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The Beryl XML GUI library was written to ease the development of
graphical user interfaces using Swing on Java. It lets you store user
interfaces as XML markup. This will help you avoid unnecessary
clutter in your source - Swing code mixed with application logic
can become a troublesome and hard to read mess as the application
size increases. The library comes with a visual component builder,
which makes development a breeze. The most important features are:
- It has a very easy syntax, makes designing a GUI as easy writing HTML
- Effectively removes all Swing UI construction code from your program,
resulting in a much more readable, maintainable and smaller codebase.
- Comes with its own visual GUI builder
(which, in turn, has been entirely written using the XML GUI)
- Almost all of the Swing widgets are supported
- Integrates with JavaHelp
- Supports Drag'n'Drop with much less effort
- Builtin internationalization
- Uses caching for improved performance
- Widgets are self-configuring with default values
- Validators can be attached to widgets, common validators are supplied
(Date, Number, Phone number, Email address ..)
- Spacings are automatically set to conform with the Java Look And Feel
- Automatic "Group" layout for easy construction of simple dialogs
- Embraces the MVC design pattern
- Ready for J2EE client applications (For example you can automatically
create a table row from a J2EE value object)
- Adds several much-needed custom swing components:
JWizard, JIconView, JConsole, JOutlookBar and JHorizontalSeparator
This library is actively used for the development of internal software
at a major German internet webspace provider (http://www.1und1.com).
After extensive development, this is the first official release. Download it here.
The mission of this project is to create a framework which makes the use
of the bare Swing API unnecessary. Any steps to further simplify the
construction of user interfaces will be taken. However, there will under
no circumstances be any simplifications which limit the underlying API.
This project will always stay under the liberal
license so that it can be used in commercial projects.
If you would like to participate in the development of this software, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you just
want to use it, you should probably subscribe to one or more of the mailing
lists in order to be informed about changes.