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Tina Ma
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James, your book must be the first of its kind in the market.
I am new to JavaFX, and have not heard of this new technology from anybody else other than the JavaOne conference news. I think you being an author will be the best person to ask these questions:
1. Does your book contain practical examples?
2. Does JavaFX aim to replace or perform better than Swing applications?
3. Is it another scripting language to develop only client side features of an application?
 
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1. Does your book contain practical examples?
>> Yes, in fact much of the book is built around a "Word Search Puzzle Builder" application that serves as a practical example of an application as well as a prototypical architecture for JavaFX Script.

2. Does JavaFX aim to replace or perform better than Swing applications?
>> JavaFX Script on the desktop uses Swing behind the scenes. It provides a very simple, declarative, language to leverage the power of Java Swing, as well as Java 2D.

3. Is it another scripting language to develop only client side features of an application?
>> JavaFX Script is for the client-side of an application, that has the advantage of running on the JVM.

By the way, the book covers "interpreted" JavaFX Script, and I've been advocating that developers begin using the newer, "compiled" JavaFX Script. The concepts in the book carry over well to the compiled version of JavaFX Script, but some syntax has changed. Please take a look at my "Helping you become a JavaFXpert" weblog for the latest information on compiled JavaFX Script.
 
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Can you provide a pointer to any website which uses this technology at present? Or is it still in the developing stage?
 
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JavaFX Script can be used for websites, as well as for RIAs. Here's a Java Web Start link to a demo website called StudioMoto. Note that it will take a few seconds to download the JavaFX Script libraries, which won't be an issue when they are included in the JRE.
 
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I am new to even Swing, so I am a bit confused about what exactly JavaFX is. I can tell that it is some type of powerful visual thing for Java, but I can't tell much more. It sounds very interesting, but I would like to know exactly what it is and how it is used before I go ahead and buy a book on it.
 
Tina Ma
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It sure looks like an applet with flash interface!
Does that moto-link use any Flash or all the 'Flash'-y features are generated via JavaFX?
Its cool, and will be interesting to learn more of this new feature in Java technology.
 
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Is the javaFX technology something like Microsoft silverlight?
Well i do saw the web start and it looked cool with the flash interface. So we need to do a lot of coding to have that achieved, as most of the tools now come with a cool interfaces to design applications faster.
 
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