WORKALIKES (was: Returning to Java - have questions)

Jeff Higgins <jeff@invalid.invalid>
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:03:03 -0500
On 01/21/2015 11:06 PM, Jerry Stuckle wrote:

Hi, all

Well, I'm just getting back into java after about a 15 year hiatus. I
did a bunch of it back then, both SE and EE, but then got off on other

Now I want to get my fingers back into it and see massive changes. It's
going to take a log of getting used to.

For instance, I was looking at a game I wrote back then (nothing fancy -
just something to play with). With Swing it's very easy to change the
look of buttons by loading a new image, i.d. when the player presses the
button. It seems with fx the only way you can change the button when
it's pressed/not pressed is via css. While I guess there are advantages
to doing it this way, I haven't seen them yet. And I'd rather be able
to control the button looks myself.

So my first question is - are there events I can intercept to tell when
the button is pressed and when it is released? All I see so far is the
ACTION event.

And I'll also ask a short question with I suspect long (and very
subjective) answers. Which IDE do you like for developing Java apps,
and why? Most will be standalone gui apps for now. And please - I know
which IDE can be almost a religious discussion - let's not commit any
sins against other IDE's :)

Swing, and JavaFX classes that work alike.

import java.awt.EventQueue;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;

import javax.swing.ImageIcon;
import javax.swing.JButton;
import javax.swing.JFrame;

public class HellowSwing extends JFrame {

   public HellowSwing() {

     JButton btn = new JButton("HelloSwing");
     btn.setIcon(new ImageIcon("/home/jeff/bomb_fuse_unlit.png"));
     btn.setPressedIcon(new ImageIcon("/home/jeff/bomb_fuse_lit.png"));
     btn.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
       public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
           System.out.println("Button Clicked");
     setSize(300, 200);

   public static void main(String[] args) {

     EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
       public void run() {
         new HellowSwing().setVisible(true);


import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.beans.value.ChangeListener;
import javafx.beans.value.ObservableValue;
import javafx.event.ActionEvent;
import javafx.event.EventHandler;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Button;
import javafx.scene.image.ImageView;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class HelloFx extends Application {

   public void start(Stage primaryStage) {
     Button btn = new Button();
     btn.setGraphic(new ImageView("file:///home/jeff/bomb_fuse_unlit.png"));

     btn.armedProperty().addListener(new ChangeListener<Boolean>() {
       public void changed(ObservableValue<? extends Boolean> observable,
           Boolean oldValue, Boolean newValue) {
         if(oldValue == false && newValue == true) {
         if(oldValue == true && newValue == false){

     btn.setOnAction(new EventHandler<ActionEvent>() {
       @Override public void handle(ActionEvent e) {
           System.out.println("Button Clicked");

     StackPane root = new StackPane();

     Scene scene = new Scene(root, 300, 250);


   public static void main(String[] args) {

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