I downloaded the latest test build and it worked well.
Great, thanks, good to know.
Would be good if it came pre-loaded with a cool demo project that would play some music and make a video with GLSL just to show off the features.
Agreed(ish). Some more up-to-date and more exciting examples are definitely needed. I'm less sure about packaging them in the install unless I can make some without many resources - the installer for the new version will be big enough already.
I presume you tried the New Custom and Smoky 3D examples on the Resources
Impressive for how you were able to borrow some code from netbeans. Was it difficult to integrate? I've also experimented with the swing code editor JSyntaxPane but found it to be unreliable and always wanted to know how hard it would be to borrow the editor from netbeans or eclipse.
Praxis LIVE is based on the NetBeans platform
(in fact, it's in the showcase) so integrating the editor wasn't too difficult, though connecting everything up so that it treats the in-memory class body as an actual Java file was fun!
If you're not building on top of the NetBeans RCP, I'm not sure I'd even attempt to use the editor - there used to be a separate library available but not for some time. Not sure how usable the Eclipse editor is outside its platform either.
In the depths of time I used JSyntaxPane too, but for the last few years the editor in Praxis LIVE was RSyntaxTextArea
. I'd recommend it if you're looking for a lightweight code editor component, and it has some additional code completion support (though not as good as a full IDE editor, hence my switch).
PS: The older version 131206 didn't work when I started it. Just an opening splash screen and then it died ... Windows 7, intel i7.
But I bet not Java 7!
Unfortunately 131206 is not compatible with Java 8. Not my fault - there's a bug in NetBeans platform 7.2 - that version of the IDE doesn't work with Java 8 either. I'll be glad when I can consider Praxis LIVE v2 stable enough to remove the 131206 download.
Also I tried downloading the example zip file (examples 120620.zip) but couldn't figure out how to load it.
After unzipping externally it should recognise all the subfolders (01 Hello World, etc.) as projects which can be opened.
Also, in case you got this far, remember to restart the hub (red circular arrow) between trying to run each example.
The project zip / unzip menu items are from the underlying platform, and may be more trouble than they're worth at the moment. I'll do some testing with them prior to the next release, and if they're not proving that useful will hide them.
Thanks for your input, Neil