From Devoxx: JavaFX on show, JDK 7 News !

Closing out a busy week here at Devoxx, the release of JavaFX and JDK 7 news have been the talk of the town !

Kicking off the official conference part of Devoxx, your very own Janitor gave the first keynote (slides here) counting down the top 10 things about JavaFX you need to know. JavaFX team-Devoxx: Richard, Martin, Josh and Jasper showed four JavaFX applications, built with the 1.0 release. Like, JavaFX HD video apps (like this one), a JavaFX media cabinet shown on a popular Java ME phone. And wowed the crowd by using JavaFX to bring the huge movie screen size static backdrop on the stage to life with a beautiful Devoxx-themed animated design created in Photoshop and Illustrator and exported into NetBeans with the JavaFX Production Suite. Reactions to seeing JavaFX 1.0 for the first time have been very good.

Meanwhile, Devoxx attendees have been busily expressing their wants and needs on the whiteboards between sessions. Questions like Which language ?, Thinking of JavaFX ?, Which VM ?, Which JDK 7 language feature ? and even  Worst Blog ? attracted attention all week.

The next day, Josh gave an entertaining talk about the next generation Java puzzlers, followed by Mark Reinhold who keynoted on Java Modularity and JDK 7. As you read here on the Planetarium, Project Jigsaw will modularize the JDK, you will get a new low pause garbage collector, better performance, language changes (see Joe's blog), and there will be new APIs too: NIO2, Swing App Framework, Annotations on Java types and a host of smaller features like the XRender graphics pipeline, SCTP support, unicode 5 and so on. JDK 7 will preview at JavaOne 2009 (don't forget to file a talk) and ship in a little over a year's time.

Sessions galore. Like Alex and Brian on the work in the VM to support multiple languages, and Richard and Josh on JavaFX in Practice: with a surprising number of questions about developing JavaFX on mobile. Hanging with half the JavaPosse off mike (though they have been broadcasting all week), Belgian beer, twittering, bumping into old friends, a Devoxx movie and suddenly today is the last day. What a week !

The Planetarium will be taking a break for the next week, but back right before the holidays with more news about what's been going on in the world of Java SE, Java ME, JavaFX and JavaCard (which, by the way, all Belgians have at least one of).

It seams that JavaFX is getting more and more news & developers attention...
That's pretty good, and just want to congrats all the guys that made JavaFX 1.0 possible !

Anyway, why not all the demos from the JavaFX launch, JavaOne 2008, Devoxx presentations (ex: the FoxBox, Tank game, 100x videos on sphere...etc) are available on the samples page (including the sources) ?!

Also the FULL video(s) from JavaFX launch event will be more then wellcomed since some very powerful demos were shown (ex: 6thSpaceFX from MaldenLabs, FoxBox ...etc)...

Why to keep all these goodies "behind the veil" ?!?!

I think these will be very helpful for developers in the wild to create even more compelling JavaFX demos.

Keep up the good work and please share with us EVERYTHING (that was already demonstated anyway but for small crowds) that could benefit JavaFX !

Posted by El Cy on December 11, 2008 at 06:07 PM PST #

"Reactions to seeing JavaFX 1.0 for the first time have been very good."

Interesting.. reactions from everyone I've talked to indicate is isn't ready and feels rushed. Everybody I've talked to have experienced browser crashes trying the demos at

The general consensus is Sun better get it fixed with the next update - and fast, or it's dead in the water.

I personally have found a few key things missing, but perhaps I'm just using the wrong tool. I have a UI that would really benefit from being implemented in JavaFX, but I can't do it since I need a single heavyweight component in my UI for realtime video preview of a live source.

Posted by swpalmer on December 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM PST #

Very good to hear Java in general is getting more exposure. I to am looking forward to more capability and stability in JavaFX. I have not downloaded the latest build for jre 1.7 but since that is a year away from release I will wait 6 more months.

I know alot of hard work has gone into JavaFX I want to thank the team! I will wait for the video capability to mature a little more before I use it. I already support heavyweight/lightweight mixing and have for years and also video for years both HD and many formats so will watch JavaFX for a little while before I consider it for my portal project for kids.

Many Congrads to the team!

Tony Anecito

Posted by Tony Anecito on December 15, 2008 at 04:01 AM PST #

The JavaFX SDK looks alot more impressive than I thought of would. Some of the samples at are great. Congrats !

Posted by Ian Yardley on December 15, 2008 at 04:51 PM PST #

> It seams that JavaFX is getting more and more news & developers attention...

It is massively hyped, dragged from conference to conference to feed it down developer throats. It is made to impress, aka "demo driven design", and made to milk as many book deals as possible for its developers out of it. It is not made to be useful, and not made to solve real problems.

Posted by Alf Igel on December 15, 2008 at 09:17 PM PST #

That's the end of Java. Uhmm what... Java being dead again?

Yes it is. Killed by Sun Microsystems. JavaFX definetely marks the end of Java. All of Sun's technological efforts are going into the new JavaFX-framework but JavaFX is Sun-only. It was created outside of the JCP and the JavaFX-namespace will not be part of the official JRE7.

But that's ok for me. I guess the future of "Java-technology" is outside of the sinking Sun-ship. Talk about Google, IBM, Adobe, Redhead, Intel, Eclipse and Apache.

Posted by Ulrich Weber on December 15, 2008 at 10:00 PM PST #

the end of java? nope, i don't think so. there are millions of java programmers and hundreds of technologies that use java. javafx is just an additional... something that is to be integrated to existing projects

Posted by ely on December 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM PST #

The video puzzle looks nice but it doesn't work correctly on my mac :(

Posted by Emmanuel Puybaret on December 20, 2008 at 04:35 AM PST #

"the end of java? nope, i don't think so. there are millions of java programmers and hundreds of technologies that use java."

That sounds like what Perl developers were saying in 2000 when Perl 6 was announced.

Posted by miguel on December 30, 2008 at 09:26 AM PST #

Dude, JavaFX cannot replace J2EE but yes, people can think of using JavaFX in place for J2SE and J2ME that too, javaFX has to reach a long way to archive this.

Posted by Ponraj on December 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM PST #

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