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

Dr. Michael Paus mp at jugs.org
Mon Aug 20 08:12:25 PDT 2012

Having read this I assume that the JavaFX sources will also be fully 
merged with the OpenJDK sources, so that you will have to build a full 
JDK (which does not seem to be such a trivial thing on Windows for 
example and would also not be identical to the official beta build) just 
in order to be able to try out a little bug fix or a new feature in 
JavaFX or would it be possible to build the JavaFX portion alone against 
the latest official JDK 8 beta?

Am 20.08.2012 16:04, schrieb Kevin Rushforth:
> 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

Dr. Michael Paus, Chairman of the Java User Group Stuttgart e.V. (JUGS).
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