Chapter 4

Setting the Stage and Scene Layout

In This Chapter

arrow Looking at some useful methods of the Stage and Scene classes

arrow Alternating scenes within a single stage

arrow Displaying additional stages as message and confirmation boxes

arrow Discovering the proper way to exit a JavaFX program

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend

The brightest heaven of Invention,

A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

So begins William Shakespeare’s play Henry V, and so also begins this chapter, in which I explore the various ways to manipulate the appearance of a JavaFX application by manipulating its stage and its swelling scenes.

Specifically, you read important details about the Stage class and the Scene class so that you can control such things as whether the window is resizable and if so, whether it has a maximum or a minimum size. You also read how to coerce your programs into displaying additional stages beyond the primary stage, such as an alert or confirmation dialog box. And finally, you read the proper way to end a JavaFX program by handling the events ...

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