Java News from Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Rob Lougher has releeased JamVM 1.1.3, a free (GPL) Java Virtual Machine that "conforms to the JVM specification version 2 (blue book). In comparison to most other VM's (free and commercial) it is extremely small, with a stripped executable on PowerPC of only ~100K, and Intel 80K. However, unlike other small VMs (e.g. KVM) it is designed to support the full specification, and includes support for object finalisation, the Java Native Interface (JNI) and the Reflection API." Like most free VMs it relies on the Gnu Classpath library. JamVM only interprets code. It does not have a Just-In-Time compiler.

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.1.1, a $400 payware (more if you want support) Java class library for creating PDF documents. The $1000 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents. Version 2.1.1 is a bug fix release. Java 1.2 or later is required.

Michael Koch has posted the GCJ web browser plugin 0.2.3. This free-as-in-speech (GPL) plug-in execute Java applets in Mozilla 1.7 and compatible browsers using the GCJ virtual machine. Version 0.2.3 is now localisable and includes a complete German translation.