Jerry Stuckle <>
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:33:54 -0500
On 1/25/2015 1:03 PM, Jeff Higgins wrote:

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) {

Which is NOT the same - but you're too stoopid to understand that.

Trolls are like that, however.

So even this code - which is much more complicated than
JButton.setPressedIcon() - doesn't do the same thing.

Jeff, all you're doing is further making a fool of yourself. And after
your previous updates, that's pretty hard to do.

Remove the "x" from my email address
Jerry Stuckle

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