Sun's JavaFX debuts with familiar cast
Determined to resist RIA success
You have to respect Sun Microsystems' persistence on NetBeans - repeatedly trying to get you to inadvertently use the thing by including it with other stuff.
Sun is today taking another crack with the first code to be released in its Rich Internet Application (RIA) roadmap - a preview of JavaFX, unveiled in May 2007. The preview consists of an SDK, plug-ins for Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator, and an updated Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that lets you drag a running applet out of a browser and on to the desktop.
Did I mention a NetBeans 6.1 plug-in is also included?
Yes, apart from being behind Adobe and Microsoft in launching finished code for RIAs, Sun seems determined to further harm JavaFX's chances of uptake by coupling it with the open-source Java integrated development environment. NetBeans 6.1 will provide a "sophisticated development environment to build, preview and debug JavaFX applications," Sun said.
Sun's JavaFX preview features a tool codenamed Project Nile that'll install a plug-in for Photoshop and Illustrator to import media assets like PNG files or video into a NetBeans FX project file. Changes made by designers to the media files are incorporated into the FX file. Web scripters create JavaFX applications using NetBeans 6.1 through Sun's plug-in. Also included in the JavaFX preview SDK are compilers, 2D graphics and media libraries, tutorials, code and APIs.
JavaFX: you want NetBeans with that?
Sun said version 1.0 of JavaFX Desktop, due this fall, will target coders using scripting - an area where NetBeans is considered to have made radical improvement.
Version 2.0, and here's where it gets sketchier, will provide capabilities for designers with "drag and drop to create a project visually," senior director of Java marketing Param Singh told The Register. Designers won't "need to go into an IDE environment, they [will] work in a layout environment."
The point at which Sun can be considered to be getting into the design tools business and when Adobe will decide Sun's trampling on its toes is unclear. Singh said Sun is working with third parties for this visual environment.®
Eclipse plugin available
For those asking about an eclipse plugin, I saw one on the Sun download site @ http://developers.sun.com/downloads/new.jsp#javafx
@Rob Davis: As far as I know, the Netbeans GUI editor 'Matisse' is also available as an Eclipse plugin (might be payware though).
Eclipse is faster than Netbeans (help me out guys)
I've been developing Java software in Eclipse for a while now. I considered Netbeans this week because there is a GUI application I need to make and I saw that Netbeans has some nifty looking tools to make this easy.
But I found Netbeans to be much slower than Eclipse. So I've abandoned it for now.
My machine is faster enough Pentium D 2.8GHz.
NetBeans is not so bad
A second vote in favor of NetBeans. It seems to run faster than Eclipse for me, does more useful things for my kind of work (Ruby hints, working auto-indenter, supports esoteric things like ERb and HAML) and it generally just gets out of the way. It won't force me to create a workspace and it happily puts together a fully working project around already existing code, without messing anything up. It supports Subversion, git, Mercurial, CVS and others.
There are just a few things to nitpick about (no "Save as..." feature when working on a versioned project, instead you have to copy/paste the file for example), but all in all, it's my favorite "fat" IDE.
Disclaimer: 6.1 is the first version I've used, and now I'm trying 6.5, so if it sucked before that, I'm not claiming it didn't :)