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

Joe McGlynn joe.mcglynn at oracle.com
Mon Aug 20 07:22:59 PDT 2012

Yes, in the same way there is no support for running a "Swing 8.0" application in an older JRE.

I'd expect that FX 8 will take advantage of new APIs in JDK 8, but the larger view is that it's very expensive to have one version of FX be supported across multiple JRE releases.  Better to spend that effort on new features.  Having FX not part of the JRE leads to a lot of compatibility and usability problems.  It's perhaps easier for developers, but for end users of FX applications -- not so much.

My preference would be that auto update would support "patch in place" with the weekly beta update promotions.  That way you don't have to worry about grabbing the new bits every week, and the download is only the delta.  That's not a perfect solution of course as a regression in a weekly update could cause you to uninstall and re-install an older release.  Thoughts?

On Aug 20, 2012, at 6:49 AM, "Dr. Michael Paus" <mp at jugs.org> wrote:

> 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?

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