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After looking at some code sources out there I noticed Java Swing Games usually create a class implementing Runnable, create a new Thread and set up the game loop in the run() call.

But JavaFX games seem to simply extend from Application and run the game loop in a new AnimationTimer() { ... public void handle() ... }

What gives?

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Application is part of JavaFX and therefore can't be used without it and since a JavaFX app relies on the lifecycle of this class and JavaFX requires a class that extends Application, it would be impossible to not use it when creating programs with the library.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, an Animation Timer automatically registers with the JavaFX pulse system (which has a dafault rate of 60fps, can be changed though) so it does the loopinp, timing and sleeping for you. \$\endgroup\$ – Ignatiamus Apr 8 at 14:16

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