Programming can only be learned properly with continuous practice. When you work on a complete software project, you’ll have to understand how to put things together and how to implement data communication between various modules etc. So, I decided to share a complete javafx project development series.
I am publishing a series of tutorial videos on YouTube about developing a complete Library Management Software using JavaFX. This tutorial series start with basic designing and continue towards more complex programming like database integration, multi level user interface design, material design etc. I have tried my best to keep things as simple as possible.
Apache Derby database is used for storing member, book and other informations. Derby is a lightweight, purely java based relational database. It has common sql syntax. So you can get things done without any issues. I have used Scene Builder for designing user interfaces. Additionally CSS is used to get some nice effects for buttons, text fields etc.
For development, I am using NetBeans IDE with Scene Builder. Make sure that you have the latest java installed. Some of the libraries used in the project requires JDK 8u40 or better. So it is better to have the latest java version installed.
I hope you find this tutorial series useful. Learning component by component is a little tedious task. This set of videos will help you to understand how to coordinate various components together. You can find the source code of this application at GitHub. I have committed at the end of almost all tutorial videos so that you can find the exact code that i have used for explanation.
Moving to Material Design
Material design is an awesome concept. It defines a new method for designing and developing user interfaces across multiple platforms. For making this software materialistic, I have used JavaFX material design library named JFoenix. It provides built-in material design based components that can be easily styled with CSS.
The above image shows login screen from new design. There are only 3 colors and every components has it own padding and spacing. If you just give enough spacing for your components on the screen, it will tremendously improve the overall look.
- JFoenix – JavaFX Material Design Library
- Apache Derby – Standalone Relational database
- Apache Commons – For creating SHA hash
- GSon – JSON Library. Used for storing configuration
- FontawesomeFX – Icon library
I have recorded the complete development as tutorial. You can find them in the following PlayList. Subscribe to Genuine Coder YouTube channel for more tutorials in the future.