Poll Result: JavaFX 2.0 Beta Attracts Modest Level of Interest
The results of the most recent java.net poll suggest that the JavaFX 2.0 Beta release is drawing mixed reviews from the developer community. A total of 58 votes were cast, and the voters posted seven comments. The exact poll question and results were:
Do you intend to experiment with the JavaFX 2.0 Beta Release?
- 14% (8 votes) - I'm already working with it
- 17% (10 votes) - I've downloaded it, but haven't yet experimented much
- 14% (8 votes) - I intend to download JavaFX 2.0 Beta soon
- 12% (7 votes) - I'll wait for the JavaFX 2.0 final release
- 21% (12 votes) - I have no interest in JavaFX
- 12% (7 votes) - I don't know
- 10% (6 votes) - Other
These numbers are pretty unusual among java.net polls: no response option garnered more than 21% of the cast votes.
Doing some summing, about 45% of the voters have downloaded JavaFX 2.0 Beta, or plan to do so soon. Another 12% might eventually download the Beta (they selected the "I don't know" option). And 12% plan to download JavaFX 2.0 when the final release comes out. So, we can say that about 70% of the voters expressed some interest in JavaFX 2.0.
On the other hand, 21% said "I have no interest in JavaFX," and 10% selected "Other." The seven comments were likely posted by people who selected one of these options.
mclarke4 stated the complaint against the current JavaFX in his representative comment:
I was using JavaFX before but since there is no plan for a Linux release in the final version what is the point? JavaFX certainly won't be cross-platform so whats the point of using it unless you want to be locked in to a platform?
Among many developers, this remains a key problem for JavaFX. The JavaFX 2.0 Beta System Requirements page shows that JavaFX 2.0 is a Windows-only framework at present. It's not clear if support of Mac and Linux is upcoming. For example, a search of the JavaFX 2.0 Roadmap turns up no mention of Mac or Linux.
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