Where to ask/discuss questions about using JavaFX

Johan Vos johan.vos at gluonhq.com
Tue Aug 13 11:06:26 UTC 2019


Recently, the question has raised again about what tool should be used by
JavaFX developers to discuss the *usage* (patterns etc) of JavaFX (not the
JavaFX Platform development itself).

There are a number of technologies facilitating discussions.
Many people ask questions on StackOverflow, and many answer questions.
However, we do not control the moderation of SO, and it's also not a great
environment for discussions.

The OpenJFX mailinlists and the issue trackers are great for discussions,
but those should be limited to the JavaFX platform itself (i.e. not for
asking best patterns for layout etc).

This leads us to the question where such discussions (between JavaFX
developers) should take place. There are a number of options:
1. A mailinglist (e.g. this one, openjfx-discuss, or another one)
2. Keep it on Stackoverflow
3. Gitter
4. A Slack channel
5. IRC
6. ?

Since this is a discussion that comes back every now and then, it would be
good to centralize the pro's and con's of the different options, and
hopefully even to come to a conclusion.

Note that this is not about an "official" JavaFX developer discussion
forum. We just need a pragmatic approach where developers can discuss their
questions and suggestions.
While it is possible and very welcome of course for OpenJFX committers to
be active in these discussions as well, it should mainly be driven by
JavaFX developers.

- Johan

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