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Exploring a software architect's favorite Oracle JavaFX tools

At JavaOne 2015, Java enthusiast Rob Terpilowski discusses why he's still a fan of Oracle JavaFX tools.

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Using Oracle JavaFX tools for client-side application development is a mainstay of software architect Rob Terpilowski's work at Lynden Inc., a transportation services firm in Anchorage, Alaska, and his own asset management firm, Zoi Capital. In JavaFX projects, some of his favorite go-to tools are Netbeans, Scenic View and Scene Builder. Terpilowski explains why he likes and how he uses Oracle JavaFX tools and others, as well as their pros and cons in this video interview with TheServerSide.

Terpilowski can certainly be called a Java development enthusiast. He writes a popular Java and JavaFX blog, on which he just announced the rollout of Lynden Navigator 2.0 to 1,000 desktops across the company. He is a regular JavaOne speaker on Oracle JavaFX. On TheServerSide, he's described how he used NetBeans and JavaScript in a Google mapping project, why he uses JavaFX and not Swing, how the developer shortage has affected his projects and more.

Check out this video for Terpilowski's analysis of these Oracle JavaFX tools he uses frequently:

  • Netbeans is a Java-based integrated development environment (IDE), first designed by developer Jaroslav Tulach for Sun Microsystems. Terpilowski likes its autocomplete feature, support for JavaFX CSS files and code-generator plug-in. An open source IDE tuned to Java, it is well-supported by the Java community and Oracle.
  • JavaFX Scene Builder, now nurtured and managed by Gluon Inc., is a codeless visual layout tool. With its key features, such as a WYSIWYG drag-and-drop design tool and CSS Analyzer, Scene Builder simplifies user interface design and development, according to Terpilowski.
  • With ScenicView, a GUI application, developers can change components and tweak CSS while the app is running. This helps them with testing, finding bugs and conducting other quality reviews without doing the compile-check-compile process. The new September 2015 release, Scenic View 8.6.0, brings greater compatibility with Oracle JavaFX.

Which Oracle JavaFX tools does your enterprise use? Let us know.

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I have known devs that really like NetBeans over Eclipse.  I have not used Netbeans enough to really gauge whether it is superior or not though.
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