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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 928
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-343002-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-343002-8

JavaFX is a state-of-the-art graphics toolkit that is now built into Java and can be easily integrated with the NetBeans Platform. With JavaFX, you can create advanced user interfaces, manipulate media, generate graphical effects and animations, and much more. The NetBeans Platform provides a framework for building robust, modular applications with long life expectancies. Together, JavaFX and the NetBeans Platform provide the basis for creating visually appealing, industrial-strength applications.

Focusing on JavaFX as the front end for rich client applications, this guide’s examples cover JavaFX 8 with the NetBeans Platform, NetBeans IDE, and Java 8. Gail and Paul Anderson fully explain JavaFX and its relationship with the NetBeans Platform architecture, and systematically show Java developers how to use them together effectively. Each concept and technique is supported by clearly written code examples, proven through extensive classroom teaching.

Coverage includes

  • Background basics with Java, JavaFX, and UI events
  • Building loosely coupled applications
  • NetBeans Platform Modules and Lookup
  • NetBeans Platform Nodes, Explorer Views, and Actions
  • Building CRUD-based applications
  • Integrating JavaFX with a Swing-based framework
  • Using JavaFX Charts with the NetBeans Platform
  • Using the NetBeans Platform File System and Data System
  • Keeping the UI responsive

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Table of Contents

Foreword          xvii

Preface          xix

About the Authors           xxiii

Chapter 1: A Tour of the NetBeans Platform         1

What You Will Learn   1

1.1 Background Basics   2

1.2 The NetBeans Platform: The Big Picture   3

1.3 FamilyTreeApp Reference Application   10

1.4 Documentation   17

1.5 How to Get Java and the NetBeans Platform Software   17

1.6 Example Software Bundle   18

1.7 Key Point Summary   18

Chapter 2: Background Basics         19

What You Will Learn   20

2.1 JavaBeans and Properties   20

2.2 Lambda Expressions   38

2.3 Swing Basics   40

2.4 Improving the User Experience   63

2.5 Concurrency and Thread Safety   68

2.6 Swing Background Tasks   73

2.7 Key Point Summary   80

Chapter 3: Introduction to JavaFX          83

What You Will Learn   83

3.1 What Is JavaFX?   84

3.2 Building JavaFX Programs   87

3.3 JavaFX Properties   103

3.4 Putting It All Together   120

3.5 Key Point Summary   128

Chapter 4: Working with JavaFX         131

What You Will Learn   131

4.1 Creating JavaFX Properties   132

4.2 Using JavaFX Properties in a JavaFX Application   139

4.3 Observable Collections   148

4.4 JavaFX Applications   153

4.5 Concurrency and Thread Safety   172

4.6 JavaFX Background Tasks   176

4.7 Monitoring Background Tasks   182

4.8 Key Point Summary   195

Chapter 5: A Taste of Modularity            199

What You Will Learn   199

5.1 Modular Architecture   199

5.2 Creating a NetBeans Platform Application   203

5.3 Creating Modules   208

5.4 Configuring a Module with Public Packages   211

5.5 Registering a Service Provider   214

5.6 Configuring a Window for Selection   219

5.7 Configuring a Window with Form Editing   231

5.8 Module Life Cycle Annotations   242

5.9 What We Know So Far   244

5.10 Key Point Summary   245

Chapter 6: JavaFX Integration          249

What You Will Learn   249

6.1 JavaFX and the NetBeans Platform   250

6.2 Communication Strategies   261

6.3 Integrating with the NetBeans Platform   265

6.4 Key Point Summary   289

Chapter 7: Nodes and Explorer Views          291

What You Will Learn   291

7.1 The NetBeans Model View Controller   292

7.2 Nodes   293

7.3 Explorer Views   323

7.4 Creating a Selection History Feature   332

7.5 Key Point Summary   338

Chapter 8: NetBeans Platform Window System           341

What You Will Learn   342

8.1 Window Framework Overview   342

8.2 TopComponent Basics   352

8.3 TopComponent Persistence   361

8.4 TopComponent Client Properties   363

8.5 Creating Non-Singleton TopComponents   364

8.6 Window System Life Cycle Management   369

8.7 TopComponent Modes   376

8.8 Window Groups   381

8.9 Window Layout   387

8.10 Window Layout Roles   401

8.11 Key Point Summary   410

Chapter 9: Action Framework         413

What You Will Learn   413

9.1 Type of Actions   414

 Always-Enabled Actions   414

9.2 Actions and Lookup   421

9.3 Editing the Node Hierarchy   444

9.4 Inter-Window Drag and Drop   458

9.5 Key Point Summary   468

Chapter 10: Building a CRUD Application             471

What You Will Learn   471

10.1 Create-Read-Update-Delete Application   472

10.2 Using CRUD with a Database   501

10.3 Concurrency in the FamilyTreeApp Application   516

10.4 Key Point Summary   523

Chapter 11: Dialogs         525

What You Will Learn   525

11.1 Dialog Overview   526

11.2 Standard Dialogs   527

11.3 Customizing Standard Dialogs   531

11.4 Custom Dialogs   533

11.5 Custom Login Dialog   539

11.6 Putting It All Together   544

11.7 Key Point Summary   548

Chapter 12: Wizards         551

What You Will Learn   551

12.1 Wizard Overview   552

12.2 The Wizard Wizard   554

12.3 Wizard Input   561

12.4 Wizard Validation   565

12.5 Simple Validation API   577

12.6 Finishing Early Option   587

12.7 Asynchronous Validation   592

12.8 Dynamic Sequence Wizards   598

12.9 Wizard Instantiating Iterators   614

12.10 Key Point Summary   620

Chapter 13: File System          623

What You Will Learn   623

13.1 File System API   624

13.2 The File System API Overview   624

13.3 Monitoring File Changes   636

13.4 Including a File with Your Application   649

13.5 The Layer File and System FileSystem   654

13.6 Key Point Summary   668

Chapter 14: Data System         671

What You Will Learn   671

14.1 Data System API Overview   672

14.2 Creating a New File Type   678

14.3 Working with MultiView Windows   697

14.4 Creating an XML-Based File Type   721

14.5 Key Point Summary   740

Chapter 15: JavaFX Charts         743

What You Will Learn   743

15.1 JavaFX Charts and the NetBeans Platform   744

15.2 Introducing JavaFX Charts   759

15.3 Data Visualization with JavaFX Charts   764

15.4 Adding Behaviors to JavaFX Charts   781

15.5 Saving Charts   789

15.6 Key Point Summary   795

Chapter 16: Using Web Services          799

What You Will Learn   799

16.1 RESTful Web Services and the NetBeans Platform   800

16.2 Creating RESTful Web Services   802

16.3 A Java Application Web Service Client   810

16.4 RESTful Web Services in a NetBeans Platform Application   817

16.5 Key Point Summary   845

Chapter 17: Branding, Distribution, and Internationalization   847

What You Will Learn   847

17.1 What Is Branding?   848

17.2 Application Updates   857

17.3 Application Distribution   864

17.4 Application Internationalization   868

17.5 Key Point Summary   883

Index          885


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