Java News from Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Slava Pestov has uploaded the seventh pre-release of jEdit 4.2, an open source programmer's editor written in Java with extensive plug-in support and my preferred text editor on Windows and Unix. New features in this release include support for byte order marks in UTF-8 documents and syntax highlighting for , MoinMoin, the Relax NG compact syntax, Renderman-RIB, PowerDynamo, WebSphere MQ, and squid.conf. In addition many bugs were fixed.

Mark Lindner has posted the Jolt JVM Daemon 0.3, a wrapper program for Linux and Solaris that enables multiple invocations of java, javac, javadoc, and jar to reuse the same virtual machine for faster startup. Given the problems caused already by classpath and clasl loader issues, and the number of times I've had to specify fork="true" in my ant build files to make everything work, I'm not sure this is such a good idea.

Michael Fuchs has posted version 0.5.2 of his DocBook Doclet that creates DocBook SGML and XML documents from JavaDoc. New features in this release include a new standard style/layout based on lists, creation of valid and unique IDs, support for the -tag option, many new command line options, and support for the {@linkplain} tag.