Algorithms for Computer Games

Algorithms and Networking for Computer Games — Jouni Smed & Harri Hakonen, Wiley 2017 (2nd ed.), ISBN 978-1-119-25976-3 As the title indicates this book comprises two major parts, with about 220 pages presenting a broad variety of general algorithms, and another 70 pages on architecture and algorithms for networked games. The first part covers just … Continue reading “Algorithms for Computer Games”

Java SE 10: C# Porting Release

Oracle has recently released Java SE 10, and as usual you can find all the requisite information and links on their overview page. This is the first version that follows last year’s accelerated release scheme, with a new major version dropping every six months. Looking at the final specifications you might well wonder what’s so … Continue reading “Java SE 10: C# Porting Release”

CSS Guide & JavaFX Examples

CSS: The Definitive Guide — Eric A. Meyer & Estelle Weyl, O’Reilly 2017 (4th ed.), ISBN 978-1-449-39319-9 The long expected update to a classic last revised in 2006, this massive tome is certainly definitive in size and detail. More than a thousand pages cover every esoteric wrinkle of CSS anyone might possibly want to know … Continue reading “CSS Guide & JavaFX Examples”

JavaFX decoupled from Java SE 11

Three weeks ago, Oracle’s Donald Smith announced that JavaFX will be decoupled from Oracle’s own Java distributions starting with Java SE 11 (expected this fall). This is reflected in the updated Java Client Road Map which also notes that Swing and AWT will continue to be part of Java SE, “supported by Oracle through at … Continue reading “JavaFX decoupled from Java SE 11”

JavaFX DPI Scaling in Java 9

While porting my projects to Java SE 9 I noticed that the JavaFX team has slipped in some small but important changes concerning DPI scaling that appear to be only documented in the Java bug database, specifically JDK Bug 8091832. The entry for 2016-03-31 notes that the startup flag, defining the minimum display DPI … Continue reading “JavaFX DPI Scaling in Java 9”

Java 9 Incompatibilities

Last year I took a quick look at the newly released Java SE 9 but wanted to delay updating until the corresponding NetBeans version was out. Nothing happened, so that’s the first incompatibility to discuss, followed by JavaMail and JavaFX issues. NetBeans MIA(pache) After four months NetBeans is still in Apache incubator limbo with no … Continue reading “Java 9 Incompatibilities”

Effective Java (3rd ed.)

Effective Java — Joshua Bloch, Pearson Addison-Wesley 2018 (3rd ed.), ISBN 978-0-13-468599-1 This is not just the best book on Java, but one of the best I’ve read on any programming subject. Every Java developer will benefit from Bloch’s solid advice and thorough exploration of language and library quirks, on a par with classic namesake … Continue reading “Effective Java (3rd ed.)”

Programming Languages in 2017

Time for the annual collection of programming language news. Little has changed in terms of popularity rankings; the usual suspects dominate. JavaScript maintains its overall lead, except in the bizarro world of TIOBE. Established newcomers Go, TypeScript, and Swift continue making inroads but are still relatively niche. Kotlin (on which more below) might have a … Continue reading “Programming Languages in 2017”

Core Java 9 for the Impatient

Core Java SE 9 for the Impatient — Cay S. Horstmann, Pearson Addison-Wesley 2017 (2nd ed.), ISBN 978-0-13-469472-6 The Impatient series condenses the traditional monumental Core Java tomes (2,072 pages for Java SE 8) into a single book a quarter the size – 538 pages for Java SE 9, 480 pages for the first edition … Continue reading “Core Java 9 for the Impatient”

Java SE 9 First Look

Oracle has finally released Java SE 9, now available on the Oracle Technology Network. As usual the official end-user portal will switch versions later, so for now it still distributes Java SE 8u144. I have yet to install the JDK, as the corresponding NetBeans update was delayed by its transition from Oracle to Apache. … Continue reading “Java SE 9 First Look”