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Applying Email Validation to a JavaFX TextField Using Binding

This example uses the same controller as in a previous post but adds a use case to support email validation.  A Commons Validator object is ...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JavaFX RadioButtons and Enumerated Types

In JavaFX, RadioButtons are usually added to a ToggleGroup to make the selections mutually exclusive.  The RadioButton selection can be bound as a property to another BooleanProperty field.  That pairing also supports bindBidirectional() such that the RadioButton control can update the field and the field can update the control.

You may want to bind the RadioButton selection to an enumerated type.  Say, you have an enumeration ChoiceType with 3 values.  You want to map each of those 3 values to a RadioButton.  Moreover, you'd like to maintain a single field of ChoiceType for use in a model component.

While there are cool binding expressions that can be used on the RadioButton controls and the owning ToggleGroup, these are limited to one-way bindings.  Specifically, you can build a case statement with the When/then/otherwise construct which will convert the boolean selections to then enumerated type.

This sample program does not use JavaFX Binding and instead uses a pair of listeners.  One listener will set the RadioButtons based on the current ChoiceType.  The other listener will set the ChoiceType from the RadioButtons.

I'm using a free-form data structure associated with each control "Properties" to associated a RadioButton with a particular ChoiceType.  userData will work equally as well, but you may be using that already.

public class RBTest extends Application {

    private static String CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME = "choice";

    enum ChoiceType { C1, C2, C3 }

    private ObjectProperty<ChoiceType> choice = new SimpleObjectProperty<>();

    public void start(Stage primaryStage) throws Exception {

        RadioButton rb1 = new RadioButton( "Choice 1");
        rb1.getProperties().put( CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME, ChoiceType.C1 );

        RadioButton rb2 = new RadioButton( "Choice 2" );
        rb2.getProperties().put( CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME, ChoiceType.C2 );

        RadioButton rb3 = new RadioButton( "Choice 3" );
        rb3.getProperties().put( CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME, ChoiceType.C3 );

        ToggleGroup tg = new ToggleGroup();
        tg.getToggles().addAll( rb1, rb2, rb3 );

        tg.selectedToggleProperty().addListener( (obs,ov,nv) -> {
            choice.set( (ChoiceType)nv.getProperties().get(CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME) );

        choice.addListener( (obs,ov,nv) -> {
            if( nv != null ) {
                        .filter( (rb) -> rb.getProperties().get(CHOICE_PROPERTY_NAME).equals(nv) )
                        .forEach( tg::selectToggle );

        choice.set( ChoiceType.C3 );

        Button btn = new Button("Print Choice");
        btn.setOnAction( (evt) -> System.out.println( choice.get() ));

        VBox vbox = new VBox( rb1, rb2, rb3, btn );

        Scene scene = new Scene(vbox, 320, 480 );

        primaryStage.setScene( scene );

    public static void main(String[] args) {

Monday, March 27, 2017

Kotlin Elements in TorandoFX Type Safe Builders

While the Kotlin-based TornadoFX framework supports many styles to construct a JavaFX UI, the Type Safe Builders are preferred.  Borrowing from a popular Groovy syntax, the TornadoFX Type Safe Builders are Kotlin Extension Functions that use Lambdas to write cleaner programs.

This is an example TornadoFX View which is an HBox containing three Labels.

class GridDemosMainView : View() {

    override val root = hbox {

        label("Label 1")
        label("Label 2")
        label("Label 3")

Monday, January 16, 2017

C# WebClient Parsing JSON Array

This is a snippet of code that calls a RESTful web service and parses the JSON result.  The JSON payload is a list of objects.  The solution uses the .NET class DataContractJsonSerializer and an annotated DataContract.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Kotlin Callable Reference Notes

Method references were added to Java 8 and you may already be using the double-colon (::) syntax to use a method reference as a parameter.  The semantics in Kotlin are different although a change in 1.1 will address these differences.

This article presents a few examples of passing function references in Kotlin 1.0.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Securing JavaFX Content Based on Role

This is an example where a MainView contains two child views, AllAccessView and AdminOnlyView.  All of the views are in .fxml and AllAccessView and AdminOnlyView are fx:included in MainView.

A setRole() method is provided by MainViewController.  This method sets an internal field which is tied to a ChangeListener.  The ChangeListener will decide, based on role, whether or not to show both views (for Admin) or just one (for User).

The fx:include code is wrapped up in Boxes to make the adding and removing easier.

I'll expand upon this later.

The code will explain things better.

SecuredApp Source