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New graphics settings are coming to binjr

I’m considering adding a new sub-category to binjr’s Settings panel, which, for the time being, goes by the woefully unimaginative name of “Graphics”.

Not that I am planning to turn binjr into a video game engine or anything, but because I’ve recently felt the need to surface some existing JavaFX properties pertaining to how its rendering stack operates directly into the application. Up until now those were only settable via undocumented command line arguments, and having a more accessible way to control them seemed like a good idea.

New Data Adapter: JDK Flight Recorder

It has been a pretty long time since we’ve added support for a new data source in binjr, but coming up in release 3.13 is something quite new indeed: support for recordings produced by JDK Flight Recorder (JFR, for short).

So what, exactly, is JFR? To quote Wikipedia:

JDK Flight Recorder is an event recorder built into the OpenJDK Java virtual machine. It can be thought of as the software equivalent of a Data Flight Recorder (Black Box) in a commercial aircraft. It captures information about the JVM itself, and the application running in the JVM. There is a wide variety of data captured, for example method profiling, allocation profiling and garbage collection related events. The technology was open sourced in 2018.
Analysis and visualization of flight recordings are normally done using JDK Mission Control (JMC).

Every single event recorded by JFR naturally includes a timestamp, making it a pretty straight-forward source of data for binjr, one that can certainly benefit for the freeform navigation and dynamic view composition binjr allows.