JDK 11 Release – Expert Panel

Yesterday I was invited to an expert panel accompanying the JDK 11 Release. Thanks to Oracle and the DPunkt-Verlag, that organized the event. We had a lot of fun discussing new features, the new licensing model, but also issues that did not go so well in this release. The video is in German.

If you just want to try things out, I recommend using the OpenJDK, because you can use it for anything without having to worry when to buy a commercial license.

A new chapter

A Path Through The Trees by Henry Burrows, CC BY-SA 2.0

This week I started my new job at Karakun AG. Karakun is an IT company located in Basel, Switzerland, which was just founded by a group of former Canoo employees – including myself. In the beginning our offering will be focused on IT services, but later on we plan to develop products, too.

I am very excited about this new opportunity, which I am sure will be interesting and challenging. And the journey continues…

New features in ReduxFX 0.1 release – Part 2

As mentioned in my previous post, I added two important new features to ReduxFX 0.1. While the previous post focused on the ability to communicate with the outside world from ReduxFX application, this post focuses on the second new feature: the ability to write standard JavaFX components.

Concept of component architecture
A JavaFX component written with ReduxFX is assembled like a small ReduxFX application

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New features in ReduxFX 0.1 release

Last week I released version 0.1 of ReduxFX, which added two important features to the library. Now ReduxFX has support for the development of UI-components and it is possible to communicate with external systems. In this post I will give a short introduction into the latter.

Concept of external communication with ReduxFX
The ReduxFX Updater sends commands to the Driver, which communicates with external components. Notifications are sent back via Actions.

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MVC is dead – what comes next? – Part 2

The first part of this series gave an overview of the key concepts and listed some of the main advantages of using functional reactive programming techniques in UI development. Future articles we will focus on different components that are involved, starting today with the State component, a key ingredient of functional reactive UI programming.

MVC vs FRP Data Structures
In MVC we differentiate between domain model and UI state, in functional reactive UI programming everything is part of the State.

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MVC is dead – what comes next?

React.js, Elm, Cycle.js, and other UI frameworks introduced a new way of building user interfaces. By applying principles from functional reactive programming to UI development, they even changed how we think about user interfaces. In no time, these approaches have simply smashed the seemingly inevitable dominance of MVC and its siblings (MVP, MVVM etc.). This article, which is the first in a series, will give a brief introduction into this new way of building UIs and list some of the advantages it has over traditional approaches. These factors are so strong, that in my opinion there is a good chance that we are right now witnessing the end of the MVC-era.

Graph showing the cyclic dependency between DOM Driver, ActionCreator, Updater, and View()
Concept of functional reactive UI development

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