Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday Fun LXIII - JDKMon

 Aloha,

I've took some days off this week and continued working on a little tool I wrote, JDKMon. Because I have a couple of JDK's on my machine and I usually don't use tools like sdkman or other installers but instead install the JDK's by hand I always wanted to have a tool that keeps track on the latest available versions and inform me about updates.

Well because I've created the Disco API for foojay I'm now able to use this api to create this tool. In principle the tool will try to find all JDK's installed in a folder (that you can define) and checks the Disco API for updates for each of the JDK's found. If an update was found it will tell you the latest available version for the distribution and give you the ability to download the different available versions.

Just to be clear, the tool won't scan your whole harddrive for installed JDK's but only the given folder with all it's subfolders. For me that works fine because I have all JDK's installed in the same folder. 

On MacOS this folder usually can be found at /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines where on Windows it can be C:\Program Files\Java and on Linux it might be /usr/lib/jvm. But like mentioned you can choose the folder JDKMon should look for JDK's.

JDKMon will scan for new updates every 3 hours and will show you a notification if there are updates available. The app makes use of FXTrayIcon which makes it possible to have the app running in the SystemTray (if available). On MacOS and Windows that works fine. On Linux it won't work so in this case it is simply an app that comes with a menu.

After the app started it will scan for JDK's and will then show a window with all JDK's found. On MacOS that window will like look like follows:


On the screenshot above you see the alphabetical list of JDK's found in the folder that is shown on top. The distributions where the tool found updates will have additional info like the arrow followed by the latest available version and some colored buttons. The buttons on the right will show the available archive types for each distribution. Once you click on one button it will ask you for a folder to download the package to and after you have selected one it will download the selected package to that folder.

So the tool won't install automatically the downloaded JDK...this is up to you. The tool will also adopt to the selected screen mode (dark/bright) on MacOS and Windows. I've also tried to make the main window and notifications look like the native windows. Here is a screenshot of the Windows version on a bright themed Windows 10 installation:


The supported distributions at the moment are:

- Adoptium (but there are no packages yet)

- AdoptOpenJDK HotSpot

- AdoptOpenJDK OpenJ9

- Corretto

- Dragonwell

- GraalVM CE

- Liberica

- Liberica Native

- Mandrel

- Microsoft Build of OpenJDK*

- OJDK Build

- Oracle JDK (no direct download)

- Oracle OpenJDK

- RedHat (no direct download)

- SAP Machine

- Trava

- Zulu

* The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is currently not available on the public Disco API but only on my own server which is the reason why you can see it on the Windows screenshot. But it will come with the next deployment.


Like already mentioned this is just a tool that I needed for my own machine and I also used it to test the detection of dark/light mode etc.

Because the Disco API still is under development it might come to situation where you don't find the latest available JDK of a distribution directly but I'm working on that so that it will hopefully be up to date most of the times.

As always the source code is available over at github where you can also find the installers/jars in the releases section.

I'm using github actions to build and upload the artifacts with each build so that you can also find the latest available artifacts for MacOS and Windows in the actions section.

The tool is not finished yet because it needs a bit more love for Linux which will be the next task to do. At least it should look not like a MacOS app on Linux forever. So I will try to adjust it to maybe the Ubuntu UI.

That's it for today, so enjoy the upcoming weekend and...keep coding... 


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