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Poll Result: JavaFX 2.0 Beta Attracts Modest Level of Interest

Posted by editor on June 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM PDT

The results of the most recent 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 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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