June 5, 2009
I was one of the few attendees of the late-night JWebPane BOF (BOF-3992). Artem Ananiev and Alexey Ushakov gave a fantastic demo of a Java web browser based on the JWebPane component (I’m trying to get ahold of a screen shot of this). I did learn that WebKit doesn’t actually provide a rendering engine, but instead provides hooks such that you can be told when and what to paint. This works out well, because JWebPane’s content can be completely painted using Java 2D and Swing.
The team was of course asked when JWebPane would be released (this was my only motivation for attending!). As expected, no date was provided, but they did suggest that it may be available by the end of the year (2009). They also said that an actual date would be put forth within the next couple of months.
One interesting tidbit of information that slipped out was that JWebPane’s release date is being aligned with JavaFX. It’s not clear to exactly why this connection to JavaFX exists, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
** Update: screen shots available here. **