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  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-60165-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-60165-0

Updated for JavaFX 1.3

The JavaFX platform makes it possible to write applications that can be deployed across devices ranging from cell phones to desktops, with little or no change required. JavaFX applications are written using JavaFX Script, a new and easy-to-use scripting language.

Kim Topley’s JavaFX™ Developer’s Guide thoroughly covers the JavaFX language and its core libraries and shows you step by step how to develop and deliver JavaFX applications for the desktop and for mobile devices. It provides complete coverage of all aspects of the language, including 

  • Language syntax
  • Tools you can use to develop, debug, and deploy JavaFX applications
  • User interface classes
  • Animation
  • How to play audio and video
  • How to use RESTful Web services and databases to retrieve the data for your application
  • How to create custom components
  • Transformations
  • User interface basics, attributes, events,and controls
  • JavaFX and networking
  • JavaFX development with NetBeans and Eclipse
  • Packaging and deployment 

Topley highlights critical topics that other books gloss over, presents detailed examples that stretch JavaFX to its limits, and shows you exactly how to build on the skills you already have. Whether you’ve been focused on HTML/XML/CSS Web development or Java Swing, this book will help you get outstanding results with JavaFX.



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Table of Contents

About the Author xxv

Preface xxvi

Part I: Introduction to JavaFX

Chapter 1: An Overview of JavaFX 3

The JavaFX Platform 3

The JavaFX Script Language 5

The JavaFX Runtime 9

JavaFX Development Tools 13

Deployment 14

Chapter 2: JavaFX Script Basics 17

Source File Structure 17

Comments 18

The package Statement 20

The import Statement 20

Other JavaFX Statements 23

JavaFX Keywords and Reserved Words 27

Script Execution and Arguments 28

Predefined Variables 31

Chapter 3: JavaFX Script Development 33

Compiling and Running JavaFX Code 33

Documentation in JavaFX Source Code 43

Chapter 4: A Simple JavaFX Application 45

Building the SnowStorm Application 46

SnowStorm on the Web, a Phone, and TV 65

Debugging the SnowStorm Application 72

Profiling the SnowStorm Application 77

Source Code for the SnowStorm Application 82

Part II: The JavaFX Script Language

Chapter 5: Variables and Data Types 89

Variable Declarations 89

Object Types 94

Basic Data Types 97

Type Inference 117

Visibility of Variables 119

Chapter 6: Expressions, Functions, and Object Literals 121

Expressions and Operations 121

JavaFX Functions 134

Object Literals 147

Chapter 7: Sequences 153

Sequence Creation 153

The String Form of a Sequence 155

Range Notation 156

Sequence Equality and Copying 157

Querying Sequences 158

Modifying Sequences 162

Operations on Sequences 167

Java Arrays 174

Chapter 8: Controlling Program Flow 179

The if Statement 179

The while Statement 181

The for Statement 184

Exception Handling 193

Chapter 9: Binding 195

Binding to Variables and Expressions 195

Binding and Functions 207

Binding and Sequences 217

Chapter 10: Triggers 221

Triggers on Simple Variables 221

Triggers and Sequences 229

Triggers and Instance Variables 236

Chapter 11: JavaFX Script Classes 239

JavaFX Class Declaration 240

Subclassing and Abstract Classes 249

Using Bound Functions 258

Variable Overrides 259

Class Initialization 261

Classes and Script Files 265

Mixins 266

Chapter 12: Platform APIs 285

Built-In Functions 285

Arguments and System Properties 287

Application Shutdown 292

Deferring Operations 294

Functions for Internationalization 295

Local Storage 298

Conditional Features 307

Chapter 13: Reflection 309

Context and Classes 309

Types and Values 314

Variables and Functions 320

Using Reflection 328

Part III: User Interfaces with JavaFX

Chapter 14: User Interface Basics 341

The Stage Class 342

The Scene Class 358

Nodes 360

Alerts 369

3D Features 372

Chapter 15: Node Variables and Events 375

Cursors 375

Colors 378

Events 401

Chapter 16: Shapes, Text, and Images 433

Shapes 433

Stroking and Filling Shapes 456

The Text Class 466

Fonts 472

Groups and Custom Nodes 482

Images 486

Chapter 17: Coordinates, Transforms, and Layout 503

Transforms 503

Combining Transforms 517

Clipping 523

Coordinates and Bounds 527

Node Layout 538

SnowStorm Revisited 579

Coordinates and Screens 585

Chapter 18: Animation 591

Timelines 591

Controlling a Timeline 605

Transitions 613

Chapter 19: Video and Audio 627

The Media Class 628

The MediaPlayer Class 630

The MediaView Class 639

Chapter 20: Effects and Blending 651

Effects Overview 651

The JavaFX Effects Classes 656

Blending 686

Lighting 690

Chapter 21: Importing Graphics 703

The JavaFX Production Suite 703

Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Graphics 705

Importing SVG Graphics 733

Chapter 22: Cross-Platform Controls 737

Controls Overview 737

The Label Control 738

Button Controls 749

The TextBox Control 761

The PasswordBox Control 771

The ListView Control 773

The ChoiceBox Control 786

The ScrollBar Control 787

The ScrollView Control 794

The Slider Control 797

The ProgressIndicator and ProgressBar Controls 804

The Separator Control 807

Tooltips 808

Chapter 23: Style Sheets 811

Style Sheet Basics 811

Style Sheet Property Specifications 824

Chapter 24: Using Swing Controls 829

Swing Component Wrappers 829

Labels 833

Text Input 839

Buttons 843

The SwingList Class 849

The SwingScrollPane Class 852

The SwingComboBox Class 854

The SwingSlider Class 857

Using Other Swing Components 860

Chapter 25: Building Custom Controls 865

Custom Nodes 865

The CoordinateGrid Node 866

Custom Containers 869

Custom Controls 887

Chapter 26: Charts 911

Chart Basics 911

Pie Charts 914

Bar Charts 919

Line Charts 926

Area Charts 930

Scatter Charts 932

Bubble Charts 934

Chart Interaction 936

Common Customizations 937

Part IV: Miscellaneous

Chapter 27: Using External Data Sources 949

The HttpRequest Class 950

Using RESTful Web Services 974

RSS and Atom Feeds 995

Tasks and Progress Monitoring 1008

Asynchronous Operations and Database Access 1014

Chapter 28: Packaging and Deployment 1025

Packaging and Deployment for the Desktop 1026

Packaging and Deployment for Mobile Devices 1045

Appendix A: Using JavaFX Command-Line Tools 1049

Development Using Command-Line Tools 1049

Generating Documentation from JavaFX Source 1055


Appendix B: CSS Properties 1061

Properties Applicable to Nodes 1061

Properties Applicable to Shapes 1063

Properties Applicable to Containers 1064

Properties Applicable to Controls 1067

Index 1071


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