Monday, December 8, 2008

Java FX?

So, Java has their own version of Silverlight/Flash now called JavaFx. I spent some time looking at it today and have mixed emotions. On the one hand, they are advertising that this works on "All the Screens of Your Life." You should be able to write JavaFx applications that run on your pc, your mobile device, or your tv if you would like. Two points Java. I'm still not sold on the technology though. I took a look at some of the sample applications. They did look cool (Flash/Silverlight like), but the install experience was not as smooth. Check it out for yourself and see what you think. One downer... The way in which UI's are created. They are going with a declarative model much like silverlight and Adobe Flex. So far so good, but the language is.... not very elegant in my opinion. It makes sense to declare it in an xml language, not this...


Ok, not a huge deal. I could probably get used to it. The second, and I think biggest thing that Silverlight has going for it over this and any other technology out there is its templating capabilities. It's one thing to skin a control, its a totally different thing to be able to create a lookless control.

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