Sampling JavaFX 1.2


One of the best ways to chart the progress of JavaFX these days is simply to go and look at the samples.

The new set of UI controls and layout managers in JavaFX 1.2 are pretty nifty. So its easy now with these new additions to the scenegraph to go from gamesy style (like Brick Breaker, or Pac-Man) to plain fun, like the flickr photo viewer, through drawing centric apps all the way to the more traditional interface, like this project manager, or any hybrid inbetween. With its own skin in CSS.

Getting data into a JavaFX application is easier too: you can easily fetch the data in a background task, as seen in this simple Twitter client, or get it from an RSS or ATOM feed, and no matter where you are (Desktop (Windows, Mac, OpenSolaris or Linux), mobile or TV) you have application data stick around locally between sessions.

And with the new RTSP support for media, smaller application binaries and runtime optimisations, you should notice a jump in speed also.
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