You'll want to install the Scene Builder software for Netbeans, which is linked to in the link Darryl gave you.
That's the GUI builder.
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I'm now just a bit confused. Is Scene Builder part of FX2? I already have installed the Java SDK with Netbeans. Is Scene Builder the only thing to add?
It interacts with Netbeans. Think of it as a plugin for the IDE so it can do GUI building for JavaFX.
The tutorial here would be a good start.
OK I have had a look at that and my mind is spinning! It all seems much more complicated than vb6 or even dot.net, where there are excellent GUIs. I am used to toolboxes with controls like buttons, text boxes and so on. It is so easy with those languages to build a good user-friendly screen and then to code for actions arising from each control. Is there a simpler alternative to this?
problems with custom JSpinner UI (Swing / AWT / SWT forum at JavaRanch)
JavaFX2 isn't open source, so customizing may not be quite as straightforward.
* edit: or, conversely, the same ActionListener to several buttons -- or text fields / menu items. This is specially useful with Actions for synchronizing the enabled state of buttons and menus without having to code it all up.
Key Binding is another very useful feature in Swing -- look it up in the Oracle tutorials. And last I looked at VB6, it didn't have layout managers. In VFP6, each time I added or removed a widget I would have to spend time updating the resized event code.
Remember, Java is supposed to function in the same way on multiple different platforms, so has to be more open than something like VB which has the advantage of plugging directly into the OS and short cutting some elements.