Metro apps

Pedro Duque Vieira pedro.duquevieira at
Mon Jan 7 14:02:25 PST 2013

Thanks for the replies.

My question was also on getting to know what needs to be done for metro
java apps to be a possibility and what can I do for that.

I agree windows rt should not be a priority. Android and ios should be much
higher on the priority list.

I currently have been skinning javafx to make controls feel and look like
metro and I would like to know what else needs to be done and whether this
is the correct way to have metro like controls in java.

What about other controls that are part of windows 8 API but not of the
JavaFX API like the toggle control, rating control, etc? Should we create
them through javafx like we create any other control? Or are there any
special system calls we need to make?
And the special controls like the app toolbar and charms? This ones will
probably be implemented through special system calls, right?
And what about the rest like windows 8 animations that are present by

Thanks, best regards,

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM, Daniel Zwolenski <zonski at> wrote:

> I wonder if Pedro's approach of simply "skinning" things to look Metro
> would be a good interim solution. So apps are deployed
> in compatibility mode but look somewhat windows8-like.
> Sounds like Jim already did a little of this. Perhaps there could be some
> collab/sharing with Pedro to support him developing this for the benefit of
> all.
> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM, Richard Bair <richard.bair at>wrote:
>> > Lately my messages have been ignored on this mailing list by the javafx
>> > team members.
>> Vacation ;-)
>> Long story short -- a port to WinRT would be that -- a full port,
>> considered something different than the windows port (which is in large
>> measure dependent on win32), largely due to limitations (such as JIT), and
>> the fact that it is a completely new stack that will just take time to get
>> to. As Nicolas mentioned, it isn't as high priority as Android and iOS, and
>> we don't have those ports available yet either ;-). So it will be a while
>> before we add it to our roadmap I would guess.

Pedro Duque Vieira

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