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Derik Davenport
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So SAF (JSR-296) was withdrawn. Deprecated. And no longer supported in Netbeans 8.x IDE.
I have a few SAF applications that are going to require porting to a modern application framework. What are my options? Do I even need a Framework at all? Or is that a necessary part of any program with an interactive GUI?

If I do a job search I see Java a lot. I see JavaFX almost never. NetBeans (platform) is pretty small too. Likewise RCP.

Are these really the only choices for Java applications now days?
What are they teaching in the schools now days?
What are professional developers using to write code for day to day applications?

 
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The vast majority of modern Java is written to power the back end of web applications, so it is not surprising to me that searching for desktop Java terms brings up paltry pickings.
 
Derik Davenport
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What does "power the back end of a web application" mean exactly? Why would Java be any better at that than any other language? The only thing I can think of is that it is Java is Cross platform. And wouldn't be cross platform be beneficial to every other desktop application? I know Java has its limitations. But if you want to write a simple cross platform application, what other choice do you have?
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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