It has been a quiet month. Commons has killed on old component and welcomed a new one, while other components have kept up fixes, features and releases. Elsewhere there has been more discussion about the infrastructure and community at Apache, and an attempt to be helpful to those developers using IDEs
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"Ideas, suggestions, and comments on the overall Jakarta project"
Editor: Rob Oxspring
Andrew Oliver decided to do something about the Java developers who "cut their teeth" on IDEs and don't understand the intricacies of the command line tools that are used under the hood. The page  was welcomed by many and was rapidly expanded  and should hopefully be a resource useful to a wide range of developers.
"Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool"
Editor: Stefan Bodewig, Conor MacNeill
The biggest news in Ant land is that Ant has been promoted to a top-level project at the board meeting in November. Much of the discussion on ant-dev has been centered around the proposed board resolution, the formation of the initial PMC and similar issues during the last months. [1,2,3]
While Ant is leaving the oversight of the Jakarta PMC with this move, Ant's committers are not necessarily leaving the Jakarta community, many of us will still be around and contribute where we see fit.
After the release of Ant 1.5.1 at the beginning of October, we've kept on fixing smaller bugs in the 1.5 branch, so a 1.5.2 release is getting more likely. At the same time, development in the HEAD branch is picking up momentum again as we start adding new features and experiment with some stuff. [4,5]
The Ant GUI, Antidote, is being revived and discussions are getting underway on the Ant-dev mailing list. If anyone wants to get involved in this project, they are most welcome
"creating and maintaining reusable Java components"
Editor: Henri Yandell
November saw the release of two new projects from Jakarta Commons, and the release of a bugfix for another project.
Commons Validator 1.0 was mentioned in the previous newsletter. It was released on November 1st and is a validation framework from the Struts people.
Commons CLI 1.0 was released on the 6th of November and is an API for parsing command line arguments. It is the direct descendant of 3 older argument parsing APIs and other APIs have affected it over mail list discussions. This gives it a very high pedigree and makes it a great choice for handling the command line.
Commons Lang 1.0.1 is the first bugfix release for the Lang project. There are no new APIs or deprecated functionality, so all Commons Lang users are advised to upgrade, although the bugfixes are not earth-shattering.
November was quiet for Commons, as it was for all of Apache. Indeed, the Commons mail list dropped by 35%.
The Patterns project in the Sandbox has been mothballed as its code is to go into Commons Lang and Commons Util. Work has begun on moving the BeanUtils reflection code over to Commons Lang and various BeanUtils bugs were dealt with.
A new database utility project has been proposed with generic JDBC(tm) utilities and lives under the name of 'DbUtils' in the sandbox and a project named 'attributes' has been proposed to handle runtime metadata attributes.
Editor: James Strachan
Here are the main changes that have happened recently on the Jelly project...
So now JellyUnit can support the following XML unit testing constructs
As well as Jexl based assertions, assertEquals and a new <assertThrown> tag to test for exceptions being thrown in Jelly scripts.
"an Enterprise Information Portal, using Java and XML"
Editor: David Sean Taylor
Jetspeed 1.4b2 will be released on December 9.
This release is full of new features thanks in great part to a very welcome new committer, Mark Orciuch. Here is a list of new features implemented by Mark:
Parameter Presentation Styles - Data Entry Widgets including Date/Calendar, ListBox, CheckBoxGroup, TextArea, Custom JSP, Custom Velocity Portlet Preview Mode Portlet Usage Logging Password Expiration Online Profile Import/Export Print Friendly Mode Filtering in User Browser and Psml Browser
Jetspeed 1.4b2 introduces a new set of documentation to more fully cover the changes made to version 1.4. We have added the following documents:
We updated as many Jars as we could to the latest versions without breaking the dependencies. Most importantly, we are now again in sync with the latest releases of:
Jetspeed JSP Tag library updated to support internationalization and Jetspeed Links. JSP templating engine updated to operate like Velocities, supporting the same media/language/country fallback algorithm.
Two new registries have been added to better support new Media Types and Client agents.?
Further enhancements to security:
"a high-performance, full-featured text search engine"
Editor: Otis Gospodnetic
Lucene's scoring implementation was previously tightly integrated with the rest of the API. Doug Cutting added a public, extensible scoring API, which allows others to create their own scoring algorithm and plug it into Lucene:
A document describing Lucene's index file formats has been added to Lucene's web site:
" a servlet based framework that allows developers to quickly build secure web applications"
Editor: Martin Poeschl
The Turbine Team released the final releases of Turbine 2.2 and Torque 3.0.
A list of changes can be found on the web-site
The distributions are available at: