As a Java developer who wrote his first Applet some ten years ago, I kind of find it hard to swallow when IT journalists say things like "Sun has discovered RIA's four years late".
I've got news for you pal, Sun discovered RIA's back in 1995.
What about Adobe Air? huh! don't make me laugh, I've been using Webstart for many, many years now.
Now Applets are not cool, their is no way to get around that, but they were RIA technology version 1.0 or maybe even version 0.9 and it's true that Flash and Silverlight are definitely version 2.0.
It's also true that JavaFX in terms of features doesn't bring too many new things to the table.
But is that a bad thing? There are so many reasons why JavaFX is a good thing. consider the following: