The Future of JavaFX
What do the API changes mean for JavaFX developers? And what else does Oracle have in store for JavaFX?
After it was revealed that JavaFX Script is being deprecated during the JavaOne opening keynote, more details about the future of JavaFX have come to light.
The next release of JavaFX will take place in the third quarter of 2011. This release will introduce a new set of Java APIs, which means developers will no longer be required to learn a new scripting language, to get to grips with JavaFX.
Outside of APIs innovations, Oracle plan to tightly integrate JavaFX with the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and deliver a hardware-accelerated graphics engine for enabling JavaFX apps to render interactive 2D and 3D experiences in real time.
Thomas Kurian also announced a strategy to open source the JavaFX controls. This has met with a positive reaction from the community, with Stephen Chin calling it “a huge move in the right direction for the platform.” It is also planned for JavaFX to ultimately support an alternate HTML5 rendering pipeline.