Wednesday, January 05, 2005

IBM Releases v1.1 of Reflexive User Interface

IBM Releases v1.1 of Reflexive User Interface

Version 1.1 of IBM's RIB (Reflexive User Interface) builder includes Eclipse SWT GUI validation, along with the ability to create Java source for GUIs made by RIB.

Recent updates to IBM's RIB (Reflexive User Interface) builder include the capacity to validate Eclipse SWT GUIs, create Java source for GUIs made by RIB, and embed Java source code in RIB documents.

The application creates and renders graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for Java Swing and Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) based on a descriptive XML document. IBM Reflexive User Interface Builder is a specification for a mark-up language in which to describe GUIs; and an engine for creating and, rendering them.

The application can be used as a stand-alone application for testing and evaluating basic GUI layout and functionality, or it can be used as a library within the context of a Java application for creating and rendering GUIs for that application.

IBM released the GUI rendering tool last July. It was designed to improve application developed by making coding of GUI's in Java easier and less error prone. Using RIB, developers can test and evaluate basic GUI layout and functionality, or to create and render GUIs for an application.

Before, hand coding was the only method that could be used. Using a markup language to specify GUIs provides another means of validating properties illustrating the relations between components.

Version 1.1 expands application development, in the process making Eclipse a more attractive platform. Moreover, more-sophisticated GUIs consisting of several panes in a javax.swing can be created.

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Related links:
http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/rib
http://today.java.net/pub/n/RUIBUpdate
http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=30772




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