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31 October 2008, 10:55

Sun "freezes" SwingX

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A posting on by Jeanette Winzenburg, one of the developers who worked on the SwingX project at SwingLabs, has revealed that Sun Microsystems froze funding to the project in July. SwingX was a set of extensions the Java's Swing UI toolkit which was LGPL licensed and included sorting, highlighting and filtering for tables, auto-completion, tree tables and other useful components.

The freezing of the project is seen by some as the result of Sun moving it's development resources to JavaFX development with one commenter pointing to how Sun has shut down or frozen a number of Swing-related projects, such as JSR 295, bean binding, and JSR 296, the Swing app framework and SwingLabs, which at the time of writing was responding with a down for maintenance message).

Sun has recently reported its Q1 2009 figures, posting a $1.67bn loss, and is in the process of laying off numerous employees. It appears that Swing development has been among one of the casualties within Sun.


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