Using Java and JavaFX to create Java client applications that work on mobile devices
Those of you who attended the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Java Hub or demos during a few recent Java conferences (for example, JavaOne, Devoxx, and JFokus) probably know the coffee machine that allows attendees to order a personalized coffee, the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that creates user-designed badges, or any of the other "OTN Experiences." These OTN Experiences are demonstrations of end-to-end Java projects, spanning from embedded devices, through mobile devices, and onto cloud systems.
The focus of this article is on building mobile applications that allow attendees to consume the OTN Experiences. In a follow-up article, I will talk about how the OTN Experiences are connected to the web and how they are exposed using Oracle Cloud.
There are a few mobile apps in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store that provide the OTN Experiences. Recently, the OTN demo app was released to support the OTN Experiences at the JFokus conference. You can find it in the App Store and in the Play Store. For this article, we will create a standalone Java client application that works on desktop, mobile, and embedded devices (such as the Raspberry Pi), and that provides the same user interface as the apps you could use at the conferences.
By using the Gluon Mobile IDE plugin, the Java client application can easily be installed on iOS and Android phones, without changing a single line of code. Gluon Mobile will adapt your code to the requirements of the native operating systems, and it leverages hardware-accelerated graphics using the JavaFX rendering system.
Getting the Demo App
For this article, we will use dummy back-end implementations, but as mentioned, in the next article we will replace this standalone behavior with the real cloud connection that is used to connect the mobile apps to Oracle Cloud and use the back-end functionality. Read the complete article here.
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