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JavaFX in Action by Simon Morris

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Chapter 1. Welcome to the future: introducing JavaFX

This chapter covers

  • Reviewing the history of the internet-based application
  • Asking what promise DSLs hold for UIs
  • Looking at JavaFX Script examples
  • Comparing JavaFX to its main rivals

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail,” American psychologist Abraham Maslow once observed.

Language advocacy is a popular pastime with many programmers, but what many fail to realize is that programming languages are like tools: each is good at some things and next to useless at others. Java, inspired as it was by prior art like C and Smalltalk, sports a solid general-purpose syntax that gets the job done with the minimum of fuss in the majority of cases. Unfortunately, ...

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