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My New Favorite IDE for Compiled JavaFX Script Development

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As you may know, in order to develop compiled JavaFX Script applications, it has been necessary to compile and run from the command line.  That is no longer true, as the compiled JavaFX Script plug-in is now available for NetBeans (6.1 beta).  Here's a screenshot of the program example (a Yahtzee dice roller and scorer) for my next blog post being developed in my new favorite IDE :-)


The compiled JavaFX Script plug-in is built in the same continuous build that compiled JavaFX Script is, so updates will be available frequently.  To get both NetBeans 6.1 beta and the compiled JavaFX Script plug-in, visit the OpenJFX Community site and check for the JavaFX Script Plugin Daily Builds Available news item.

Jim Weaver
JavaFX Script: Dynamic Java Scripting for Rich Internet/Client-side Applications

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Jacek Furmankiewicz replied on Tue, 2008/03/25 - 10:16pm

Earth to Sun:

 a) without an Eclipse plugin JavaFX's chances for success are zero. (not 1%, but zero).

Have you tried the Eclipse JavaFX plugin? I think Notepad is better...

b) without a graphical editor that can compare to Adobe FlexBuilder or Microsoft Expression Blend JavaFX's chances for success are once again...zero.

I hope someone at Sun will finally wake up from their fantasy world where everyone is using NetBeans and has never heard of Adobe or Microsoft tools. I have yet to see a corporate shop that uses anything else but Eclipse. Just accept it as the reality and do something about it.

But I am not keeping my hopes up.

P.S. NetBeans is a great IDE...it's just got really good way too late to be any serious threat to Eclipse.




Fran Aviles replied on Wed, 2008/03/26 - 4:05am

At the moment JavaFX is nothing new under the Sun. It doesn't contribute with something really new for web development. Even if JavaFX could have a good development IDE, its chances to be a predominant tech fighting against Flash are low. Trying to attack a well defended hill is a harder task. It is better look for a new hill.

Maxim replied on Wed, 2008/03/26 - 4:57am

Guys, we really see that it would be better if Sun realized it earlier. But anyway let's support them. I think they are on the right track. I think that it is bad for all developers if we get only one or two giants as Flex and Silverlight.

There is also good thing that Java is used much more often on the server side. So, in case JavaFX will be easily useful on the client it will definitely come in pair with server side Java. And everything is absolutely free. In this case it is a kind of new hill (see previous post of Fran Aviles). So, there is still a big potential and Sun should be very fast and work hard. Let's support them. Nobody knows what will be in future.

Francis Perreault replied on Wed, 2008/03/26 - 11:55am

Jacek: Thinking that the corporate world really uses anything but Eclipse is just plain wrong. The downloads figure can't account for home users...come on! Wake up, this is 2008!

"it's just got really good way too late to be any serious threat to Eclipse" ... But would you say the same thing if you wanted to compare IE and FireFox? It's never too late to do something good. Let's see how it turns out. And by the way, they ARE working on a designer tool... Lookup Joshua Marinacci's blog for more details.

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