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Is 2014 the year that JavaFX makes it big?


Some analysts are predicting a market breakthrough for JavaFX this year. Our expert Java pundits weigh in with their opinions.

JavaFX has been around for a good few years now – but will 2014 be the year that it finally explodes in popularity – or has its moment already passed? We asked a diverse range of Java developers for their views. Here’s what they had to say:

“No, I don’t think so. The time for a breakthrough has passed. Also, the trend in the last few years towards developing for the Web instead of Desktop isn’t exactly conducive to the success of JavaFX.”
Bernard Löwenstein (
“Is there anything JavaFX hasn’t achieved yet? If there’s one thing that is going to be exciting in 2014, it’s JavaFX in Android and Project RoboVM.”
Sven Ruppert (SiteOS Co.)
“Sun already said that half a decade ago. And the “obituary” for Swing, just like similar claims about Mark Twain, turned out to be highly exaggerated. It’s certainly helpful that JavaFX is now an open source project that is incorporated into Java 8. Still, from a technical standpoint, there’s no way you can say Java 9 is the default, while Swing is an optional module. Use of JavaFX will probably increase but strategic tools like Netbeans will secure the existence of Swing for years to come.”
Werner Keil (Creative Arts & Technologies)
“No, and I mean that in a positive way. JavaFX is highly interesting and keeps getting better with each new version. That said, I doubt that there’ll ever be a huge hype about it. Instead, what will happen is that development will continue which naturally leads to higher acceptance. So it’s more evolution than revolution.”
Andy Bosch (
“I’ve been working on a project with JavaFX for two months now and I must say I’m very fond of it. With the release of Java 8 there will also be a new version of JavaFX and it will feature many improvements. I’m sure JavaFX will make a breakthrough in 2014.”
Patrick Peschlow (codecentric Co.)
“Java has to make a breakthrough because there won’t be another chance. Oracle invests pretty heavily into JavaFX so the initial situation is quite good. However, I agree with Karsten Lentzsch: JavaFX doesn’t address the market for business applications, which is a big market.

“It shouldn’t be a big problem to realize good UI demos with effects. Without the right component library, it’s going to be difficult to convince existing Swing/SWT-developer teams, though. Hopefully, third-party vendors will help. We’re counting on you, Karsten!”
Jens Schuhmann (open Knowledge Co.)
“That depends on the particular platform. Speaking for our company, not a single of our customers requested that we use it. On the contrary, we try to use more neutral technology-stacks in our work. So, I don’t believe JavaFX will make a breakthrough. I will keep an eye on the developments of OpenJFX, though.”
Joachim Arrasz (synyx GmbH & Co. Kg., @arrasz)
“Simply having a GUI framework isn’t enough when it comes to desktop applications nowadays. For me the crucial question is: how well is JavaFX integrated into the established rich client platforms? Swing is dead and SW has seen better days, so the time is more than ready for a modern GUI framework in Java.”
Florian Thienel (Eclipse Vex project Lead)
“I have a hard time answering this question because I don’t usually deal with UI topics in my work. Accordingly my view on this sector is limited. However, I think that currently there are quite a lot of people pushing JavaFX pretty hard. At the same time you hear many voices that are not really happy with the current state of the technology. Of course, JavaFX is going to mature and develop as time goes by. Ultimately, I think that JavaFX will be used in a considerable number of situations, namely where people develop UIs in Java. However, I’m convinced that use of JavaFX will remain restricted to the server side in most cases. JavaFX could experience an important breakthrough if the current attempts to implement JavaFX in Android or iOS result in solutions that are easy to use for developers.”
Thilo Frotscher (freelance software-architect and coach)
“There is no alternative to JavaFX, so there won’t be a breakthrough in the true sense of the word. What we’ll see instead is a slow but steady spreading of the technology. If they are clever, Oracle will try to use the knowledge of the “League of extraordinary Swing-Experts” and invest in their experiences.”
Uwe Sauerbrei (Leader JUG Ostfalen)

This is a translation of an article by Hartmut Schlosser which was orignally published on

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