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(Disclaimer: I'm a Java developer since 1.0)

For the same reasons that Sun had no nice theme and no nice icons for 15 years for Swing applications (do they now?)

They are horrible thinking about desktop deployments, end users, marketing etc.

Surely that's just because the money is in backend business processes, rather than desktop stuff?

Then why even bother with Swing and desktop? Why then add JavaFX?

For mobile applications?

Maybe they're a bit late to the party if JavaFX is meant specifically for mobile applications. There are lots, literally tons of solutions out there, e.g. Appcelerator Titanium, PhoneGap, and others.

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