The Shackles are Off

Today marks an important milestone for JavaFX 2.0.  Prior to this date, only a select few partners had early access privilege to the technology, and for good reason.  During that early access period, the API was in a very fluid state, and from personal experience I can tell you that changes to the JavaFX 2.0 API were done almost on a build-by-build basis.  The announcement of a public beta not only makes the software available worldwide, but also signals that the JavaFX 2.0 API is on much more solid footing.

So check out the javafx.com website for the latest JavaFX 2.0 information.   Three software downloads are now available:

  1. JavaFX 2.0 Beta SDK - the JavaFX functionality needed to develop directly via the command line or with other tools
  2. JavaFX 2.0 Beta Runtime - the runtime environment required for running JavaFX 2.0 applications 
  3. JavaFX 2.0 Beta Plugin for NetBeans IDE 7.0 -  for building, previewing, and debugging JavaFX applications in NetBeans 7.

Comments:

microsoft only? how disappointing.

Posted by guest on June 09, 2011 at 02:31 AM EDT #

At the current time, yes. As you may know, Oracle does not like to make forward looking statements. That being said we hope to make JavaFX 2.0 available for MacOS sometime in the future. Ironically, a large number of our developers use Macs as their development platform, so there certainly is motivation here. As far as other platforms (e.g. Linux) go, Oracle is taking a wait and see approach.

Posted by guest on June 09, 2011 at 03:14 AM EDT #

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