Java News from Monday, August 9, 2004

The Apache Jakarta Project has released POI 2.5.1, an open source Java library for "manipulating various file formats based upon Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format. OLE 2 Compound Document Format based files include most Microsoft Office files such as XLS and DOC." It's not immediately obvious what's changed in this release. POI is published under the Apache 2.0 license.

Sleepycat Software has released Berkeley DB Java edition 1.5.1. Berkeley DB JE is a non-relational embedded database written in Java. The data is exposed through "a Java Collections-style interface, as well as a programmatic interface similar to the Berkeley DB API." This is a bug fix release. Licensing is unclear, but it seems to be some weird form of semi-viral open source license. Java 1.4.2 or later is required.