... and given the discussions in the threads Silverlight on the Desktop
and Flex vs. Silverlight
, it looks like Sun is diving deep(er) into the rich Internet application fray. Talk about confusing!
This preview release of the JavaFX SDK piqued my interest, as a present project I am working on may use Java Web Start for deploying a small application that will live on the end-user's computers. After deployment, this application needs to run irrespective of Internet connection, and needs to run in a secure sandbox. I would like to be able to deploy updates with ease, and so Java Web Start sounded good.
But I read somewhere that with JavaFX, it will become possible to drag an Applet off of a web page and right on to the desktop.
Kinda makes you go, "Hmm..."
But given the penetration of Flex? Don't think I could ever go with Silverlight? Hmm...