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Apache's War-Cry For Installable Internet Apps

The Apache Software Foundation has gone public with version 2.0 of its open source Apache Pivot platform. is provided for developers looking to build Installable Internet Applications (IIAs), which sit as client-side apps using the Internet as an oxygen pipe without the need for the constant presence of a browser.

Pivot is positioned as a professional-grade foundation for building and deploying sophisticated, visually engaging, cross-platform GUI applications and connected applications in Java or any other JVM language.

These IIA apps can be downloaded and installed in exactly the same way as traditional mobile or desktop applications. Apache says that Pivot is also the only truly open IIA framework driven entirely by the software development community.

Greg Brown, vice president of Apache Pivot, has gone on the record as saying that a simple example of an IIA is an email or Instant Messaging client: "A more sophisticated one is iTunes. Pivot and Java are a great alternative for building these types of applications, especially for projects that don't have the budget or resources to produce multiple OS-native versions."

Apache emphasizes that Pivot should be suitable for developers attempting to leverage the features of a GUI toolkit with Java or any Java Virtual Machine-compatible language — i.e. such as JavaScript, Groovy, or Scala. The new version 2.0 product comes with advancements in dynamic data binding and new support for CSS-like style classes as well as SVG images.

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