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The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) this week revealed plans to make Apache Pivot a Top-Level Project (TLP), as well as release version 4.0 of the technology, the fourth update of the platform for building rich Internet applications (RIA).
"Users have much higher expectations for Web applications now than they did 10 years ago," said Greg Brown, Chair of the Apache Pivot Project Management Committee (PMC) and Principal Consultant at Cantina Consulting. "This is why we're seeing tools like Flex and Silverlight beginning to gain traction, however, both of these require developers who are otherwise happy using Java to switch technologies. Pivot is an attempt to create a model, rich client development platform in Java."
Pivot brings to the table a set of standard user interface elements from buttons to editable tree and table controls. In addition, it includes an XML markup language to help with the development of modern GUI apps.
Apache Pivot 1.4, released under the Apache Software License v2.0, can be downloaded at http://pivot.apache.org/.
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