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Sun JavaFX demo – comparing to Flash

Posted by Charles | May 10, 2007 .

Sun’s JavaFX is out. Now what? It’s time to figure out how well the technology comparing to others such as Flash, AJAX and Silverlight. I think AJAX is out of picture because AJAX is not visual tool at all, even though Sun hinted JavaFX is a AJAX killer. Really they are aftering Flash.

There are not whole lot JavaFX demos out there. One is from javaFX site. It’s JFX recreation of Motorola’s StudioMoto web site, which is running with Flash. That’ll be very good comparing point actually.

To start a JavaFX application is as easy as starting Apollo application, just click the jnlp file link. The java jnlp file is recognized by Java Web Start, sun’s java application distribution tool. The runtime is, you guessed right, the JRE (1.5 or up.)

Once it’s started, it looks just like a regular desktop application. In the demo description, they mentioned to look at the mouse over effect on the top. Did that and looks ok.

Now, if you go to the original StudioMoto web site, and do a mouse over, I bet you will find out the Flash mouse over is much smoother.

Um…I think I’ll just stop here before making any judgement. We have more time to figure out how JavaFx fits into the RIA world.

 

javafx thumb Sun JavaFX demo   comparing to Flash

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  1. Simon Brocklehurst  May 11, 2007 2:43 am

    Moxie,

    You’re right about the Flash-based animations looking smoother. That’s because in this pre-alpha release of JavaFX Script, the system is actually interpreted. The production release will be compiled down to bytecode so that it runs directly on the JVM. So in production, there really shouldn’t be much difference between Flash and JavaFX Script in terms of “smoothness”.

  2. Augusto  May 11, 2007 7:58 pm

    To me, the most impressive demo was the PDF viewer, written in Java FX script. It faded transitions between pages, a carousell 3D page browser and a very nice look and feel. Much better than the actual Adobe Reader! Chris’s slides @ JavaOne were shown in this viewer. Unfortunately, it’s not available for download. I asked and was told there are licensing issues related to “fonts”, and then can’t release the code.

    I’ll post a blog later about it, as I have some video of it and it’s very cool.

  3. Augusto  May 16, 2007 4:13 pm
  4. surikov  February 22, 2008 3:07 am
  5. Anonymous  May 4, 2008 12:13 pm

    Comparison?? I don’t see it, is hidden??
    Thanks for your help but change your topic in presentation of the demo cause one line about java…its a joke

  6. J  June 26, 2008 12:12 am

    I agree that currently Flex/Flash is the best choice over Silverlight and JavaFX. There are more 96% of browser having installed Flash plug-in while Silverlight is still in Beta version. JavaFX is still a vaporware though. Comparing the performance, Flex is more run more smoothly than Silverlight, showing Flex is a more proven technology in RIA area. Flex Builder 3 is also an easy tool for average developers too.

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  7. facildelembrar  April 19, 2009 2:28 pm

    I did a quick comparison between flash, flex, actionscript alone, silverlight, java + scenegraph and javafx. If someone is interested, it can be found here: http://my.opera.com/facildelembrar/blog/rias-comparison-part-2-simple-programs

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