Java FX plugins will be part of NetBeans 6.8 Beta

NetBeans teams are working on the next release. That's obviously no big surprise. However there was a small change in the release schedule that influenced a lot of the people, including the community. If you are following the release schedule carefully then you might notice the small shift of the release dates. The main reason was the JavaFX support. The support wasn't planned for the NB 6.8 Beta originally. The main reason was that the team working on the support needed more time to stabilize the features for JavaFX SDK 1.2.1 and the new NetBeans APIs. Therefore we wanted to release the FX plugins together with a release candidate.

However it wouldn't be a good message to community that we don't have Java FX support, right? That's why we decided to ship Beta later then expected. So you should have chance to try the Java FX in NB 6.8. It will be in Beta quality and I really don't recommend it for production work. Anyway, it is better then the 6.7! Some features will be disabled as the decision to release it in Beta came in last minute and there isn't enough time to stabilize them more (more in some next post).

What are the pros / cons of the postponed Beta release?
  • +More bugs will be fixed. It should mean more stable release.
  • +Java FX will be part of the Beta.
  • -Community received M2 instead of Beta.
  • +but the M2 i in Beta quality already ;)
Comments:

will 6.8 plugin have GUI designer for JavaFX ??

Posted by alex on October 17, 2009 at 07:03 AM CEST #

Hi,
Is support JavaME SDK for Mac OS X also included in Neybeans 6.8 beta?

Posted by Ove Nordström on October 17, 2009 at 09:32 AM CEST #

@alex: not yet. However stayed tuned. A little bird told me that you might find a nice present under xmas tree ;)

@Ove: no idea, i need to check it.

Posted by Lukas on October 17, 2009 at 02:41 PM CEST #

Any chance we can build the javafx plugins from source? Last time I had a look, there were some nasty sun download urls hardcoded in the build scripts...

Posted by Sven Reimers on October 17, 2009 at 03:40 PM CEST #

Please make the javafx sdk module is optional in the installation stage, and provide configuration for javafx sdk location( so, I can share it with other dev tools).

Posted by hantsy on October 18, 2009 at 01:31 AM CEST #

@Ove: Early Access for Java ME SDK is out - http://java.sun.com/javame/downloads/sdk30.jsp
But FCS should be late this year (hopefully). It doesn't align with the NB 6.8 schedule. (FCS in start of December). I'll try to check if we could get it into NB6.8.1 in beginning of new year (no promises!). It should work with the NB 6.8 anyway as it is UEI compliant.

@sven, hantsy - could you check it now? On a branch there should be some improvements in build system. See
http://hg.netbeans.org/javafx?cmd=changeset;node=38a10b9fd845
http://hg.netbeans.org/javafx?cmd=changeset;node=b7694ec0e460

However it is a very early step ;) Be carefull.

Posted by Lukas on October 22, 2009 at 04:34 AM CEST #

Works better than before, but I still have one problem - since my provider answers unknown host names (e.g. http://jre.sfbay.sun.com) with a html page. This is recognized as a successful download, but fails later since the files are not valid archives.

Posted by Sven Reimers on October 22, 2009 at 05:26 PM CEST #

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