JavaFX SDK 1.0 will be released tomorrow, December 4th, 2008, so while we're waiting I thought you might want to learn more about the history of JavaFX and the "contrarian mind" behind it.
Al Riske wrote an excellent piece in Sun's "Contrarian Minds" series in which he interviewed Chris Oliver, delving into Chris' background and his role in founding JavaFX. By the way, Chris is the guy on the left in the picture above, presenting JavaFX with Dr. Gosling :-)
Chris said in the article about teamwork: "It's about people coming together and thinking that, by assisting each other, supporting each other, it's going to be beneficial. Everything we do, we do for selfish reasons, but when you're part of a team you realize that what's best for you is for the overall team to be successful."
Playing off of Chris' teamwork comment, I'd like to acknowledge and thank the people, both within Sun and in the open JavaFX community, that have been involved in moving JavaFX forward to the ready-for-launch state it is in today. I'd also like to give you fair warning that on December 4th I'll begin a series in this blog in which we'll use the shiny new JavaFX SDK 1.0 to create a JavaFX application from the ground up. We'll involve an expert graphics designer (Mark Dingman of Malden Labs) so that it looks cool as well :-)