But who uses Applets these days?? If JavaFX is meant only to run Applets, then it really dosen't interest me...but instead I guess JavaFX is more than than and we actually have to wait and see what comes out.
When JavaFX becomes useful and the JRE and the Java plug-in become more modular and easier to install as promised by Sun, then there will be new interest in applets. Those applets won't look like the clunky old applets with Swing or AWT GUIs that have been out of fashion for some years already; there will be flashy, interactive, nice looking applets with JavaFX GUIs. Maybe we shouldn't even call those things 'applets' anymore, since that word seems to have a negative connotation.
Note that Flash and Silverlight are both browser plug-ins, exactly like the Java plug-in. Flash and Silverlight both, exactly like Java, work with some kind of bytecode behind the scenes. It's all exactly the same but with different names...
Basically that headline is just to get you to read the articles.
I have been looking into JavaFX for an article.
I really dont see JavaFX script competing directly with browser plus AJAX, much more attractive as desktop apps which flexibly access web services.
The real competition is with Flash apps created with Flex "programs" - right now Flash is way ahead.