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Does JFX Composer Satisfy the Desire For Better JavaFX Tooling?

06.18.2010
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The final release of NetBeans 6.9 arrived this week, and with it came the first GA version of JavaFX Composer.  Since the first preview release in December '09, some have speculated whether this plugin, which is similar to the Swing GUI builder (Matisse) for Java, would provide the business-grade tooling that is in such short supply for JavaFX. 

According to a survey from October '09, developers wanted to have more UI controls and better tools.  JavaFX Composer delivers on these requests with form-like UI components that include states and access to various data sources.  The project developers have added and enhanced editor hints, refactoring, and palettes for JavaFX Shapes, Colors, Effects, and Charts.  


The October survey also seems to indicate that NetBeans is the most popular environment for JavaFX developers.  Although Eclipse has a great JavaFX plugin from Exadel, NetBeans 6.9 seems like the best place to build a stronger JavaFX ecosystem.  So for those of you who have already gotten your hands on JavaFX Composer, how would you rate it?  Has JFX Composer been useful to you?  Do you have a favorite JFX Composer feature?  Does it fill a the void for enterprise-grade JavaFX tooling?

Rate the JavaFX Composer on a Scale of 1 to 5

1 - Poor
8% (15 votes)
2 - Fair
11% (22 votes)
3 - Average
28% (55 votes)
4 - Good
36% (70 votes)
5 - Awesome
16% (32 votes)
Total votes: 194