Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Griffon

Well it looks like I'm a bit late to the party as James, Jim, Guillaume, and Andres already beat me to it, but I'll say it anyways: Happy Birthday Griffon!  As birthdays are a natural time for reflection, I thought I'd look through my blog archives to find my first Griffon post.  Although not one of my most original titles, My First Griffon App debuted on September 17, 2008 marking me as a happy Griffon user since nearly the beginning.  Since then I've written several other Griffon apps and a few more blog posts about Griffon.

It's been fun watching not only the project develop but also the enthusiastic community spring up around it.  As Jim mentioned in his post, Griffon's presence at JavaOne this year was a major highlight.  The fact that the major IDEs are adding Griffon support and Griffon in Action is set to release this March shows that Griffon truly has arrived.

So congrats to everyone involved.  If you haven't tried Griffon yet, what are you waiting for?  The upcoming 0.2 release is shaping up to be the best yet!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Griffon Tip: Mac Look and Feel on Snow Leopard

If you upgraded your Mac to Snow Leopard recently, you may have noticed that your Griffon apps no longer look the same as they used to on Leopard.  Aside from a few color differences, the biggest giveaway will be that your app no longer uses the standard top menubar.  Fortunately there is a simple fix if you want to use the more native look and feel.  Change your griffon-app/lifecycle/Initialize.groovy file to include the 'mac' look and feel first:
import groovy.swing.SwingBuilder
import griffon.util.GriffonPlatformHelper

SwingBuilder.lookAndFeel('mac', 'nimbus', 'gtk', ['metal', [boldFonts: false]])

The crux of the problem is SwingBuilder tries various L&Fs in the order you specify them and stops when it finds one that works.  Nimbus is the L&F for Java 6 but previous versions of Mac OS X shipped with Java 5.  So SwingBuilder would try Nimbus and it would fail then it would try the Mac look and feel which would work.  Snow Leopard ships with Java 6 so when SwingBuilder tried Nimbus, it worked and it never tried to set the Mac L&F.

EDIT: This will be the default behavior in the upcoming Griffon 0.2 release.  So you will only need this fix if you have Griffon apps from pre-0.2 days.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Griffon Tip: Intercepting Window Closing Events

When building an editor of sorts, it is often useful to intercept the window closing event so that you can prompt the user to save if the editor has unsaved changes.  To do this in Griffon, we first need to change the defaultCloseOperation and define a windowClosing event handler on our application node in the view:

application(title:'Editor', size:[800,600], locationByPlatform: true,
    defaultCloseOperation: WindowConstants.DO_NOTHING_ON_CLOSE, 
    windowClosing: { evt -> 
        // check if the editor needs saving
    }) {
// the rest of your view code here

If we run our application now, we should notice that...the windowClosing event handler never runs.  Turns out that there's one more step--we need to tell Griffon that we want to explicitly handle shutting down the application.  We do this by setting autoShutdown=false in griffon-app/conf/Application.groovy Once this is set, we should notice that our windowClosing event handler runs.  Since Griffon is no longer responsible for automatically shutting down our application, we must make sure to call app.shutdown() somewhere in our closing logic or the user won't be able to exit the app.