Jakarta Newsletter

Issue: 8

Date: March 2003

Url: http://jakarta.apache.org/site/news/200303.html

Status: CLOSED



Editor: Nicola Ken Barozzi

Donated code has been integrated in CVS, and now Alexandria generates:

For more details, see the site [1] and the CVS [2] or look at the initial sample doc generation done for Apache Cocoon [3].

[1] http://jakarta.apache.org/alexandria/

[2] http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs/jakarta-alexandria/

[3] http://cvs.apache.org/~nicolaken/whiteboard/alexandria-docs/xml-cocoon/


Editor: Christopher Lenz

It's now been over half a year since the last stable release of Cactus, a framework for unit-testing server-side Java code. However, that doesn't mean that the project has become less active, quite the contrary. With Christopher Lenz and Julien Ruaux two new committers have joined the game.

The focus for the next release of Cactus (which should be coming rather soon - honestly) has been on ease of use. In the past, it had often been quite hard to integrate Cactus in a development environment, be it an IDE or an automated build system based on Ant. The upcoming release of Cactus will provide custom Ant tasks that can transparently run tests on a variety of containers, as well as a plugin for the Eclipse IDE that extends the existing JUnit runner with the capability of running In-Container tests.

Other enhancements include:

For more details, see the full feature list [1] and the list of changes [2].

[1] http://jakarta.apache.org/cactus/features.html

[2] http://jakarta.apache.org/cactus/changes.html

Commons CLI

Editor: John Keyes

CLI has been redesigned and as such the next general release will be 2.0. The initial implementation of the redesign is not yet in CVS so user comments and feedback have not been gathered yet. More information will be posted to the mailing lists when appropriate.

Commons Codec

Editor: Tim O'Brien

The initial release of Commons Codec 1.1 was release. Commons Codec contains original phonetic encoders, a Hex encoder, and a Base64 encoder integrated from xmlrpc and Commons HttpClient both of which were derived from original source code in Catalina. Codec 1.1 is mostly RFC 2045 and will be followed up shortly with release 1.1.1 to bring the project into full compliance with RFC 2045. This project is currently seeking input on which stream oriented Base64 encoder to integrate into a 1.2 release - please send suggestions to the Commons developer mailing list.

Commons File Upload

Editor: Martin Cooper

File Upload has gone through some significant changes recently. The code base has been overhauled to address several outstanding bug reports, as well as provide a much more solid base for customization. At the same time, real documentation has been added that addresses a large majority of uses of the File Upload component. A 1.0 Beta 2 release is anticipated as soon as the few outstanding bug reports are addressed.

User feedback would be very much appreciated.

Commons Betwixt

Editor: Robert Burrell Donkin

In the last couple of months betwixt has been slowly moving forwards. Bugs were fixed and the following functionality added: setter for encoding when writing beans, support for reading composite map entries, support for specifying custom updater in the .betwixt file and suport for writing mixed content.

Recently, there's been more from developers (which is good to see):

http://mail-archives.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=commons-dev@jakarta.apache.org&msgId=698963 http://mail-archives.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=commons-dev@jakarta.apache.org&msgId=697486

Hopefully they'll be more of the infamous refactoring happening soon - there's even a wiki page for those brave souls that feel like contributing some design wisdom.

Commons Digester

Editor: Robert Burrell Donkin

April saw the release of a new Digester release. This was rushed out to fix a backwards compatibility issue with 1.4.x. So, the release notes contains pretty much all the Digester activity for March and April.

There are some exciting developments (probably) coming up in the near future including support for some validation:


and also Digester plugins (which allow the digestion to be specified in the xml to be read in!).

Commons Beanutils

Editor: Robert Burrell Donkin

Slow but steady progress for BeanUtils. Bugs fixed - the number of bug reports and requests for enhancements is impressive and it takes time to process them with the quality that's required - but please keep them coming. We've been moving towards beanification of BeanUtils - creating proper classes that provide the functionality behing the static utility classes. This will allow different instances which can have their properties set and convertors registered just for that instances rather than globally.


