UI Design with Java and XML Toolkits - Luxor (Page 2 of 4 )
It would seem to be the next logical step for people that have comfortably used XUL to create add-ins for Mozilla or FireFox, or even mini desktop applications. Whereas XUL must mostly run within either browser, Luxor is an embedded XUL engine that is combined with Java to produce rich desktop applications, including the very popular LimeWire peer-to-peer program. Because specifying the user interface in XUL is so easy, constructing a functional and attractive interface can be done very quickly -- much quicker, and with greatly simplified code in fact than in writing the whole application in Java.
For those of you that aren't interested in learning Java, there is also Luxilla, which is a Luxor development environment you can use without knowing/coding a single line of Java. Luxor is free, open source and released under the GPL. A Luxor web site does exist, at http://luxor-xul.sourceforge.net/index.html, but don't expect anything more than a very basic site. There is little real information for anyone wanting to get started with Luxor, and no introductory tutorials that guide you through the installation process or use.
Luxor comes in the form of an executable .JAR file, much like most of Mozilla/FireFox, which contains the swing class files used to render the UI objects on screen. Luxor enthusiasm does seem to be at a low ebb at present, the latest distribution being around 18 months old. I have to admit, in the time I allocated to playing around with each of the Java XML toolkits I looked at, I didn't manage to get Luxor working at all.