Music Explorer FX 2.0: Now with Real Music

    May 16, 2010 5:42 PM

    The latest version of Music Explorer FX is now available. It boasts some significant changes, most notably access to full-length, licensed audio tracks. Real Music A significant limitation of previous versions of MEFX was the lack of access to licensed audio. Since most music is not freely available, MEFX would have to offer up whatever free content it could find on the internet. So if you brought up Lynyrd Skynyrd, for example, you were likely to come up with five remixes of someone sampling Freebird, when really all you wanted is the studio version of Sweet Home Alabama.

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    GR8 US Postmortem: Be the Outlier

    April 19, 2010 12:21 AM

    The Groovy GR8 conference is a small intimate gathering that is part educational, part commiseration over not being able to fully use Groovy in the day job, and part therapeutic for having to deal with the incessant ribbing from your pretentious Rails coworkers.

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    Flipping Nodes with the JavaFX PerspectiveTransform

    April 13, 2010 6:05 PM

    In working on some new features for Music Explorer FX 2.0, one of the issues I’ve had to think about is where to put track information for an artist. The current UI is mostly visual and doesn’t afford a lot of space per artist. For reference, here is how a typical artist is currently represented:

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    Interviews with Average Programmers

    March 20, 2010 10:03 PM

    Books that interview luminous, high-profile programmers seem to be popular right now.  Titles like “Coders at Work“, and “Secrets of the Rockstar Programmers“  have interview-style formats in which various programmers generally regarded to be some of the best in the industry are asked questions about how they got their start, and where they think the industry is headed, etc.

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    JavaFX Tag Visualizer Source Code

    March 17, 2010 3:16 PM

    Some of my first experiments with JavaFX involved alternative ways of visualizing tag clouds. Specifically there was the "dome" visualizer, and the "radial" visualizer, both pictured below with their respective webstart links.

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    JavaFX Family Tree Visualizer Source Code

    March 16, 2010 5:51 PM

    A couple people have requested the source code for this Family Tree Visualizer that I contributed to JFXStudio a while back. Thanks to those who had interest in it. This visualization foregoes the typical tree structure by displaying a family tree in concentric rings with the younger generations rippling out from the middle (much like a real tree). There’s also some animation to flip back and forth between the two examples (the Baggins line and the House of Durin from Lord of the Rings).

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    MEFX at SXSW

    March 15, 2010 5:03 PM

    Paul passes along this photo of Music Explorer FX being demoed at the SXSW music festival this past week. It’s nice to see that a) JavaFX is getting some representation at such a diverse and high profile festival and that b) Music Explorer FX is still a part of that promotion. This seems like a natural fit though since MEFX is an application for music discovery, and SXSW is, after all, a festival about discovering new music.

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    JavaFX at the Chicago Java Users Group

    December 12, 2009 6:30 PM

    I’ll be giving a talk on JavaFX this upcoming Tuesday, December 15th at the Chicago Java Users Group. The talk is titled “JavaFX for Java Developers”, and is meant to be a survey of JavaFX from the perspective of someone already familiar with Java.

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    I Heart Joel on Software

    December 2, 2009 6:25 PM

    Let me make one thing perfectly clear before you embark on this journey with me: I very much love reading anything Joel Spolsky writes. I am a Joel on Software fan-boy. I am also aware that, due to his ubiquitously strong opinions, he is frequently cited/criticized on other tech blogs, and that doing so is derivative and shallow, even though that’s what I’m about to do here.

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    All I Really Need to Know About Programming I Learned in Kindergarten

    November 13, 2009 2:44 AM

    On the days that I pick up my daughter from Kindergarten, she’s always bursting with excitement over what she has learned that day. It often makes me wistful for my own Kindergarten days, almost 30 years ago. As I listen to my daughter talk about her day, I reflect on my own time in kindergarten, and how, trite as it might seem, that year spent in school at age six, really gave me all the tools and life lessons I needed to be a professional programmer.

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