Usage of Toolkit firePulse

Dr. Michael Paus mp at
Thu Sep 24 09:06:37 UTC 2015

I wasn't aware of this Toolkit method when I wrote the mail you are 
referring to. Can you or anybody
else explain what this method exactly does. It sounds indeed as if I 
could solve some problems with
it although I am not sure yet and of course only if Jonathan does not 
block it in the future :-)

Am 24.09.15 um 09:31 schrieb Fisher, Robert:
> I think it would be great to have in the public API. It looks like it would allow you to spread large UI updates out over several pulses in a well-defined way.
> See also this post from a month or so ago:
>> Hi,
>> I want to do some performance tuning of a JavaFX application of mine but before
>> I can start with that I have to learn a little bit about the scene graph redraw handling.
>> Maybe there is someone on this list who can help me there.
>> What I want to achieve is a super smooth animation (movement) of my scene graph.
>> Let's assume the scene graph itself can be redrawn fast enough in less than 1/60s.
>> In addition let's assume the scene graph contains a canvas which only has to be updated from
>> time to time but an update of the canvas takes substantially longer.
>> Let's say it takes 1s.
>> When an update of the canvas is in progress will this delay the next pulse until all internal
>> drawing within the canvas is finished? From my observations I think so.
>> If I submit my drawing calls to the canvas in smaller chunks via Platform.runLater calls will
>> these also delay the next pulse or will the execution of these calls be delayed in favor of the
>> scene graph update?
>> I hope my goal has become clear. I would like to be able to spread the update of the canvas over
>> several scene graph redraw cycles so that an animation of the canvas stays smooth although the
>> content builds up more slowly.
>> Michael
> -----Original Message-----
> From: openjfx-dev [mailto:openjfx-dev-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jonathan Giles
> Sent: Donnerstag, 24. September 2015 01:49
> To: openjfx-dev at
> Subject: Usage of Toolkit firePulse
> Hi all,
> Today I am keen to get your help on understanding use of the
> Toolkit.getToolkit().firePulse() private API. If you could spare a few minutes to grep your source directory for any usage of 'firePulse', and email me your findings, that would be really interesting.
> As a gentle motivational tool I'll conclude by saying that, surprisingly, this private API is barely used inside the openjfx production code. If you look at the openjfx unit tests, it is used massively. The question is - how much is this being used by other community members. If the answer is 'not much' or less, then this private API may not be made public in JDK 9. Your feedback therefore is critical!
> Thanks,
> -- Jonathan

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