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Carl Dea

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5 Dec 2011 1430242574 978-1430242574
JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example provides a quick start to programming the JavaFX 2.0 platform. JavaFX 2.0 provides a rich set of APIs for use in creating graphically exciting client applications written solely in Java. You get a large set of customizable components that can be skinned using CSS techniques that you already know from doing web development. The platform even includes a web rendering engine enabling you to mix HTML content into your applications. Hardware acceleration means that your applications are fast and snappy, taking full advantage of modern graphics processing support at the hardware level. JavaFX 2.0 opens the door to business applications that look good, are fun to use, that take advantage of the medium to present data of all types text, audio, video, etc. in ways that engage the user and lead to increased productivity. Getting started with JavaFX 2.0 is surprisingly easy. You already have the Java skills. Very likely you know enough of CSS to get by. All that's left is to get a leg up on the API, and that's where JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example can help. In this short book, author Carl Dea takes you through a series of engaging, fun-to-work examples that bring you up to speed on the major facets of the platform. Begin with the fundamentals of installing the software and creating a simple interface. Move in progressive steps through the process of developing a working dialog box for an application. Then let the fun begin as you explore images and animations, audio and video, and finally learn to embed JavaFX applications in a web page as well as embedding HTML5 content within an application. At the end of this book you'll have a good grasp of what JavaFX is all about, and you'll be ready to begin your journey towards mastery of the platform. Entirely example-based Focused on practical applications Full of working code for you to adapt and extend What you'll learn Install

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Carl P. Dea is a software engineer working for BCT LLC on projects with high performance computing (HPC) architectures. He has been developing software for 15 years with many clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations. He has written software ranging from mission-critical applications to Web applications. Carl has been using Java since the very beginning and is a JavaFX enthusiast dating back to when JavaFX used to be called F3. He has been involved with open-source projects such as JFXtras and JDIC. Carl's passion for software development started when his middle school science teacher showed him the TRS-80 computer. His current software development interests are: rich client platforms (RCP), rich Internet applications (RIAs), Groovy, game programming, Arduino, mobile phones, and tablet computers. When he's not working, Carl and his wife love to watch their daughters perform at gymnastics meets. Carl lives on the East Coast in Pasadena (aka "The Dena" ), Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter @carldea, and on Linked In at Carl also blogs at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously nothing more than a few barely explained examples. 1 Jun 2013
By Grant S. Robertson - Published on
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I gave it two stars instead of one, because at least they warn you in the title. But still, if you are going to claim to teach someone something by examples, you might want to actually explain how the examples actually work. Instead, the authors present the example and then describe the final result of the example, but with little explanation as to how the example actually works. No explanation as to why a particular approach was taken. There are little or no comments in the code, so you could have done just as well downloading some sample code and digging through it yourself.

Honestly, I just think someone is cashing in on the fact that they had early access to JavaFX and is just throwing out anything and calling it a book.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 26 Dec 2011
By pro_crustes - Published on
Not bad, but it has two major problems. First, it falls prey to the bane of many a book on software: it's written as though you are already familiar with the topic. For example, by only the third "solution," it refers to a "graph" (which is a JavaFX data structure), but the only explanation before that usage is an oblique reference to the fact that JavaFX uses something by that name, not a real introduction. Second (and, I'm sorry, but this is major) the book is printed in a font so small you'll feel you used Adobe Reader to print it at the 80% scale setting. I call this "major" because the book is only a half-inch thick. In a world full of computer books that are three inches wide (or more!), printing a short book like this in a tiny font is inexcusable. As a middle-aged programmer learning JavaFX for the first time, I may be unusual, but not everyone is going to have the vision of a twenty-something grad student. For me, the book is, almost literally, unreadable.

The second flaw is the publisher's fault and should be corrected if this book ever goes into another printing. The first flaw is the author's and editor's, and I am left wondering if the real point was to add another entry to the collection of books whose "introduction by example" subtitle is a code-phrase meaning "answers to your homework questions."

Much as I hate to say it (as I was really hoping this book would be my entry point to JavaFX in its fully realized form as a Java API), I'd skip this one and rely on Web tutorials until a better intro text arrives.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as Advertised 10 April 2012
By A. Kadhi - Published on
The examples strike a good balance between simplicity and unneeded complexity. I really enjoyed the new builder classes, data binding and those awesome call chaining (functional programming rocks).

The material gets progressively more challenging and it covers some of the most interesting topics like graphics and data binding which I really enjoyed learning about (at the end my son caught me "exploring" and running "".