Editor: Mark Womack

A new book on log4j entitled "The complete log4j manual", { { { ISBN 2-9700369-0-8 } } }, authored by fellow log4j committer, Ceki Gülcü, has been published early March. The book is available directly from the author and in select bookshops throughout the world [0].

Development for the 1.3 version of log4j continues.

[0] https://www.qos.ch/shop/products/clm_t.jsp

[1] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=log4j-dev&m=104434069306491&w=2

[2] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104807258400001&r=1&w=2

[3] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104796062500002&r=1&w=2

[4] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104814323200003&r=1&w=2

[5] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104852956700007&r=1&w=2

[6] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104982383200011&r=1&w=2

[7] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104921701700001&r=1&w=2

[8] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104916699700002&r=1&w=2

[9] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=105052349500005&r=1&w=2

10 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=log4j-dev&m=105155769912213&w=2

11 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=105126865600001&r=1&w=2


Editor: Otis Gospodnetic

Lucene is preparing for building of 1.3 RC1. We are just waiting for one or two more contributions to be checked into the CVS repository.

This month Lucene received a bug fix that was causing certain failures on Windows JVMs, due to a bug in java.io.File's renameTo (File) method. The fix came from Matt Tucker of Jive Software [1]. Tatu Saloranta refactored QueryParser, making it much easier to extend and provide custom query parsing behaviour. [2]

For those who want to learn more about idexing text with Lucene, a new article on that subject has been published on Onjava.com. [3]

[1] http://mail-archives.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=lucene-dev@jakarta.apache.org&msgId=657670

[2] http://mail-archives.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=lucene-dev@jakarta.apache.org&msgId=651229

[3] http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2003/03/05/lucene.html

POI Newsletter


[1] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17491

[2] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17373

[3] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17411

[4] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104592698900003&r=1&w=4

[5] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17208

[6] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104569344200001&r=1&w=4

[7] http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17222

[8] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=poi-dev&m=104569323406383&w=4

[9] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104466539000001&r=1&w=4

10 http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=15019

11 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=104453771000003&r=1&w=4

12 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=poi-dev&m=104452985604298&w=4




Editor: Martin Cooper

Struts is currently in a holding pattern, awaiting final releases of all its Commons dependencies. A previous dependency on Commons DBCP, and hence Commons Pool, has been removed by reverting to the generic data source used in earlier versions of Struts. The one oustanding dependency is on Commons File Upload. It is anticipated that Struts 1.1 RC2 will be released shortly after a File Upload final release.


Editor: Howard M. Lewis Ship

The Tapestry project is quickly coming together as a Jakarta project. The final release of Tapestry 2.3 was released at the end of February [1] and work on the radically improved 3.0 release is surging towards an initial beta release in the near future. Neil Clayton is working on a revised and improved Tutorial and Howard Lewis Ship is squeezing in some time to write an improved User's Guide. Tapestry is now building under Gump. A vote on Tapestry's acceptance as a full-fledged Jakarta project is currently in progress, with all indications of a succesful outcome.

Meanwhile, new committer David Solis has been providing bug fixes, a suite of WML components, and documentation. Tapestry is really thriving under the Jakarta banner!

[1] http://jakarta.apache.org/site/news.html#20030227.1

Turbine A servlet based framework that allows experienced Java developers to quickly build secure web applications.

Editor: Eric Pugh, Chris Chew

The Turbine team is rapidly driving towards the initial beta release of 2.3!

Turbine has seen extensive refactoring over the last two months. Notable changes include:

See changelog for a complete list of enhancements

Additionally a new documentation project is being kicked off by Chris Chew[1] as well as talks of possibly a new logo.

[1] http://mail-archives.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=turbine-user@jakarta.apache.org&msgNo=14762

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