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Poll Result: New JavaFX 1.3 UI and Performance Improvements Considered Most Important

Posted by editor on April 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM PDT

The voting in last week's poll about the new JavaFX 1.3 release suggests developers find the new user interface enhancements and performance improvements to be the most important enhancements in the new release. A total of 279 votes were cast, with the following results:

What is the most important enhancement in JavaFX 1.3?

  • 35% (97 votes) - New User Interface controls and layout enhancements
  • 3% (7 votes) - Enhanced CSS support
  • 9% (26 votes) - 3D support
  • 3% (9 votes) - TV application support
  • 23% (64 votes) - Performance improvements
  • 2% (6 votes) - Mobile app enhancements
  • 24% (66 votes) - I don't know
  • 1% (4 votes) - Other

No comments were posted to the poll, though four people voted "Other".

I'd guess that the high number of "I don't know" votes more reflects the fact that a lot of developers have never worked with JavaFX, than that they know JavaFX but don't have a view on the new 1.3 release.

It's interesting that "TV application support" received so few votes. This topic has received a lot of publicity in the past. But, TV applications in general seem to be being talked about a lot less today than was the case a few years ago.

I wonder if the reason "Mobile app enhancements" received so few votes is that developers are using JavaFX mostly for developing desktop applications? Or is it perhaps that it's more or less taken for granted that JavaFX is suitable for developing mobile apps? Or, that the changes in 1.3 related to mobile apps just aren't considered that important?

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