment. Lately, I've been concentrating on writing tutorials for my "Elements of JavaFX" series. There is a surprising lack in the web right now of high quality information about how to use JavaFX properly, and I'm hoping that this series can fill that hole.
How much code does it take to build a complete Hangman game in JavaFX?It turns out … Not much!
Is the Single-Threaded JavaFX GUI a Limitation?
PropertyValueFactory is an obsolete convenience method designed to eliminate boilerplate. We don’t don’t need it any more now that we have Lambda expressions.
There’s a lot of ways that software development projects can fail, or partially fail. Some of these happen when the users don’t understand as much as you think they do about what you’re building, how it will look and how it will work.
Model-View-Controller is generally accepted as a good way to structure an application with a user interface. Since JavaFX implements Reactive programming there’s a natural way to incorporate MVC into a JavaFX application. However, it doesn’t seem to be widely documented and there’s little evide...
In Part 2, we’ll build a filter and converter which will handle decimal data input with a fixed number of decimal places.
JavaFX contains powerful tools to turn simple TextFields into specialized entry fields for any kind of data you can think of.
MineSweeper! Everyone’s favourite time-waster Windows game. Implemented in JavaFX showing how the reactive nature of JavaFX can be used with MVC to create a game.
Stop treating your JavaFX controls as data and passing them global EventHandlers.