Use Java to develop cross platform, portable UI applications easily. Get started with DukeScript Maven archetypes. Read on the see how easy that is...
If you are OK using command line, continue reading on. Otherwise see the DukeScript Getting Started tutorial for steps to do the same from inside of an IDE.
Creating the Project
There is a simple command to create a basic application:
mvn archetype:generate \ -DarchetypeGroupId=com.dukescript.archetype \ -DarchetypeArtifactId=knockout4j-archetype \ -DarchetypeVersion=0.20 \ -Dexample=true
There is another, more complex, archetype to generate skeleton of a CRUD application that shows how you can do client-server communication and reuse Model code on both ends:
mvn archetype:generate \ -DarchetypeGroupId=com.dukescript.archetype \ -DarchetypeArtifactId=crud4j-archetype \ -DarchetypeVersion=0.20
mvn archetype:generate \ -DarchetypeGroupId=com.dukescript.archetype \ -DarchetypeArtifactId=visual-archetype \ -DarchetypeVersion=0.20
Working with the Project
The process of creating the project from an archetype is interactive. You shall
answer various questions and configure parameters describing the project you want
to create. The value of
artifactId parameter is used as a name of directory
to host your project. Once created you can:
$ cd yourArtifactId $ mvn clean install $ mvn -f client/pom.xml exec:exec
and your skeletal application starts. Please see getting started tutorial for more details on the structure of the generated project.
Packaging for Platforms
The JavaFX-based project will always be generated as it provides fast edit/compile/debug cycle needed for fast development (including for example support for no redeploy!). The other subprojects are only generated on demand using these properties..
To create an Android subproject set the
androidpath property to relative path
where the project shall be created. For example by adding
client-android subdirectory with appropriate
pom.xml is going to be created.
There you can execute goal like
mvn android:deploy and your application is
going to be packaged and deployed to your Android device or simulator.
Read the DukeScript book to learn the details.
There are now two ways to support development for your iOS device. Either
via Mobidevelop RoboVM or via Intel's
Multi OS Engine. Depending on which one you
prefer, you shall specify either
moepath property. Specifying
would create two subdirectories
client-moe which would
contain their actions (consult the
nbactions.xml file for details) to build,
deploy, run and debug (in case of MOE) your iOS application.
Browser (plugin-less one)
There is a way to package each of the archetypes as a set of static web pages
and run them as a SPA (single-page application) in any modern browser. To enable
such support specify
client-web property and let it point to the subdirectory
where the appropriate submodule shall be created:
would generate a sub project. Switch to that directory and
use goal like
mvn bck2brwsr:show to
your application virtually anywhere. More detailed actions description
can be found in the
Out of curiosity one can also package the same application as a NetBeans plugin showing the UI is really portable. One can use it to extend functionality of your IDEs (experiment with Eclipse works as well and IntelliJ is said to work too). Use:
to generate the necessary subproject.