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Essential JavaFX [Paperback]

by Gail Anderson, Paul Anderson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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June 11, 2009 0137042795 978-0137042791 1

A complete introduction for beginners to Sun's powerful JavaFX scripting language


JavaFX is a scripting language which provides built-in properties for manipulating objects within a 2D coordinate system. A competing technology to Microsoft's Silverlight, JavaFX provides the tools to fill and pen stroke colors, and create special effects, shapes and lines. It also manipulates images and play videos and sound and defines animations that affect objects over time. This complete introduction for any level doesn't bury you with details. It starts quickly with an introduction to the power of JavaFX key features--scene node graphs, nodes as components, the coordinate system, layout options, colors and gradients, custom classes with inheritance, animation, binding, and event handlers. It then shows step-by-step how these features could be used in a real JavaFX application and will help an application look professionally designed. Commissioned by JavaFX product team and reviewed by renowned Java author, Brian Goetz, this guide is intended as the first and most accessible book for people new to JavaFX.


  • The Andersons are working directly with the JavaFX team at Sun for a complete and authoritative guide
  • Gets you started on building rich Web apps quickly without having to sort through unnecessary details or search the Web for answers
  • Focuses on most useful features and shows how to build apps that tap the full potential of JavaFX

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    About the Author

    Gail Anderson is a software specialist and author who has written numerous books on leading-edge Java technologies.  Gail is a founding member of the Anderson Software Group, Inc., a leading provider of software development training courses. Paul Anderson is a founding member of the Anderson Software Group, Inc., and a leading trainer in software technologies, such as Java, C++, C#, Perl, UML, and Linux.  Paul has taught courses for thousands of developers and specializes in making software engineering fun and understandable.

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 360 pages
    • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (June 11, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0137042795
    • ISBN-13: 978-0137042791
    • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.7 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to JavaFX November 3, 2009
    I have found this book to be an excellent introduction to JavaFX. The book starts right out with showing you the basics of setting up a project in Netbeans and continues with ample coding examples that anyone should be able to follow. It even has a chapter for non-programmers that are interested in working with the design side of JavaFX. I'm currently using the book as a reference for an online JavaFX course and have found it to be invaluable for this purpose.

    For some reason, one of the reviews of this book appears to be under the impression that this is a "course in a book". It definitely is not, and does not purport to be a "course in a book". However, what it is is a good introductory text and a good place to start.
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A neat book directly from the source August 15, 2009
    I was searching for JavaFX books at and saw the only review for this book which seems to be skewed. I own this book already and had an opportunity to meet the writers at Java ONE. I learned from them that they worked directly with JavaFX team at Sun Microsystems to get their information to write the book and publish it paralelly when JavaFX 1.2 is released

    Chapter 1 gives quick tip on how to set up Netbeans IDE to start writing your JavFX application.

    Chapter 2 introduces JavaFX graphics programing including programming structure, key graphic features such as layouts, gradients to create good looking graphics, effects and animation.

    Chapter 3 is dedicated for language features such as types, operators, expressions, sequence, binding, triggers objects, inheritance and scopes.

    Chapter 4 elaborates the graphical objects which are introduced in chapter 2 for quick taste of JavaFX graphics programing. This chapter has lengthy coverage of graphic objects such Scene, Stage, Nodes, Cursor, Shapes, Layouts and how to use them effectively.

    Chapter 5 covers the Graphics Controls (UI components) introduced in JavaFX 1.2. One of the important aspect of new controls is the ability to skin it for different look and feel. Component skinning (both using Skin and CSS) is covered in this book

    Chapter 6 explains in detail the anatomy of a JavaFX application. A piano application is built from scratch and taken apart to explain every stage of building the application.

    Chapter 7 delves deep in to the animation capabilities of JavaFX platform. For a good JavaFX animation several core features need to be used in unison including Timeline, KeyFrame, binding, trigger etc.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Computer libraries will find it a key acquisition September 18, 2009
    JavaFX is a platform for building applications for desktops, browsers and mobile devices alike and any library strong in Java programming or web development should have Essential Java FX in their collection. It explains all about Java FX scripts, from basics to scenes, shapes, images and using web services, and it packs in application examples that have been tested with JavaFX 1.2. Computer libraries will find it a key acquisition.
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    3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book please July 21, 2009
    This is the worst book I have purchased in a lot of time. The first Chatpter is an introduction, the second Chapter is an example of a program of 100 lines. Is a large example for a beginner in javaFX ( I am Java programmer). The next chapters are API i.e. Only sintaxis and more sintaxis. No exercises. No Practice. I need other book, and if you needs another book for understand a book then there is a big problem. I want my money back!!!!!

    REPLY for W. Prakash's review (= 5 stars). I was expecting your answer. I am the first person in review the book and my rating for this book was bad (one star). This is a problem for the publishing house. Your review is very strange. You starts your review discualfy me and persuading people about the benefits of the book. You seems an employee of the Publishers. I feel there are peopole of the publishing house working in the promotion of books here in AMAZON. (SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH)
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