Pivot 1.0: Here it is!
The Pivot development team is happy to announce the release of Pivot 1.0. Pivot is an open-source framework for building high-quality, cross-platform applications that are deployable both via the web and to the desktop. It began as an R&D effort at VMware but has now been made available to the community as an option for developers who want to build rich internet (RIA) applications in Java.
This release includes a number of improvements over the preview release announced in June, many of which were proposed or built by developers who joined the project after the initial announcement:
- A new, optimized WTKX loader that uses StAX rather than DOM to parse the XML source
- A new package supporting visual effects and animated transitions
- Improved localization support that allows developers to define resources using hierarchical, UTF-8 based JSON files rather than flat, ISO 8859 Java properties files
- New components:
- Menus, menu bars, and menu buttons
- Mac OSX-like property sheets
- Google Maps-like panorama-style scroll panes
- Floating tool palette windows
- A new charting library based on JFreeChart that is fully integrated with Pivot's data model classes
- Support for custom color schemes in the default "Terra" look and feel package
- "Pivot Explorer", a Firebug-like debugging tool
- Improved documentation
- Numerous bug fixes and performance improvements
Pivot 1.0 can be downloaded from its new home at pivot-toolkit.org. This site will be the source for all future Pivot-related announcements and information.
References to Earlier Pivot Articles on Javalobby:
- Interview: Greg Brown & Todd Volkert from the Pivot Framework
- Pivot: A Practical Example, Part 1 - UI Markup Using WTKX
- Pivot: A Practical Example, Part 2 - Event Handling
- Pivot: A Practical Example, Part 3 - Web Queries
- Pivot: A Practical Example, Part 4 - Data Binding
- Pivot: A Practical Example, Part 5 - Localization