I can call this a decent warm-up. The next book I plan to read is Pro JavaFX 2: A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology.

For those of you who aren't familiar with JavaFX 2 (or the prior java-developer-unfriendly versions), it's a huge improvement over Swing and (old school) Applets. The new JavaFX apps and applets load a lot faster (at least more responsive) and thanks to JavaFX 2 they look gorgeous.

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was a little nicked when I tried to run MyJavaFXApp in a browser and I had to spend 20 minutes running in circles before I remembered one of the issues that drove many IT departments (and users) insane: JRE conflicts. I had the 64-bit instead of the 32-bit version (BTW, the users are going to have even more fun now that they have to decide which one they need). No, seriously, Oracle has to fix this ancient issue.

All in all, I will highly recommend this book and JavaFX 2'sAPI is a pleasure to use and way too addictive. NetBeans 7.1 has made significant progress and is well integrated with JavaFX 2 (no GUI builder yet but you can use the soon-to-be-integrated standalone product: JavaFX Scene Builder).

Update 1:
Pro JavaFX 2: A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology is worth reading. I seriously enjoyed the book, the last couple chapters had a huge potential but fell short of their intended purpose: JavaFX languages are half cooked. A solid 4.5 stars.
One more suggestion: after reading at least one of these books, you should also try using the JavaFX Scene Builder tool: it's easy to use, and makes it relatively easy to leverage FXML to enforce a pure MVC design. I really liked the way it binds FXML file to a controller class.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For to Quick Start JavaFX My Use 20 Jan 2012
By Dustin Marx - Published on
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I was looking for a rapid introduction to JavaFX 2.x and JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example fit the bill perfectly. At the time of this writing, it is the only book on JavaFX 2.0 and it starts fast. I appreciated the fact that the introduction and history of JavaFX was rapidly covered (may want to access one of the numerous online blogs or articles on JavaFX 2.0 if more historical and overview information is desired) and that the focus moved very quickly to technical, code-based examples of how to use JavaFX 2.0.

The book is "recipe" or "cookbook" style and begins with easier introductory type recipes and moves onto more sophisticated recipes. It was only a matter of minutes to get my first JavaFX application running when using this book. I'm in a hurry when trying out a new language and this book satisfied that need. The books includes some NetBeans-specific examples, but no IDE is mentioned in most recipes and even those using NetBeans provide generated code so that NetBeans is not required. Each recipe presents a problem, presents one or more solutions to that problem, and then provides brief text description of features newly covered in the book by those solutions.

JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example is a relatively quick read with four chapters, fewer than 200 pages of highly technical content, plenty of code samples, and plenty of screen snapshots. The book is not intended as a comprehensive reference, but focuses on what its title suggests: an introduction to JavaFX 2 via working code examples. Some important topics in JavaFX 2 such as charting, FXML, GroovyFX, and ScalaFX are not covered in this book, but it provided me with a good enough introduction and familiarity with the language to be able to quickly learn about those via the JavaFX API documentation and other online resources. If you want to get into JavaFX immediately and with as little ceremony as possible, this book is a great place to start. If you prefer more pages of historical and overview details and wider coverage, you might prefer waiting for Pro JavaFX 2 Platform (be sure to get the edition with "2" in the title!) to be available (which I also intend to purchase).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick And Practical Guide To Getting Started With JavaFX Technology 6 Mar 2012
By William Antônio Siqueira - Published on
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"JavaFX is now Java" This is the most remarkable change in JavaFX 2.0, but the JavaFX API also brings some new ways in how we program GUIs in Java today. If you are a Java programmer and want to quickly start with JavaFX this is the book for you. Throughout the examples, you will understand how the new Java graphical APIs work. In a practical way, with no deep theoretical explanations with more of a focus on code, the book presents the main JavaFX features such as binding, controls, media, effects, etc. I would suggest the book for teachers doing labs because I believe the students wouldn't be bored and they would see the results of what they have learned in an immediate way. If you are a hobbyist and want to take a look into JavaFX, this book will be very useful. The examples in JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example are clear and well explained. Mr Dea paid attention to details describing what is new in each code example of the book. Of course, the practical and quick way to build JavaFX apps comes with a cost. You will not become a JavaFX expert nor know all the APIs after reading this book, but it is not the book's intent. So, if you want to get immersed in a month to learn the basics of JavaFX, buy this book. It is the way to go!
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