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About the Book

The highly anticipated JavaFX™ technology and platform is essentially Sun’s approach to Adobe Flash and Microsoft’s emerging 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 highly anticipated JavaFX technology and platform that enables developers and designers to create 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 provides code examples that cover virtually every language and API feature.

This book contains

  • Tutorials that teach JavaFX 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.
  • Reference materials on JavaFX that augment what is available from the JavaFX Language Reference and API documentation.
  • JavaFX on other platforms besides the desktop, such as mobile.

What you’ll learn

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

Summary 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 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

Who is this book 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.

About the Apress Pro Series

The Apress Pro series books are practical, professional tutorials to keep you on and moving up the professional ladder.

You have gotten the job, now you need to hone your skills in these tough competitive times. The Apress Pro series expands your skills and expertise in exactly the areas you need. Master the content of a Pro book, and you will always be able to get the job done in a professional development project. Written by experts in their field, Pro series books from Apress give you the hard–won solutions to problems you will face in your professional programming career.

About the Authors
James L. (Jim) Weaver is the Senior VP of Technology at Veriana Networks, Inc. He writes books, speaks for groups and conferences, and provides training and consulting services on the subjects of Java and JavaFX. He also posts regularly to his blog at whose stated purpose is to help the reader learn JavaFX Script and other JavaFX technologies.

Weiqi Gao is a principal software engineer with Object Computing, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. He has over 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, CA. He has been working with Java desktop and enterprise technologies for over 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 over 15 years. He is currently 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.