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What's JavaFX all about?

 
Mithun Nair
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Hi! Could someone explain what JavaFX is all about? I'm pretty new to web development in Java, and I've just begun to learn JavaScript and JSP. Should I dump it and start learning JavaFXScript instead? I also read that it is competing with Flash and Silverlight. How well does JavaFX stack up against these technologies?
 
Juha Anon
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I would say that for the moment you can't do anything serious with JavaFX, but keep an eye on it. It to early to use in practice, but it would like to be as ubiquitus as Flex is. In practice, Flex rules that market.

JSP, JavaScript, and CSS will be important for all practical work, for now.
As a Java web-developer, you should also try Google Web Toolkit (GWT). If you use that, you have a better development environment -- and writes less of your own JavaScript. But you still need to know JavaScript and CSS to make something real with it. Maybe less so in the future, I would hope.

I'll mention CSS once more, so you don't miss that. If you can do something with CSS, you shouldn't do that with JavaScript. So learn it, and learn it well.

-- Juha
 
Mithun Nair
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Thanks a lot for taking the time! Any idea when the the full fledged versions are going to be released?
 
Marc Peabody
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In almost exactly 1 year.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
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