JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example

JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example

by Carl Dea

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JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example shows you how to use your existing Java skills to create graphically exciting client applications with the JavaFX 8 platform. The book is a new and much improved edition of JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example, taking you through a series of engaging, fun-to-work examples that bring you up to speed on the major


JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example shows you how to use your existing Java skills to create graphically exciting client applications with the JavaFX 8 platform. The book is a new and much improved edition of JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example, taking you through a series of engaging, fun-to-work examples that bring you up to speed on the major facets of the platform. It will help you to create applications that look good, are fun to use, and that take advantage of the medium to present data of all types in ways that engage the user and lead to increased productivity.

Entirely example-based, JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example begins with the fundamentals of installing the software and creating a simple interface. From there, you'll move in progressive steps through the process of developing applications using JavaFX’s standard drawing primitives. You'll then explore images, animations, media, and web. This new edition incorporates the changes resulting from the switch to Java 8 SDK. It covers advanced topics such as custom controls, JavaFX 3D, gesture devices, and embedded systems. Best of all, the book is full of working code that you can adapt and extend to all your future projects.

  • Entirely example-based
  • Filled with fun and practical code examples
  • Covers all that's new in Java 8 relating to JavaFX such as Lambda expressions and Streams
  • Covers gesture devices, 3D display, embedded systems, and other advanced topics
What you’ll learn
  • Install JavaFX 8 and configure your environment
  • Work with touch-based interfaces such as in Windows 8
  • Interpret gesture-based events the Leap Motion Controller and similar hardware
  • Integrate JavaFX with embedded systems such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Develop modern GUI implementations of business forms
  • Work with shapes, color, text, and animation
  • Add audio and video to your projects
  • Create custom controls using SVG and Canvas
  • Learn to style a user-interface via CSS
  • Communicate bidirectionally using Java and Javascript with HTML5
    Who this book is for

    JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example is for Java developers who are interested in developing rich, client-side applications to run on PCs, phones, tablets, Arduino controllers, the Raspberry Pi, and more. Whether enterprise developer or hobbyist, anyone wanting to develop a polished user-interface from Java will find much to like in this book.

    Table of Contents1. Getting started

    2. JavaFX Fundamentals

    3. Java 8 Lambda Expressions

    4. Layout & UI Controls

    5. Graphics with JavaFX

    6. Custom Controls

    7. Media with JavaFX

    8. JavaFX on the Web

    9. JavaFX 3D

    10. JavaFX and Arduino

    11. JavaFX on the Raspberry Pi

    12. Gesture-based Interfaces

    13. Appendix A. References

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    Meet the Author

    Carl P. Dea is an author and co-author of JavaFX 8 Introduction by Example and Java 7 Recipes. He currently works as a senior software engineer. He has been developing software for 20+ years with many clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations. He has written software ranging from mission-critical applications to e-commerce applications. Carl has been using Java since the very beginning and is a JavaFX enthusiast dating back to when JavaFX used to be called F3.

    Carl's passion for software development started when his middle school science teacher showed him the TRS-80 computer. His current software development interests are: graphics, UI, game programming, Data Visualization, IoT, smart phones, AI and robotics. Carl and his wife are proud parents of two grown daughters. Their oldest daughter is a high school English teacher and their youngest is a freshmen in college. Carl lives on the East Coast in Pasadena (aka "The Dena"), Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter @carldea, Youtube and on LinkedIn at Carl also blogs at

    Mark Heckler is a Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate at Pivotal, a conference speaker, and published author focusing upon software development for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries, and with various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is an open source contributor, author/curator of a developer-focused blog (, and posts to an occasionally interesting Twitter account (@MkHeck). Mark lives with his very understanding wife in St. Louis, MO USA.

    Gerrit Grunwald is a software engineer with more than ten years of experience in software development. He has been involved in Java desktop application and controls development. His current interests include JavaFX, HTML5, and Swing, especially development of custom controls in these technologies. Grunwald is also interested in Java-driven embedded technologies like JavaSE embedded on Raspberry Pi, i.MX6, BeagleBoneBlack, CubieBoard2, etc. He is a true believer in open source software and has participated in popular projects like as well as his own projects (Enzo, SteelSeries Swing, SteelSeries Canvas). Gerrit is an active member of the Java community, where he founded and leads the Java User Group Münster (Germany), he co-leads the JavaFX and IoT community at Oracle and is a JavaOne RockStar and Java Champion. He is a speaker at conferences and user groups internationally.
    José Pereda, PhD in Structural Engineering, works as a software engineer at Gluon. Being on Java since 1999, he is a JavaFX advocate, developing JavaFX applications for mobile platforms and embedded platforms. He also works on open source projects (JFXtras, FXyz,, book writing, blogging (, tweeting (@JPeredaDnr), and speaking at conferences (JavaOne, JAX, Jfokus, JavaLand, CodingSerbia,...). José lives with his wife and four kids in Valladolid, Spain

    Sean M Phillips is a Java Software Architect currently working on ground systems for Space Science missions at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has developed embedded systems, modeling and simulation and visualization software for projects from commercial & military RADAR, heavy manufacturing, Battlespace Awareness and Orbital Flight Dynamics. Sean is the lead developer of F(X)yz (, a free third party library for JavaFX 3D components and data visualization tools. Sean enjoys sharing his experiments through blog entries on various sites including (, The NetBeans DZone (, and personal media (Twitter - @SeanMiPhillips).

    Sean lives in Bowie, MD, USA with his very supportive wife Zulma and sons Sebastian and Sean Alexander.

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