Tag Archives: Scene Builder

JavaFX Tutorial for Dummies

JavaFX GUI (Graphical Interface) can be created in two ways: Without Scene Builder With Scene Builder In this tutorial we are going to create a very simple application window in eclipse without scene builder. Scene Builder is a software that supports drag n drop to build application GUI.


JavaFX Toolkit Not Initialized (Solved)

I am attempting to utilize the NetBeans Rich Client Platform (RCP) as a shell to manage plugins for an automated trading application which uses JavaFX for the UI, but no Swing components. As such, I have a module installer class which creates the JavaFX scene, but no TopComponent class which RCP developers are accustom to […]


Adding JavaFx Scene Builder to Intellij idea Ide and Creating Sample Project

Adding JavaFx to Intellij idea Ide: Download the latest JavaFx Scene builder from Gluonhq and install it. The application can work standalone without Intellij idea but to use it inside Intellij idea the installation path must be added. Go to File -> Settings -> Languages & Frameworks -> JavaFx and add the installation path to it.   […]


Structuring Complex JavaFX 8 Applications for Productivity

Combining Convention over Configuration and Dependency Injection with Scene Builder. Click to Read>>

JavaFX Scene Builder Update

Update Scene Builder (SB) to support the new JavaFX features introduced in the 8u40 release and also address the most critical limitations of the SB 2.0 release, in particular the handling of FXML references. No significant new features will be added. Read more>>



It was was mid 2013 when i first tried to run the JavaFX samples under OS X, in fact, there’s still a draft post around here in which i wanted to describe the steps necessary to run that stuff with ant and how to use Maven to build an app.

Well back then i played around a little with JavaFX 2.1 but all that fiddling around including jfxrt.jar and such wasn’t much fun.

1,5 years forward i’m sitting in various conference rooms in San Francisco, enjoying JavaOne 2014 sessions.

I’ve seen two interesting JavaFX 3D sessions with respectively bye Sean Phillips and especially inspiring “Swing Away! Move to JavaFX 8 and the NetBeans Platform” by Gail and Paul Anderson.

My personal background: I’ve been creating Java Swing applications since 2004 now and we have one very graphic heavy GIS application and also many form based stuff, so there’s some background developing Java client applications.

I got myself Pro JavaFX 8 by Johan Vos, Weiqi Gao, Stephen Chin, Dean Iverson and James Weaver as well as Javafx Rich Client Programming on the Netbeans Platform by the Andersons, the later one didn’t arive in time for my experiments, so review here.

So give something to code. Why not reusing the topic from my series of posts Developing a web application with Spring Boot, AngularJS and Java 8, which had gotten quite some attention of the last months.

The app is build around a REST api that is currently used by an AngularJS frontend for the webpage.

My goal was to create a client application that:

  • Displays all biking pictures, shuffles and flips them
  • Displays all bikes and makes them editable
  • Displays all gallery pictures (and in the future, also allows to upload some)

That gave me the following topics: Getting and processing JSON (i could have used Jackson again, but i decided for JSR 353), creating a basic JavaFX layouts using Scene Builder and connecting it to stuff, loading other stuff in the background so that the GUI won’t block, show progress.

The code for the this app named “BikingFX” is on github: github.com/michael-simons/bikingFX.

That is what it looks like: