New User Interface for JFX Central, the Home for All JavaFX Information – Part 1September 18, 2023
Just like Foojay is the starting place for all info related to Java, JFX Central is the place to be for all JavaFX info. The website is a project started by Dirk Lemmermann and has been online since 2021. The team has expanded since then, and the content has been extended, partially by the team, but also thanks to many contributors from the JavaFX community. End of August, a new user interface was published to replace the initial version.
The JFX Central project is unique in a few ways.
First and foremost, it's a complete JavaFX project running in the browser. Thanks to JPro, the JavaFX application is presented to the visitors as a plain HTML website. But the same source code is also used to provide a desktop application packaged with Hydraulic.
Both the site/app source code, and all the jfxcentral-data are available on GitHub, so anyone can contribute and see how the project is built. This same GitHub data is also fetched by the website and app, so no databases or complicated hosting services are needed.
JFX Central Content
The homepage provides links to the GitHub projects of JFX Central and its data, but also to the latest download of the desktop application version, and a page providing more information about OpenJFX Project, the open source project behind JavaFX. Furthermore, this page links to randomly selected highlights of the website's various sections and the most recent "Links Of The Week."
The Resources section of the JFX Central website contains an overview of libraries, tools, videos, books, blogs, tips, tutorials, and icons. All related to JavaFX.
The icons are a new part of version 2 of JFX Central, allowing you to search and explore many icon packs.
The Community section gives you more info about the people and companies in the JavaFX community. This is also the place where you can find all the previous Links Of The Week and the team involved in the JFX Central project.
Head over to the Showcases section to find real-world applications based on JavaFX. This section doesn't aim to be an overview of all available applications but a summary of uses in different markets, industries, use cases, etc.
The Documentation section is also a new addition to version 2 of JFX Central. The goal is to provide links to various sources that explain how to start with JavaFX and related topics.
The Downloads section contains a mix of libraries and apps with a direct link to the available downloads.
This section shows the power (and a bit of its weakness) of JFX Central, as it is up to the tool's creators to keep the download links up-to-date.
The search box helps you to jump to the correct section of the website for all the different parts of the content.
JFX Central is a continuously evolving website and application.
In part 2 of this post, you'll meet some of the people behind the JFX Central project...