Posted by joconner
on June 10, 2009 at 10:40 AM PDT
At JavaOne 2009, Sun demonstrated a new JavaFX designer tool . You can even view the demo online . To shortcut right to the section that shows the tool, move to about 23:00 minutes into the video.
There are obvious questions that are not answered. So obvious, in fact, that I'm slightly baffled that I can't yet find an answer:
- Where is this new tool?
- Is it a standalone tool separate from NetBeans?
- Will it plugin to NetBeans or Eclipse?
If I'm not mistaken, at the end of that video, Nandini said that the tool would be available at the end of the year. At the end of the year? Wow. Why announce something now that's not done?
Do you remember two (three?) years ago when Sun made its first announcements about JavaFX itself and presented demos of it at JavaOne? When we all got home, we realized that JavaFX wasn't really ready and we couldn't really use it. That announcement was definitely premature, but this year's conference gives me confidence that finally JavaFX is a consideration for me in my real job. However, why continue the pattern of announcing things so early? Why announce a designer tool that is apparently not available for even a preview download? Why? This behavior really is frustrating to consumers...that's me, a developer that wants to use JavaFX and any decent tool I can find. I'm glad that something is in the plans...but it would also have been nice to know what exists TODAY for designing JavaFX applications.