So You Want to Write a Java Desktop Application

When starting out programming there are so many things that you need to learn.  The problem is made worse by the fact there are so many things you do not know you need to know.  Added to this is a multitude of things that you think you need to know that you try to learn.

So You Want to Write a Java Desktop Application was written for just such a situation.  This book takes you step by step through the process of building a Java application with JavaFX.  The aim of the book is to build an application starting with a basic description, understanding the application design, and working through each section fully.  All the code is provided so the reader can build as they read.  By the end of the book, you will have a working application, as well as a good understanding of how to design and build your own applications.

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Roles in Software Development

There are many terms used within the software industry to describe roles that people perform.  All of these roles contribute in some shape or form to produce and deliver software to a target audience.

Many of the terms used are arbitrarily assigned by organisations as they suit, and do not necessarily conform to any agreed to and understood definition.  In fact, if you were to look these terms up in an attempt to define each you will find a varying array of explanations. Continue reading “Roles in Software Development”

Configure your application using a properties file

When I first started out in programming, I made the same mistake I now see countless people make when starting.  I wrote code for me and that worked, and that was good enough for me.  As time passed and the code I produced expanded and became more ambitious so my bad habits became more ingrained.  I think it is something we all do; we all go through.  It is not until we encounter an issue, a reason to change, that we appreciate the error of our ways.  If we are fortunate we get an opportunity to work with other more worldly wise programmers who can help us adopt good habits; if not then we need hard lessons to alter our behaviour.

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Wrap Java into an executable with Launch4J-Part 2

Previously I had written a blog called “Wrap Java into an executable with Launch4J”. The title for the article I now realise was perhaps misleading in that it only covered how to download the tool and install. I understand that some readers may actually want an example of how to convert their Java code into an actual executable. This aims to address that short coming.

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