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.

The development of JavaFX 8.0 has been ongoing for quite some time now, but for the most part the twists and turns of both public and private API changes has come to an end. Whilst these APIs have been changing I have been trying my best to keep Scenic View working (although it hasn’t always been easy due to the reliance on private API – yeah, I know, *tsk* *tsk* 🙂 ). Now that JavaFX API is relatively stable I feel confident in releasing a first developer preview build of Scenic View 8.0.0. I must note that this is very, very beta quality and needs a lot of polishing to be ready for real production use, however it should (hopefully) still meet your needs as well to a same degree as earlier versions. Many of my colleagues inside the JavaFX team at Oracle have been successfully using builds internally, and I have had untold hours of my life saved by this first developer preview build.

If you feel like trying out Scenic View 8.0.0 developer preview 1, please go to the usual download location and download it. If you run into issues please leave comments on this blog post and I’ll try my best to rapidly iterate the developer preview builds to at least reach a stable and functional release (if somewhat lacking in new features). Please note that Scenic View 8.0.0 will only run on JavaFX 8.0, so do not bother upgrading to it if you are still developing on JavaFX 2.x (if you are, stick with the latest release – 1.3.0).

Enjoy, and thanks for testing! 🙂