SwingX the Swing component library from SwingLabs has released version 0.9.2. There are not too many major changes from version 0.9.1, however over 100 bugs have reportedly been fixed and a lot of deprecated code has been removed.
It is nice to see this project be active and get some momentum behind it. It appears that all of the efforts are now on code cleanup and refactoring as no new features or components are being accepted prior to SwingX 1.0 being released. I am guessing that the plan is to release 1.0 at JavaOne which is scheduled for the first week of May.
It would be nice to see some of SwingX components and features as well as features from other third party Swing component libraries such as Flamingo get migrated into the default Swing feature set in the Java 7 timeframe.
Any efforts made to make it easier for users to develop rich client user interfaces will pay off in the long run as it will lead to higher quality applications and make developers a lot more productive. As Rick Jelliffe points out, the old conservative WIMP interfaces which current Swing components are made for soon won’t cut it with developers or with users. There needs to be an evolution instead of stagnation of components if Swing is to survive as a viable UI option.