Pro JavaFX Platform: Script, Desktop and Mobile RIA with Java Technology / Edition 1

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The JavaFX™ technology and platform is essentially Sun’s response to Adobe Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight. JavaFX lets developers play with the open-source scripting, desktop, and mobile APIs offered to create dynamic, seamless visual user interfaces (UIs) that are “Flash–like” and beyond...

Learn from bestselling JavaFX author Jim Weaver and expert JavaFX developers Weiqi Gao, Stephen Chin, and Dean Iverson to discover the JavaFX technology and platform that enables developers and designers to create rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can run across diverse devices. Covering the JavaFX Script language, JavaFX Mobile, and development tools, Pro JavaFX™ Platform: Script, Desktop and Mobile RIA with Java™ Technology is the first book that fully provides JavaFX version 1.2 code examples that cover virtually every language and API feature.

This book contains the following:

  • Tutorials that teach JavaFX 1.2 to an application developer or graphics designer who has had no exposure to JavaFX. These tutorials will be exhaustive, covering virtually every facet of JavaFX Script and are fully updated for the JavaFX 1.2 release.
  • Reference materials on JavaFX 1.2 that augment what is available from the JavaFX 1.2 Language Reference and API documentation.
  • How to take JavaFX 1.2 to other platforms besides the desktop, such as mobile.

Visit for more resources and information from the authors.

What you’ll learn

  • Get started with JavaFX Script, including downloading the JavaFX SDK 1.2 and available tools.
  • Express user interfaces with declarative scripting.
  • Define classes, functions, and attributes.
  • Use JavaFX 1.2 and associated tools so that an application developer and a graphics designer can effectively collaborate on an application.
  • Uncover the JavaFX 1.2 language and APIs to whatever degree you choose. The tutorials, reference materials, and pointers to resources will be exhaustive.
  • Have fun learning JavaFX 1.2 because of the engaging and friendly style in which it is presented in this book.

Who this book is for

General audience: application developers, graphic designers, and IT decision makers. Not only will this book contain technical information for developers and designers, it will build a compelling case for choosing JavaFX for web applications and rich Internet applications.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting a Jump Start in JavaFX
  2. Taking a Closer Look at the JavaFX Script Language
  3. Creating a User Interface in JavaFX
  4. Using Functions, Classes, and Other Advanced Features
  5. Creating Custom UI Components and Charts in JavaFX
  6. Using the Media Classes
  7. Dynamically Laying Out Nodes in the User Interface
  8. Extending JavaFX with Third-Party Libraries
  9. Building a Professional JavaFX Application
  10. Developing JavaFX Mobile Applications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430218753
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Weaver is an author, speaker, teacher, and developer in rich Internet application technologies such as JavaFX, and may be contacted at

Weiqi Gao is a principal software engineer with Object Computing, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. He has�more than�15 years of software development experience and has been using Java technology since 1998. He is interested in programming languages, object-oriented systems, distributed computing, and graphical user interfaces. He is a member of the steering committee of the St. Louis Java Users Group. Weiqi holds a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Open-source developer and agile manager Stephen Chin is founder of numerous open-source projects including WidgetFX and JFXtras, and senior manager at Inovis in Emeryville, California. He has been working with Java desktop and enterprise technologies for�more than�a decade, and has a passion for improving development technologies and process. Stephen's interest in Java technologies has lead him to start a Java- and JavaFX- focused blog that is targeted at early technology adopters (

Dean Iverson has been writing software professionally for�more than�15 years. He is employed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, where he is a senior researcher and rich client application developer. He also has a small software consultancy called Pleasing Software Solutions, which he co-founded with his wife.

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