Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

5 changes we are considering in 2016 for IDRsolutions

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There are changes we are looking forward at in 2016

The start of the new year is always a good time to reconsider and make new plans. We have been discussing how we would like to develop IDRsolutions in 2016 and here are some of our ideas. Nothing is set in stone yet, so we would love to get your feedback. What do you think?

1. Move to Java 8

We currently support Java 6 and above. Java 8 came out in 2014 and Java 6 and 7 are no longer supported by Oracle. Java6 was released way back in 2006. So is 2016 the time for us to make our code used Java 8 only?

2. Switch to Git from Mercurial

We use Mercurial for version control (because it was the original requirement for FogCreek’s kiln software). We use git for new work but so far have not updated our existing modules. Is it time to switch completely to Git?

3. Move to Maven

We still have lots of Ant scripts as part of our build process. Should we recode these in Maven?

4. Merge the Swing and JavaFX PDF viewers into a single Viewer

The positioning of JavaFX has changed significantly and is now more a complement to Swing than a replacement. And JavaFX is no longer so attractive as a solution for embedded devices. So maybe we should have just ONE viewer, using both technologies together.

5. Attend Business of Software 2016

I last went to this amazing conference in 2010 and the last few years it  has not been possible to attend. Does anyone have more recent experience of BoS?

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IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

2 Replies to “5 changes we are considering in 2016 for IDRsolutions”

  1. We are using Java 8 and would be happy to have JPedal at that level. Having JavaFX and Swing versions is not helpful to us. We’d just like one great product and don’t care so much about the internal technology. We do need to embed it in a swing app though.

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