Update on the JavaFX 8.0 (formerly 3.0) release in JDK8

Kevin Rushforth kevin.rushforth at oracle.com
Mon Aug 20 07:04:46 PDT 2012

Dr. Michael Paus wrote:
> Am 20.08.2012 15:25, schrieb Kevin Rushforth:
>> Second, weekly early access builds of JavaFX 8.0 will be available 
>> shortly as part of the weekly JDK 8 builds. We hope this will happen 
>> starting later this week.
> Does this mean that, in the future, we have to download and install a 
> complete new JDK every week instead
> of just downloading and unzipping a small JavaFX archive?

Yes, this is what it means.

> Does this also mean that there is no way to run a JavaFX 3.0 (aka 8.0) 
> application on top of a
> standard JRE 7?

Correct. This has been discussed before, but bears repeating:  Starting 
with JDK 8 / FX 8.0, JavaFX is only available and supported as part of 
the JDK. We will not support "mix and match" FX with an arbitrary JDK. 
Note that this is already the case for Mac and Linux builds. With FX 8 
it will also be the case for Windows builds.

Having said that, I expect that the FX 8 libraries will continue to run 
on JDK7 for a while, in some fashion, but this isn't something that you 
can rely upon, and certainly not something you can deploy. At some point 
during the development cycle it will probably stop working at all (e.g., 
when we start using Lambdas or rely on any other JDK8 feature).

-- Kevin

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