In perhaps the first use of JavaFX for a large-scale international event, JavaFX has been named the official rich client technology for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). During the XXI Olympic Winter Games Vancouver2010.com, the official Web site of the 2010 Olympics, is expected to be one of the world’s busiest Web destinations, attracting more than 1.5 billion hits.
Sport fans around the globe can now explore the historical Winter Games medal results through an innovative JavaFX application, Medal Wheel, available at http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-medals/geo-view/.
The Medal Wheel application enables users to examine Olympic Winter Games results from Chamonix 1924 to Vancouver 2010 in an engaging, intuitive environment. A highly graphical user interface encourages exploration of the history of the Olympic Winter Games by providing dynamic visualizations of medal results for countries, sport disciplines, and athletes. Additionally, the JavaFX Results Ticker widget, available on February 12, 2010, will enable sport fans to follow the 2010 Winter Games’ medal results as they happen directly from the convenience of their desktop.
“The JavaFX platform delivers a compelling mix of ubiquity, expressiveness and performance that enables web content developers to strongly differentiate their applications,” said Jeet Kaul, vice president, Client Software Group, Sun. “VANOC’s use of JavaFX technology to create an unparalleled user experience confirms its position as a leading contender among rich client development platforms.”
Lately most large sports’ events have been using Adobe Flash – Adobe Flex to deliver RIAs for scores & results. So it is to be seen how JavaFX performs and whether it is accepted by the millions who are expected to visit the winter Olympics site.
You need to install the JavaFX runtime when you first visit the site to be able to view the JavaFX application.