revisiting Java as a front-end
So here goes.
I know this has been touched on in the past but nothing is current and I want your (mp3car forum experts and novices alike) opinion.
First a little background:
I am, have and will be learning Java. I'm planning to take my SCJP test in a few weeks. I work a full time (non i.t. related) job so this is all done on the spare time I can find. I have no time or want right now to learn another language since Java, I'm hoping, will lead to a career change.
I want to build a carputer, and want it my way. I don't want a front-end that limits me (yes I've looked at what's out there and what they can do) and I want to be able to change it as I want when I want and not just the UI.
I have worked a bit with JMF and can work my way around and have done some swing and awt work too. I also can handle multi-threading.
I know one of the problem many people bring up for example is GPS and maps. Access to maps i.e. online, and it not being good since the computer won't always be online. I plan on being online.. all the time. It's 2009 and I think it's not too much to think a computer, even in a car, can be online all the time...
Again I just want opinion, advice and ideas. Whether good or bad, you agree or disagree please share.
Also I know many programmers consider Java SLOW. I've heard that and having worked on and looked at Java program I don't think the difference in performance would be an issue for what I plan to do.
Thanks in advance