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So, Sun have announced JavaFX at JavaNetBeansOne this year. Strangely, the name was better with Form Follows Function, or F3 as it was previously known.

I realise that Flash has been kicking Sun's butt in the web space for some time, and that the announcement of Flex has probably got them worried. And it doesn't help that Microsoft has timed their Silverlight release admirably. But they've gone around it completely the wrong way.

Instead of adding more bloatware to the JVM, what about removing some of it? Or getting a modular VM, like Harmony provides? Instead, we've got another random acronym with Java on the front (think: JavaScript, but even less related). And to take the piss, you've got to have a full JRE downloaded on the client to even consider running any JavaFX code. So, that's 15Mb for the JRE, and another 10Mb to get the JavaFX code (well, the last one includes documentation too). Now compare this to the Adobe Flash player, which is a paltry 2Mb. Which would you prefer? And, in addition, wouldn't you prefer something that didn't require you to download the entire JRE every time someone creates a bugfix for a library you probably don't call anyway in the javax.midi package, or force you to restart your computer? (Not to mention the über-annoying update scheduler ...)

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