2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.

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Moving on…

Image by Mundilfari

On July 1st I’ll be no longer working full time with Modellus and as a consequence with JavaFX. I will however continue to work on it as an hobby, Modellus 5 is almost complete and I wish on having a very usable version on September.
From that point one, I preview Modellus will start to evolve at a quick pace taking advantage of the change of swing to javafx.

Despite some flawed features and omissions I’ve grown to like JavaFX very much, I think its based on solid concepts and will grow to become a very powerful language. I hope somewhere in the future I can continue working with it at a professional level..

Modellus 5 brief demo

(Modellus new site is: http://modellus.pt)

If you’ve seen my first blog post: http://pixelduke.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/hello-world/. You’ll know what Modellus is.

Today I want to show a very brief demo of the upcoming Modellus 5. It is written in JavaFX and Swing.

Kirill’s talk on animations: http://www.pushing-pixels.org/?p=1579 gave me the idea of making this demo about the movement of physical objects. Bear in mind that this is still in beta stage.

So on to the demo video:

Have a good weekend. 🙂

Hello world!

Hello, my name is Pedro I’m a software engineer and this is my first blog post ever.

As for my job, I’m currently working as a researcher on a University in Portugal, developing Modellus, a free software for modelling physics and mathematics: http://modellus.fct.unl.pt/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Modellus/119393478656 (The current version 4.5 will be available this week). Also made a small contribution to JFxtras – JXScene for javafx1.2 (also thanks to Andrew Hughes).

Modellus is primarily used to aid teaching. By using only a mathematical language (no need to learn any new language) students and teachers are able to create models which then they can interact/view using animations/graphs/tables, etc.

On the previous months I’ve been porting Modellus 4.5 – a swing application – to javafx. As a mid step I’ve embedded the animation part made in javafx onto the rest.

Modellus 5 will be finalized and released till the end of April since, sadly for me, that is the time when the project will suffer an halt because to this date we weren’t able to get more funds.

So to wrap it all up this blog will be about my lessons learned while porting Modellus to JavaFX.