What if Swing deprecated tomorrow? How much butt hurt would there be and would everyone would immediately begin porting their applications to the JavaFX?
In the twilight of 2013 does JavaFX really replace Swing or are there use cases that dictate supporting Swing?
Does it even matter when more and more younger developers are forsaking Java altogether in favor of the 'Hipster Browser Flavor of the Week Framework.js'?
When At-a-Glance" (AoG) displays associated with complex data visualization aren't enough and you need something more interactive a combination of the NetBeans Platform and JavaFX again comes to the rescue. This post is Part 2 in the ongoing mini-series discussing this pattern from the perspective of a NASA MMS Ground System software operationally deployed at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
How to build a JavaFX visualization of data that must loaded dynamically while mitigating the hit to user experience. This tutorial will show you how to visually acknowledge the user with some sort of animation to let him know... "Hey I'm still here don't worry!" The following pattern is how you can easily accomplish this either from a straight Swing interop or embedded from a NetBeans Platform application.
Combining JavaFX 2.x and the NetBeans Platform has proven complementary in making some very useful "At-a-Glance" displays associated with NASA Ground System daily data product generation. The combination has proved to be a very effective pattern to extend and this post along with some following posts will explore this. Explanation, Justification and some cool screenshots will be provided.