New: Rendering of Java and JavaFX in the Lobo Java Web Browser
Today's release of the 0.98 version of the Lobo Java Web Browser contains some interesting goodies for Java and JavaFX source files—the Lobo browser can render them! Here I describe a very useful scenario where these enhancements play out very nicely.
I have been a fan of Lobo, and all that it represents, for a while now. I wrote the following articles for Javalobby some time ago, to get people up to speed with plugin development for Lobo:
- Plugging into Lobo's Pure Java Web Browser
- Rendering New Content Types in the Lobo Java Web Browser
- How to Add Syntax Coloring for XML in the Lobo Java Web Browser
I also wrote Getting Started with the Lobo Java Web Browser's Sources, which still worked for me when I set up the sources again today. Of course, you don't need the sources at all if you simply want to use the browser, as a user rather than as a developer. Now that 0.98 is out, you can open Java files (or JavaFX files) in the browser to render them. That's really cool in combination with your development environment, where you could be typing your source code in your editor, while refreshing the browser whenever you want to see how your source file will be rendered at runtime:
Imagine how cool it would be if we were to integrate the Lobo Java Web Browser into NetBeans IDE (or any other IDE). We'd be able to render our Java source files. Often enough, you're not using the Matisse GUI Builder in NetBeans IDE, for one reason or another. In those cases, there's no way of knowing what your user interface will look like at runtime, because the designer can't help you if you're not using Matisse and the Preview functionality is only available if you're using Matisse. Now, with the Lobo Java Web Browser, that will be completely possible. Hurray for Lobo!