JavaFX at Devoxx
I'm in the London airport awaiting my flight back home. After an exhausting week at Devoxx it will be good to be home and on vacation until the end of the year. And what a year it has been. At JavaOne we showed new JavaFX features and gave a roadmap for the JavaFX preview and final release. Now, six months later, we have hit every milestone and JavaFX 1.0 is out for the world to play with and build on. It feels immensely satisfying (and tiring) to have the bits out there.
Devoxx was definitely a success. This was my first trip to the illustrious conference. All I knew was that it was held in a movie theater. However, I was unprepared for the scope and size of the event. It's really the JavaOne of Europe, but with better beer.
I would say that JavaFX was a hit at Devoxx. There was a ton of interest and lots of questions. We are getting great feedback and certainly want more. All of the JavaFX sessions were well attended and I saw quite a few people hacking away in NetBeans with the new SDK.
Here's just a few important thing that happened recently in the JavaFX world.
- The bug database is public at http://javafx-jira.kenai.com/
- A new Eclipse plugin has been open sourced at http://kenai.com/projects/eplugin.
- We posted a short transition guide and linked to Stephen Chin's excellent guide based on his experience updating WidgetFX to the final release.
Over the coming weeks I'll have more blogs about JavaFX - Swing integration, how to use CSS, and other cool features you might have missed in the 1.0 release. And of course we have the final version of JavaFX Mobile coming out early next year. So stay tuned. And in the mean time, go play with JavaFX and tell us what you build.
Posted December 13th, 2008