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Has JavaFX Failed to Win over Designers?

Jessica Thornsby

“JavaFX is a train wreck,” writes Kirill Grouchnikov in a recent blog.

Kirill Grouchnikov has published a blog that makes his view of JavaFX very clear. “JavaFX is a train wreck,” he writes.

According to Grouchnikov, the problem with JavaFX is that designers simply aren’t interested. This has resulted in not “a single significant JavaFX application that looks good.” He uses the recent JavaFX RIA exemplar challenge rule-change as evidence of JavaFX’s unattractiveness to designers. Originally, the challenge required each team to consist of a developer and a designer, but after a few weeks the rules were changed and a designer was no longer a prerequisite.

He parallises this against Microsoft, who forged agreements with companies when they released Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF,) to create aesthetically-pleasing applications that showcased what was possible with their UI toolkit. In Grouchnikov’s opinion, Apple has also attracted plenty of designers, resulting in attractive apps for the iPad and iPhone.

Some visitors to his blog have tried to pinpoint the disconnect between JavaFX and designers. Scott Kovatch has theorised that the problem is that potential JavaFX designers are tangled up with Flex 4.0 and Flash Catalyst, and until someone develops a Flash Catalyst-style tool for JavaFX, designers will continue to opt for Adobe. Meanwhile, Osvaldo Pinali Doederlein has suggested it could be a matter of timing: JavaFX 1.0 shipped eighteen months ago, and competing products already have a head-start.

The most recent release of JavaFX was version 1.3.


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