FX Experience Has Gone Read-Only

I've been maintaining FX Experience for a really long time now, and I love hearing from people who enjoy my weekly links roundup. One thing I've noticed recently is that maintaining two sites (FX Experience and JonathanGiles.net) takes more time than ideal, and splits the audience up. Therefore, FX Experience will become read-only for new blog posts, but weekly posts will continue to be published on JonathanGiles.net. If you follow @FXExperience on Twitter, I suggest you also follow @JonathanGiles. This is not the end - just a consolidation of my online presence to make my life a little easier!

tl;dr: Follow me on Twitter and check for the latest news on JonathanGiles.net.

A new JavaFX 2.0 beta build has been made available. The main feature of this release are:

  • The worker threading API that Richard has discussed previously.
  • Support for rich text editing (via the new HTMLEditor control)
  • A FileChooser dialog.
  • FXML, which is a scriptable, XML-based markup language for constructing JavaFX user interfaces. Turns out I was wrong on this – we didn’t get this into this build. It will definitely be in the next one however!

In addition, I believe that both the online API docs, as well as the developer documentation, have been updated, and additional tutorials added. These changes may take a short while to be reflected online however are now online.

I recommend that everyone that is working with JavaFX 2.0 beta builds update to the latest build as soon as possible, as that helps to uncover new issues and also reflects the very latest features and functionality. From my understanding the download rate for these beta builds has been huge, so thanks to everyone for testing the beta releases and giving such valuable feedback. I look forward to hearing your feedback on this latest release. The best place to discuss JavaFX 2.0 is at the OTN forum.