First major release

Eclipse meets JavaFX: What’s new in e(fx)clipse 1.0?

Coman Hamilton

Eclipse’s IDE tooling and runtime platform for JavaFX is bring out its first major release

Once upon a time, there was an IDE called Eclipse that had absolutely no support for JavaFX. Developers often resorted to using Eclipse’s rival NetBeans for JavaFX applications. And then along a man called Tom Schindl from the Eclipse development team, who developed a magical tool called e(fx)clipse. And Eclipse and JavaFX lived happily ever after.

Having debuted with its 0.0.1 release in 2011, e(fx)clipse has made its way (through numerous bug fixes and enhancements) to its first major release (1.0), scheduled for August 15.

JavaFX UIs in Eclipse

The tooling and runtime platform is designed for developers that want to use Eclipse to create JavaFX UIs and modular JavaFX applications with a modern architecture like OSGi or Dependency Injection.

Project leader Tom Schindl previously told JAXenter that e(fx)clipse’s main goal is to “provide tooling to author JavaFX 2.0 applications using the Eclipse IDE.” In other words, the e(fx)clipse toolkit means that any developer that wants to develop applications with Eclipse as their primary IDE no longer needs to switch to rivals like NetBeans for tooling support.

Alongside integration of the SceneBuilder, the latest version will also be JavaFX 8 ready, meaning that Java developers can also make use of lambdas.

Project leader Tom Schindl presented a few new functions on his blog, including the new new helper which generates get*/Set*/*Property methods for JavaFX. There’s also going to be a new wizard to help developers create getters and setters.

You can find the latest e(fx)clipse addons and bundles over here.

Coman Hamilton
Coman was Editor of at S&S Media Group. He has a master's degree in cultural studies and has written and edited content for numerous news, tech and culture websites and magazines, as well as several ad agencies.

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