I just got to know to Pivot and I have to say, I love it. Pivot is a technology to create Java applets for RIA or desktop applications with the use of XML and/or code. When I write applications at home I don’t want waste time writing swing or applets myself. Pivot helps me designing the GUI with use of XML. It is that simple and the cool thing is that you can run it as a web page and a desktop application. An example of a Pivot XML (WTKX): After creating the XML, you can refer to the GUI components from the code. Actually the entire GUI can be built just from the code, but I like the XML way better. The application can be run from the IDE or can be referred from a web page as an applet. All you have to do is refer to the Pivot jars + your jar and give the full name of your application class you have created. The result: The Pivot web site contains loads of examples with the use of their components. download sample project for Eclipse but don’t forget also to download Pivot jars. See also Pivot website Continue reading Apache Pivot. Making Java GUI is easy.