JavaFX: New WYSIWYG Editor + Ramani Updates on License

by Tim O'Brien

First WYSIWYG JavaFX Tool

Think we have to wait a few years for good tool support in JavaFX? Think again, there's a pretty capable tool from Reportmill Software. Reportmill released JFX Builder at the end of last week.

This week we started a new branch of our source, did some reading of the JavaFX materials, and started implementing a few customizations and extensions to support JavaFX. Posted here is our page layout application modified to generate a preview of basic illustrations with an integrated version of JavaFXPad.

I've taken it for a quick test drive and it is an impressive offering given that they've only had a few weeks to play around with the technology.

Nandini Ramani (Sun) clears up any confusion on the JavaFX user list

I would like to reiterate that it is perfectly fine to distribute your JavaFX applications, in fact we encourage it. I was just pointing out that it is not yet ready for commercial use. [Developers] are welcome to distribute their applications.

Unlike other proprietary companies, we at Sun really do believe in open source and community involvement. I am sorry we do not have a licensing model in place yet, but I assure you that we are working on it and I will keep you all posted as soon as we have one in place.

And, on the important question of what in JavaFX is going to be open sourced:

Q: Is the JavaFX Runtime the same thing as the JavaFX Script which is to be "open sourced" as per the FAQ?

Nandini R: Yes, it is and the runtime will be open sourced.

Alright, good to read the clarification that the runtime will be open sourced.