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Slobodan Erakovic wrote:Hi, I saw many topics comparing JavaFX and Adobe's products. I know that JavaFX has somehow wider purpose (you can build an applications for mobile phones, as much as I understood), but can I built rich standalone desktop application, just as I do using .NET WPF, or Adobes AIR?
Is JavaFX so strong, that it could provide equal final GUI just as mentioned two can?
Thanks!



Yes you can write desktop software using JavaFX, although at the moment the controls that ship with the 1.2 release are not as complete as rival toolkits. This should change with the upcoming JavaFX 1.3 (aka JavaFX 2) release which is expected shortly.
8 years ago

Jiri Goddard wrote:Hello Simon,

I was positively surprised by the content of your book. I'm quite sad that the ripple effect demo didn't make it into the release though ;)

Thank you for your book, Jiri



Glad you enjoyed the book, one of goals was to write something entertaining, surprising, and thought provoking, as well as just informative. As you know the ripple animations are in chapter 5, but as flat scene graph shapes. The demo on my web site that applies ripples to live video was a little bit too advanced for a chapter aimed at scene graph newbies

It's good to see there's a steady trickle of new JavaFX books being released onto the market. It shows developers are curious about JavaFX, and gives readers a wider choice.
8 years ago

pawan chopra wrote:Kindly suggests good book for JavaFX. I am a beginner to JavaFX.



I've hung back from answering this, as I'm the author of one of the JavaFX books currently available and I didn't think it would be fair for me to comment. However, as nobody else has volunteered an answer, I'll tell you about the two books I've experience of.

"Pro JavaFX Platform" (APress) is written by four highly respected members of the JavaFX community, including Stephen Chin who runs the JFXtras project (housing various extensions/alternatives to the standard JFX libraries). The book offers a comprehensive tutorial of JavaFX 1.2 plus the JFXtras project using Netbeans, through a series of small examples and a few larger projects. It is also designed to work well as a desktop API reference.
TOC: http://learnjavafx.typepad.com/weblog/2009/06/all-pro-javafx-early-access-ebook-chapters-have-been-updated-to-sdk-12.html

"JavaFX in Action" (Manning) was written by myself as a tutorial for novices that mixes fun with practicality. The book explains in depth (and in plain English) what makes JavaFX special and why it works the way it does, through a series of projects (my fav is the Enigma machine emulator!) It deliberately does not cover every single API class, just a broad representative sample -- the idea: compliment on-line docs, don't reprint them! The book is IDE agnostic, and tries to use free/open source tools when possible (eg: Inkscape rather than Adobe Illustrator).
TOC: http://www.jfxia.com/

Both books cover the latest JavaFX version (1.2) and both where written with the cooperation of Sun's JavaFX team members. Other books are available, but I'm not familiar with them -- hopefully other forum members will provide details.
8 years ago