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Three Steps to Build a Killer WebSocket App with JavaFX

The app I wanted to build consumes the same data source as the lightning fast Kaazing portfolio demo

As part of my prep for the talk we give at JavaOne 2012, I built a WebSocket app using JavaFX 2.2 front-end with NetBeans 7.2 and the brand new JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0.

The tools were a pleasant surprise, they were pretty straight-forward to use. Most of the Oracle tutorials were helpful too, although I couldn’t find signs of an active and extensive JavaFX developer community out there.

The app I wanted to build consumes the same data source as the lightning fast Kaazing portfolio demo.

This video demonstrates what it looks like in the development environment, as well as running, side-by-side with the aforementioned JavaScript implementation of the Kaazing portfolio demo.

Step 1 – Creating a JavaFX App

First, I created a new project: JavaFX > JavaFX FXML Application.

Step 2 – Defining the UI

Then, using the new JavaFX Scene Builder, I created the grid layout I wanted to render. The JavaFX Scene Builder can be invoked by double-clicking on your fxml file in NetBeans. If you want to edit the XML in NetBeans directly, there’s a context menu that allows you to do so.


On the next page you'll find the source for my Sample.fxml file.

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Jonas has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing’s Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. Prior to co-founding Kaazing he served as VP of Product Management for Brane Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup dedicated to developing a market-leading enterprise platform for building model-driven apps. Before Brane, he spent 8+ years at Oracle where he served as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and was Product Manager in the Oracle Application Server division for JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on accelerating and scaling secure enterprise-grade WebComms (Web Communications).

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