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Danilo ANRIA1,571 Points
Regarding how much of this should I try to memorize
I took a course and html and css a while back. That was the moment where I realized that I was not good at design and that I wanted to worry about making things work. Here is my question. Should I spend time on trying to memorize the fxml code and css or is it enough to simply understand what is going on when I look at it and knowing what does what.
This won't help with design (fonts, colors, animations, etc), but you can use SceneBuilder to drag-and-drop your interface and it will generate your FXML file for you. The benefit of SceneBuilder is that you can see your changes in real-time without recompiling. SceneBuilder also has tons of built-in components like Accordion Menus and various charts for displaying data.
IntelliJ has built-in support for SceneBuilder as well (right click on your FXML file and select "Open in SceneBuilder").
Oracle stopped developing SceneBuilder, so another company, Gluon, has taken over development.
You can download it here: http://gluonhq.com/products/scene-builder/