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Welcome to Pivot ================ Apache Pivot is a platform for building rich internet applications in Java. It combines the enhanced productivity and usability features of a modern RIA toolkit with the robustness of the industry-standard Java platform. Like most modern development platforms, Pivot provides a comprehensive set of foundation classes that together comprise a "framework". These classes form the building blocks upon which more complex and sophisticated applications can be built. Pivot classes are grouped into the following categories and distributed in their associated libraries: Distribution JARs ================= * Core (pivot-core-2.0.2.jar): A set of common, non-UI-specific classes. * WTK (pivot-wtk-2.0.2.jar): Classes for user interface development, including windows, dialogs, buttons, lists, text input, layout, drag and drop, XML markup, etc. * WTK Terra Theme (pivot-wtk-terra-2.0.2.jar): The default WTK theme provider for Pivot, responsible for the look & feel of the user interface components. * Web (pivot-web-2.0.2.jar): Classes to facilitate communication with remote data services. * Web Server (pivot-web-server-2.0.2.jar): Classes to facilitate implementation of server-side data services. * Charting (pivot-charts-2.0.2.jar): Classes for adding interactive charting capabilities to Pivot applications. To begin developing with Pivot, simply include the necessary libraries on your project classpath. NOTE Pivot uses the streaming API for XML (StAX) to load and process WTKX source files. Like many APIs in the JDK, StAX uses a service discovery mechanism to locate and instantiate an appropriate parser. When deploying Pivot applications in a web browser, this may incur unnecessary requests to the web server. The service resolution process looks on the classpath for an appropriate service descriptor file; since an applet's classpath also contains its codebase, the JRE will look for this file on the web server if it is not found in an archive JAR. Such requests can have a noticeable impact on runtime performance, especially for slow or unresponsive web servers. As a result, it is recommended that all Pivot applications deployed via the web set the codebase_lookup applet parameter to false. Distribution WARs ================= Pivot also includes web archives for browsing the Pivot tutorial and demo applications. The source for those applications can be found in the source distribution. Dependencies ============ * Pivot requires Java 6 or greater. * Pivot's charting components require a compatible chart provider. No such provider is included in this release, but one is available here: http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-jfree/ Version 2.0 of this provider is compatible with Pivot 2.0.x. Please note that this provider has a dependency on JFreeChart, which is licensed under LGPL. * SVG support requires SVG Salamander, which is licensed under a dual LGPL/BSD license and is available here: http://java.net/projects/svgsalamander/ * Scripting support requires a compatible script engine. See http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=223 or http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/scripting/index.html for more information. Documentation ============= Pivot home page: http://pivot.apache.org/ Demos: http://pivot.apache.org/demos/ Tutorials: http://pivot.apache.org/tutorials/ Javadoc: http://pivot.apache.org/2.0.2/docs/api/