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JavaFX in Action Paperback – November 23, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1933988993 ISBN-10: 1933988991 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988993
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Morris has been programming Java for over a decade, and has extensive experience developing user interfaces for business applications, games, and websites. His experience encompasses web and desktop projects for commercial, academic, and government clients. He blogs on Java and rich UI topics at Sun's Java.net site. Simon lives and works in the UK.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Dea on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Well organized, JavaFX in Action enables beginners, as well as experienced developers from any language background, to immediately hit the ground running with the JavaFX platform. This book provides great examples that demonstrate the abilities of JavaFX to create engaging Rich Internet Applications (RIA) ranging from game programming to business applications. While the book has a strong focus on the fundamentals of the JavaFX Script language (two chapters and Appendix B to be exact), it also details the new JavaFX 1.2.x controls API (Chapter 7). The author, having a good sense of humor, keeps the reader alert and capable of digesting technical jargon. By including many bonus sections the author keeps you wanting more information. JavaFX in Action is definitely a teaching style book with concise code blocks containing great comments along with outputs (displayed results) after a program is run, thus freeing the reader from having to be handcuffed to their compilers. There are lots of FAQs which challenges your ability to think in real world situations when using the JavaFX language and APIs.

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I highly recommend this book. It has a great mixture of graphics, gaming, media, mobile and business application examples. I believe you will enjoy it as much as I have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leszek Gruchaa on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Courtesy of Pawel Stawicki from Szczecin JUG:

JavaFX (JFX) is a new technology. There are not many books about it yet. Then the more happy I am I can read one of them - "JavaFX in Action" by Simon Morris from Manning Publications.

At the beginning of the book there is explanation of what JavaFX platform is, and it's language JavaFX Script. And why it is great at creating GUIs. The next step is not language basics as one could expect, but first small application in JavaFX. You don't fully understand how it works and what all this words, numbers and braces mean, but you can run it and say "WOW!" :) It is there to make an impression, and it serves this purpose well. It's like an appetizer, making you even more hungry for knowledge and more eager to learn this new great language. I like it, because it makes further reading "taste" better. It also shows what is told in first chapter is true - in JavaFX you can create fancy graphical effects easily.

Chapters two and three are about language itself, variables declaration, data types (new one: duration), language structure - all the fun begins. After learning basic stuff about language, we start creating "real" applications. Nice looking, fancy and colorful small applications (JavaFX is for GUI, isn't it?). What I didn't like here is a bit waterfall, not iterative process. All applications are created class by class, and then at the end run. Many times I wanted to see how single component looks like before finishing whole application. I could do it by writing small app by myself, but I'd prefer to see it in book.

The language used in the book is very light, even funny. It is pleasure to read, still everything is explained clearly and understandably. One of difficult topics are transformations.
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By John Peter O'connor on December 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have had this book for a while now.

I bought it to help me with all of the odd things that crop up from time to time when dealing with some new bit of programming tech.

How often did it help me to answer a tricky question? Never.

How often did it at least point me in the general direction of my solution? Never.

JavaFX is now moving on from the JavaFX script described in this book and I cannot really see who might find it useful.
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