What is JavaFX?

What is JavaFX? and what difference does it have with original “Java”.

JavaFX or JFX is a Java library used to build Rich Internet Applications. Applications written in this library can run in multiple platforms consistently.

Surprisingly, applications developed using JavaFX can run on various devices. You can develop applications for Desktop Computers, TVS, Tablets, Mobiles Phones, etc.

After JavaFX arrived, programmers can now develop GUI and Rich Applications easier than ever. Developers can also contribute to OpenJFX project, by creating patches and fixes to OpenJavaFX.

In the beginning JavaFX is created with a goal to replace Swing as the standard GUI library. Fortunately now both JFX and Swing will stay for the foreseeable future.

Features Of JavaFX

To be the right tools for developing GUI and rich applications, there are a set of features that JFX have. As listed below :

  • Written in Java, of course this is essential since Java is a multi platform language.
  • FXML. like HTML and is used to define application interface, separately from the code logic.
  • Swing interoperability, you can embed Swing in JFX applications by using the Swing Node class.
  • Rich APIs that you can choose,
  • etc.

JavaFX provides developer many set of graphics and media APIs, while also impacting modern GPU through hardware accelerated graphics. Developers can also combine graphics animations and UI control, by using JFX interfaces.

Another great advantages of the JFX is that you won’t have to learn additional technologies. If you have prior knowledge on JVM based technologies such as Java, Groovy, JRuby, and Kotlin, then it would be enough to develop Rich internet applications using JFX.

Unfortunately JFX is no longer packaged with the latest Java bundle (JDK), even it would not be supported by Oracle. Although it will be supported for the current long-term version of the Java SE 8 until maybe 2022.

But the good news is that JFX is now a standalone, and you can visit JFX website here.

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