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[tools-pmc] FW: SWT Port to JavaFX

Here is the google group for our discussions. The code I’m working on is at Tom Schindl has open sourced his work. He’s taking more a RAP approach where I’d prefer to do a real port of SWT to make it easier to adopt. We’ll see where that discussion and work goes.

Feel free to forward this to your friends :). I think upgrading SWT, or in this case being able to replace it with a more modern approach and evolving UI set is the right way to go. At the very least, I’d like to see if this would attract more interest in Eclipse and re-energize the contributor community.

BTW, some thoughts on whether JCP makes JavaFX real or not, we talked about SWT’s problems being the inability to keep up with native APIs, would JCP run into the same problem if it was locked down by a community process. I’d prefer to have a great API that keeps up and services it’s community while allowing the developers the ability to evolve quickly as the space evolves. IMHO.


From: Doug Schaefer <dschaefer@xxxxxxx>
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:57 PM
To: Discussions about the IDE <ide-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: SWT Port to JavaFX

Hey gang,

A group of us have been discussing porting SWT to JavaFX for some time now. We see it as a stepping stone towards having a pure JavaFX UI for the Eclipse IDE. If you haven’t seen JavaFX yet, it’s a very rich framework and Eclipse can definitely benefit from it.

If you’d like to join the discussion and maybe help out, I have set up a Google group where we can start. My first message there gives an idea of what we’re trying to accomplish. But make no mistake, the main objective is to contribute it back to Eclipse and make it a proper SWT port so we can do proper Eclipse IDE builds with it. Join here:


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