Apache Presses the Pedal on Java RIA Project
After being in development for three years, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has released version 1.4 of the open-source Rich Internet Application (RIA) framework technology, Apache Pivot. Pivot 1.4 is the fourth installation of the Java-based RIA toolkit. It will compete with other RIA’s such as Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight and Sun’s JavaFX.
- Swing: although it is possible to build RIA’s in Java using Swing, the number of advantages that Pivot has tilts the balance in favor of Pivot. The Swing toolkit has almost been banished into oblivion since Silverlight and Flex hit the markets.
- JavaFX: this is not a Java developer’s handy tool as it involves learning the JavaFX scripting language. The demographics of the two tool kits clarifies the differentiating factors. While JavaFX gives more weightage to visual enhancements Pivot centralizes on application building.