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JavaFX 2.0: Introduction by Example (Expert's Voice in Java) 1st , Kindle Edition
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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.
Honestly, I do not know why potential readers should bother with the text; by itself it is practically worthless and to have any success you must download the non-abridged example programs. The text feels as if the author and publisher were in a huge hurry and failed to even perform an even rudimentary review of the material for functionality, completeness and relevance. If you are tempted to buy this introduction to javafx, make sure you get the second edition; while I cannot speak for it's quality, be assured the first will only leave the novice frustrated.
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).
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