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JavaFX represents quite a significant shift in the way Sun engages with the Java product market. Rather than focusing solely on the underlying technology, Sun is aiming to provide a complete solution for an individual market. With the first technology preview available and a version one release imminent, InfoQ takes a look at the platform and talks to Sun Staff Engineer Joshua Marinacci about the upcoming version 1 release.

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  • But when will Java FX be release?

    by Lorenzo Jimenez /

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    JavaFX is taking to much time. Microsoft already have a 2.0 version of Silverlight and Sun haven't arrived to 1.0. So when it will be released?

  • Re: But when will Java FX be release?

    by William Smith /

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    I think JFX 1.0 it will be just in time for Christmas. Technically autumn finishes on December 21st. I beleive JFX Mobile and JFX TV will be around March next year.

    As an aside I’m not sure how much Silverlight really matters yet. All the momentum seems to be with Adobe still and even there I don’t think Flex is having the sort of impact that Flash has had yet. The RIA space still feels quite open to me so JFX could, in my view, make good inroads if Sun gets a lot of stuff right. The two big possible wins for JFX, I think, will be that it is open sourced (as highlighted in the article), and if it managed to have as much impact in the mobile space as JME has had.

  • Re: But when will Java FX be release?

    by Rhys Parsons /

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    I tried JavaFX about 6 months ago - hopefully things have improved since then, as I found it led to very large, unreadable scripts (e.g. if you add a menu) and I couldn't find a way of splitting up the script and including one inside another (so that I could maintain the menu separately).

    I am quite excited by JavaFX (as a Java developer, I'd rather use it than Flex, which I've been using for the last year and find simultaneously powerful and limiting); I hope I'm not disappointed. If you're familiar with the Java APIs, then using JavaFX is going to be much, much easier. Also, if you can use Java for the client and the server, then you can even by-pass web services and use RMI (not popular now, but I guess it's the closest alternative to BlazeDS).

    I agree that the RIA space feels open. But Sun need to get Java onto corporate machines. If you sell to a bank and that bank doesn't allow Java on their desktops (some of the machines are restored every night) then targeting JavaFx for your solution isn't going to work.

    Sun also need to eat their own dog food. Let's see some applets start to appear on Sun's web pages. Why no re-write www.sun.com using JavaFX, with a fallback to the html version?

    If Sun don't start to use JavaFX and applet solutions, they can't expect anyone else to use it.

  • Re: But when will Java FX be release?

    by Chris _ /

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    December 2nd

  • Re: But when will Java FX be release?

    by William Smith /

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    I agree that the RIA space feels open. But Sun need to get Java onto corporate machines. If you sell to a bank and that bank doesn't allow Java on their desktops (some of the machines are restored every night) then targeting JavaFx for your solution isn't going to work.

    Does that still happen? Its been a while since I came across a company that didn’t have a JRE as part of their corporate build. The problem might be getting them to move from whatever their certified version is (I still see a lot of 1.4 around) but if the app is good enough I imagine you can do it. I’ve actually been surprised by how much Java applet use there is in corporate intranets considering how unusual it is on the wider web.

  • Java FX

    by Dan Tines /

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    That both Flash and Silverlight are entirely closed source proprietary tools remains a significant barrier to adoption in some developer shops.


    Applet's reputation and Sun's bungling is a significant barrier to adoption in more shops.

  • Javadoc improvements, please

    by Bernd Eckenfels /

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    I wish we would see the same improvements for JavaDoc. Especially the examples and profiling are helpfull for API docs.

    BTW: I do not agree that u10 made java more pleasant. It is still slow and instable as applets.

  • legacy migration tool

    by Gene De Lisa /

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    Is there a tool that will automatically convert old legacy Flex code to JavaFX?

  • oh.... sun...

    by Ye Sunan /

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    oh.... sun...

  • Re: But when will Java FX be release?

    by William Smith /

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    December 2nd

    www.javafx.com/ says December 4th.

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