NetBeans RCP und JavaFX Tutorial - English

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NetBeans RCP und JavaFX Tutorial - English

Beitrag von smurfi » 13.08.2013, 11:31

I have decided my tutorial NetBeans RCP and JavaFX also be set to English for disposal. The German version can be find here

This here is a beginners tutorial on JavaFX NetBeans RCP and explains it step by step as NetBeans and JavaFX can be used together.

First we create a new Netbeans Project 'File' -> 'New Project'
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From the categories choose ''NetBeans Platform Application', you find it under 'Categories' -> 'NetBeans Modules'
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Now assign a 'Project Name', I use 'JavaFX-Application', but you can also use anything else.
For this example it is easier you use the same name.
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When you click 'Finish' it also looking like this
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Next, we need to add a new module, this is done by right-clicking at 'Modules' -> 'Add New'.
I used here as a 'Project name' - 'JavaFX', the rest we leave unchanged.
By clicking on 'Next' it goes to the 'Basic Module Configuration'
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Click on 'Finish' and the basic skeleton of a NetBeans RCP application is done, you can already start while [F6], but does not make as much sense at this point.
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Next, we integrate JavaFX in our RCP project that we do as we choose with a right click on 'Modules' 'Add a New Library'.
In the following window, the JavaFX jar file is then selected.
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In my Windows7 it is under 'C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_25\jre\lib\jfxrt.jar' to find, otherwise you can also just search for the 'jfxrt.jar'.
The next screen can be left as is
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Now specify the 'Code Name Base' and press 'Finish'.

In the module 'JavaFX' we must add a dependency for the previously added module.
This we click with the right mouse button on 'JavaFX' and go to 'Properties'.
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Now 'Libraries' -> 'Add Dependency' and the modules 'jfxrt' select and finish with 'OK'.
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In the NetBeans Project view click with the right mouse button on 'de.mkroll-javafx'
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and go to 'New' -> 'Window'
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Under 'Window Position' we choose 'editor' and let rest as unchanged.
In the window that still a 'Class name prefix' specify 'icon' I just let empty, and conclude with 'Finish'.
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Next, we create a JavaFX page, I use JavaFX Scene Builder in a preview version.
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After starting the JavaFX Scene Builder is actually already directly a page that you can use, here we choose from the Library a label field and drag it onto the sheet.
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This we now save directly to the directory where our 'EditorWindowTopComponent' is.
What we need to do now is create us a 'controller class', NetBeans does not support this yet so we have to do it themselves in an RCP application.
For this we create a class 'JavaFXPageController' in the same package, it should now look something like this
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Now we change the 'JavaFXPageController' class as follows and save it.

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package de.mkroll.javafx;

import java.util.ResourceBundle;
import javafx.fxml.Initializable;

 * @author mkroll
public class JavaFXPageController implements Initializable { 

    public void initialize(URL url, ResourceBundle rb) {
Next, we still fit our 'EditorWindowTopComponent', so this opens directly our JavaFX Page.
We make now the following changes to our 'EditorWindowTopComponent', whereby 'init ()' and 'create scene' added.

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public final class EditorWindowTopComponent extends TopComponent {
    private JavaFXPageController controller;
    private JFXPanel fxPanel;
    public EditorWindowTopComponent() {
        setLayout(new BorderLayout());
     * JavaFX init
    public void init() {
        fxPanel = new JFXPanel();
        add(fxPanel, BorderLayout.CENTER);
        Platform.runLater(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {

     * Create JavaFX scene
    private void createScene() {
        try {
            URL location = getClass().getResource("/de/mkroll/javafx/JavaFXPage.fxml");
            FXMLLoader fxmlLoader = new FXMLLoader();
            fxmlLoader.setBuilderFactory(new JavaFXBuilderFactory());
            Parent root = (Parent) fxmlLoader.load(location.openStream());
            Scene scene = new Scene(root);
            controller = (JavaFXPageController) fxmlLoader.getController();
        } catch (IOException ex) {
Now we have the JavaFXPage still make known our controller class
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If we have now saved everything we should be able to start our application.
Our editor window will be find in the menu under 'Window' -> 'Editor Window'

That was the first part of my little introduction of JavaFX and NetBeans RCP.
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