Hmmm. I haven't seen any company lately that wouldn't let you use the tools you need to get your job done, especially if they are free. The exception would be if you were trying to use illegal copies of an IDE. However, both NetBeans and Eclipse are available free, with open licenses: Netbeans, Eclipse. If a company refused to allow you to use the best tools to get your job done, you probably want to give that job a pass. If you already work there, you need to have a serious discussion with your lead/manager about what they expect you to do and how best to do it. If that fails, you might want to start looking for another job. I don't want to start anything, I know if you have a job right now you could/should consider yourself lucky, but if the management is that short-sighted, there are probably bigger problems in the company.
That being said, and taiking into account that I've not looked into JavaFX yet, it is usually possible to use any of the Java technologies without an IDE. You do lose some functionality, but that's the tradeoff for working from the command line. The benefits are that you get to know your packages better (no autocompletion), your build system and dependencies better (no auromatic build), and you get to spend more time debugging (debugger isn't as friendly).
Michael Dunn wrote:are there likely to be other IDE's (I prefer a very simple IDE, just to compile and run),
or is javaFX heavily linked with netbeans (and I absolutely detest netbeans-generated swing code)
I don't believe we're talking about design tools here (wysiwyg). We're just talking about language and compiler support primarily. AFAIK there is no generated JavaFX code in Netbeans or Eclipse other than skeleton script files. (I detest NB for many more reasons). I'd be happier if IntelliJ decided to support JavaFX.
Joined: Jun 09, 2003
> AFAIK there is no generated JavaFX code in Netbeans or Eclipse other than skeleton script files.
Interesting, thanks - JavaFX might be worth a bit more of a look at.
Joined: Jun 15, 2009
The only generated code that is involved, currently is when you take the JavaFX archive file from the Adobe plugins or the SVG converter and process it to create the Support files to access the graphical assets. Nonetheless, this generated code is clean and only relies on jar files included in the standard JavaFX SDK. None of this is dependent on anything special within NetBeans or Eclipse.
Joined: Jun 09, 2003
Thanks for the info - looks like I'll mosey on over and download netbeans (shudder!! - never thought I'd do that a second time)