Java version used:
Standard Edition 6
designed and constructed. It is also opening
opportunities for innovative software developers to build new tools to address the specific needs of green building professionals.
One such company is dooApp, a Java startup
based in Lille, France.
“Our software makes the work of the green
building professional easier,” says Antoine
Mischler, who cofounded the firm two years
ago with Christophe Dufour and now serves,
with Dufour, as co–managing director. “Our
first application, Infiltrea, is dedicated to
professionals who measure the airtightness
of buildings,” explains Mischler.
Because Mischler and Dufour had both
been Java developers in the financial software
market, Java was the natural choice as the
development platform for Infiltrea. “We knew
that it would make it easier
to recruit people with good
Java skills and that we would
have a lot of existing libraries
we could reuse, which would
make the whole develop-
ment process quicker. We
also knew we would have a
lot of tools available to us to
manage and test the devel-
opment cycle,” says Mischler.
“We had had a great experi-
ence with Java before, and we
wanted to take that technol-
Infiltrea, built on Java
Platform, Standard Edition 6
(Java SE 6), makes extensive
To the Web and Beyond with 2.0
Infiltrea has been on the market for about a year now and is
marketed in France with dooApp partner Testoon, a Paris-based
distributor of test and measurement equipment. Testoon pack-
ages Infiltrea with its blower door systems.
With the recent introduction of JavaFX 2.0, Lille, France–based
software startup dooApp has rewritten Infiltrea to take advantage
of the framework’s new features, says dooApp Cofounder and Co-managing Director Antoine Mischler. These include improved binding and better debugger and cascading style sheet (CSS) tools.
The most important feature, however, may well be JavaFX’s new
support for Web applications through its WebView component.
In the 2.0 release of Infiltrea, dooApp is Web-enabling its application using the JavaFX WebView component. In earlier JavaFX
frameworks, applications had to run on a local desktop device,
such as a PC or Mac. Now, WebView is an embedded browser
for JavaFX 2.0 applications whose features include the ability to
render HTML content from local and remote sources, to execute
At the same time, dooApp has partnered with a regional association of green building professionals to develop a specialized
social network for green building diagnostic and measurement
professionals. The social network will allow Infiltrea users to share
tips, techniques, and experiences and build a common community
of knowledge across the internet.
“The idea is to integrate the network directly into Infiltrea using
the new WebView component introduced in JavaFX 2.0,” says
Mischler. “This allows a very tight integration between desktop
and Web applications, in this case Infiltrea and the social network.
I think this is one of the most innovative features in JavaFX 2.0
and will change the way desktop and Web applications interact.”
Mischler says dooApp is already looking at other applications
for green building professionals. Linking up with green building
professionals of all kinds through the social network will help drive
the development of future applications. In this way, he hopes,
dooApp and Java can change the way green building professionals
do their work, just as green building technologies are changing our