JHeatChart is a one class Java API for generating heat map charts that was created because very few charting APIs seem to contain the facility to create heat maps. It is not a full featured charting API and cannot be used to other charts. The generated charts are created as Java Image objects, which can be incorporated into a GUI or saved to a file.
The GUIShell project is a collection of utilities facilitating the use of the GTK+ toolkit in shell scripts through the gtkshell utility. The ACE configuration environment provides sample scripts utilizing gtkshell for desktop utilities. rootcat provides the ability to display messages to the root window using Xft, allowing one to write status display scripts.