I am now using JSON for storing item and configuration data. Was simple enough to setup and works well enough. I prefer to use JSON over XML since it is a lot cleaner and simpler to work with.
Other than that, I threw together some basic radial UI, using the Daikon Forge UI package. It has some cool animations also, but I am still to produce the 3 images that go into those three circles.
Hooking the menu items to their correct functions is next, such as turning on the command shell and other cute procedures.
Will continue again tomorrow.