We got great feedback about our first beta release of our JavaFX UI. Many of our ideas were right but our comboxes weren't good enough. We had missing features and some technical problems. One missing feature was: Live search in comboboxes with list of values. Our old implementation of comboboxes was like this:
Our implementation didn't support live filtering, e.g. if you typed a key, the list wasn't shortened...
One problem with this feature was JavaFX' focus handling and popups. It was tricky to keep the focus in the right editor and to keep the popup open or to re-open the popup after every keypress. We had a solution but it was too dirty. So we tried to find a better solution. We moved the the editor in the popup, to avoid focus problems. We had crazy effects with two blinking cursors in two different text fields, very strange.
Our current solution is this:
The design is not perfect but we're working on it. The good thing is that we have no problems with focus and filtering is already working. Here's a screenshot of our date editor:
Our date editor needs a small redesign but it's working. The optimization was planned for release 1.1
If you're interested in our current state, check the source code. We're looking forward to your feedback!
Our code is open source and we still have a separete lib (.ext) for all custom FX controls. The UI implementation for JVx is based on this library. So we have JVx independent JavaFX extensions and our JVx UI implementation.