Pro JavaFX 8

Last week, Pro JavaFX 8 became available as a printed book and as an e-book. Being the lead author of this edition, I'm very excited.

Pro JavaFX 8

When James Weaver and Stephen Chin asked me to take the lead on Pro JavaFX 8, I hesitated for a while. I wrote a couple of chapters for Pro JavaFX 2, and that was already an intense process. Pro JavaFX is an in-depth book, and it describe many parts of JavaFX in detail. It is not easy to have detailed knowledge about all the different parts of JavaFX. Good enough, Weiqi Gao stepped up to write a few new chapters and the original authors Dean Iverson, James Weaver and Stephen Chin promised to provide assistance and suggestions. That convinced me to accept the challenge. During the process, Mark Heckler became the tech reviewer. The knowledge that the whole book was screened with his high-quality standard, gives me a confident feeling.

There is a lot of information in Pro JavaFX 8. While updating chapters, I was often amazed on what a big change JavaFX 8 is compared with JavaFX 2. Many API's became richer and easier to use. Apart from the updated chapters, we have a few new chapters. There is a whole new chapter on FXML and SceneBuilder, as those tools are becoming more mature and easy to use. Also, the new JavaFX 3D deserved a chapter devoted to it as well. With JavaFX being available now on embedded and mobile, we felt it was required to provide a chapter on this as well.

The table of contents for the book goes as follows:

  1. Getting a Jump Start in JavaFX 8
  2. In this chapter, you learn about the history of JavaFX and you create your first JavaFX Application.
  3. Creating a User Interface in JavaFX 8
  4. You learn how to write a JavaFX Application that programatically renders a user interface
  5. Using SceneBuilder to create a User Interface
  6. A user interface in JavaFX can be created using the API's described in Chapter 2, but also in a declarative language called FXML, and with the help of a tool called SceneBuilder.
  7. Properties and Bindings
  8. Many cool features in JavaFX are possible because they use Properties and Bindings. Those concepts have no dependency on graphical components, but they allow a program model where the graphical components get their rendering information from values in a model.
  9. Building Dynamic UI Layouts in JavaFX
  10. In this chapter, we give an overview of layout techniques that allow you to create dynamic user interfaces.
  11. Using the JavaFX UI Controls
  12. The list of Controls (e.g. Button, ScrollPane,...) that are available out-of-the box is increasing. For example, in this chapter we describe the DatePicker.
  13. Collections and Concurrency
  14. In this Chapter, we describe one of the strong concepts in JavaFX which are Observable collections.
  15. Creating Charts in JavaFX
  16. The JavaFX Platform comes with a simple, powerful API that allows developers to render a variety of charts with just a few lines of code.
  17. Using the media classes
  18. A rich application platform requires support for multi-media. Learn how JavaFX supports audio and video.
  19. JavaFX 3D
  20. The JavaFX 3D API has been added in JavaFX 8 and is described in this chapter.
  21. Accessing Web Services
  22. Many JavaFX Applications that provide business value have to interact with (REST-based) webservices. In this chapter, we show how to connect a JavaFX Application to webservices.
  23. Java on Embedded, Mobile and Tablet
  24. Write Once, Run Anywhere. The number one advantage of Java also holds for JavaFX. This chapter talks about how to deploy JavaFX applications on embedded and mobile devices.
  25. JavaFX languages and markup
  26. There is a rising interest in alternative languages on top of the JVM. Learn how to use JavaFX in those languages.

All chapters in Pro JavaFX 8 come with code samples. We decided to make those available for free, allowing all JavaFX developers to check them out, learn from the code, and provide us and the community with feedback and suggestions. You can find the samples at

Distributing the samples for free fits in the open spirit of the JavaFX Community. In all projects I've been doing, I've hardly ever seen such a close interaction between the creators (the JavaFX team at Oracle) and the users (the JavaFX developers all over the world).

Pro JavaFX is available on Apress at and on Amazon at

written on 06 Aug 2014 20:49.

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