JavaOne features a large number of sessions on JavaFX – and rightly so. JavaFX now uses the same naming system as Java (so it has jumped from JavaFX 2 to JavaFX 8). This is to align it to the JDK releases but also deserved, considering how far it has come since 2011. There are 2 reasons to look at JavaFX now :-
Firstly, there are a huge number of extra features – we finally have a Combobox – and there will even be a Date Picker. There is support for video, SWT, images (you can now convert Java Swing Images to JavaFX and reverse), snapshot, canvas, multi-touch, and a host of other features (with more to come). JavaFX is now ready for Prime time and offers a powerful featureset for writing modern apps. The only BIG thing still missing before we can dump or Swing code is Printing support – which is in the works.
The other reason is that it is quick, even on less powerful mobile devices such as the Raspberry Pi.
Have you looked at the 2012 release of JavaFX?
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