Visual Programming and Interactive Visualizations on the Java Platform

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Event Description

Alternative editors, such as visual programming environments are still rare, at least for general purpose languages and platforms. In this presentations we want to share innovative ideas on how productive visual programming languages can be established as a powerful alternative to textual programming languages. To demonstrate these ideas, we will give an introduction to VRL-Studio, which is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on the Java Platform that combines both visual and text-based programming. Additionally, we will show how the JavaFX scene graph API can be used for fully interactive hierarchical data- and controlflow visualizations.

About the Speaker

Michael Hoffer is a computer scientist working at the Goethe-Center for Scientific Computing in Frankfurt, Germany. He received the JavaOne Rock Star award in 2014 and 2015 and speaks regularly at well-known Java related conferences. Hoffer is the developer of VRL-Studio, an innovative visual programming environment that combines visual and text-based programming. In 2016 he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Hoffer's long-term goal is to create a visual general-purpose programming language based on the Java platform. Hoffer blogs about Visual Programming, Java, JavaFX, and related technologies at .

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6:00-7:00pm Arrive & mingle -- Food & drinks provided by Oracle

7:00pm - 8:00-Main Talk followed by Q&A

8:30 Evacuate the Building

Prizes and Sponsorship
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Premium swag for everyone who walks in the door!

This event is brought to you with support from the following sponsors:

Oracle ( supports our meetup by providing a venue and prizes.

JFrog Artifactory ( supports our meetup membership and gives prizes. ( gives discounts for JUG members.

Jetbrains ( gives out free IntelliJ licenses at our meetings.

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