Netbeans 6.7.1 with Java FX 1.2 Support - First Test

  1. The installation takes about 80 seconds. Netbeans 6.7.1 is installed with Java FX SDK 1.2 with few (about 3) clicks.
  2. Existing Netbeans 6.5.1 projects can be directly opened.
  3. The IDE responsiveness was improved, comparing it to Netbeans 6.5.1
  4. Java FX debugging works as expected.
  5. kenai.com and especially JIRA integration are very useful for searching / creating new issues, bugs and RFEs for the Java FX compiler.
However the are no noticeable improvements of the Java FX editor. I especially miss the refactoring capabilities. It is still not possible to consistently rename methods or even classes. I also miss seamless JUnit integration. 


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While it would be good to have refactoring features for JavaFX, I'm just glad that we can finally use NetBeans 6.7 for JavaFX development.

Posted by Raju Bitter on July 28, 2009 at 03:40 PM CEST #

A co-worker of mine had a look at it a while back and the first thing he noticed was that it doesn't support an editor hint to add missing import statements. If you want it to automatically import then you need to drag/drop something from the pallet which feels un-natural. He says it feels like JavaFX tooling is far from what he's used to in Flex and he'll have to wait another year before looking at it again.

Posted by Ryan on July 28, 2009 at 04:15 PM CEST #

@Ryan,

imports are supported. Sometimes you have use to choose "Fix Imports" from the context-menu. This works well.
I'm only missing some basics refactorings...

regards,

adam

Posted by Adam Bien on July 28, 2009 at 05:35 PM CEST #

@Raju,

absolutely - 6.7.1 is lot better. I just miss the refactorings. It should be possible -> Netbeans 6.7 comes with amazing ruby refactorings, so why not Java FX?

regards,

adam

Posted by Adam Bien on July 28, 2009 at 05:37 PM CEST #

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