Java News from Wednesday, February 25, 2004

GCC logoThe Gnu Project has released version 3.3.3 of GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection. GCC contains frontends for C, C++, Objective C, Chill, Fortran, Ada, and Java as well as libraries for these languages. GCC is a clean room implementation of Java that doesn't use any Sun code, so it doesn't always exactly match Sun release versions, but this is roughly at the Java 1.4 level with some omissions. From a Java perspective, this is pretty much a bug fix release.

Timothy Wall has posted version 0.12 of the Abbot GUI testing framework has been released. This release adds an Eclipse plug-in, makes various enhancements to the GUI, and improves component lookup from the GUI unit tests.. Abbot is published under the LGPL.

Linus Tolke has posted ArgoUML 0.15.3, an open source UML modelling tool written in Java. This release adds support for the XML based XMI and PGML file formats. ArgoUML is published under a BSD license.

Gentleware has released Poseidon for UML 2.2 a Unified Modeling Language CASE tool based on the open source ArgoUML. Poseidon for UML integrates with NetBeans/Forte/SUN One Studio, and features generation and import of Java code. This release The new version adds association classes in class diagrams, an enhanced property panel for actors, and the UML 2.0 standard save format. There's a free beer community edition and several payware editions depending on which features you want that range in price from $149 to $599. Upgrades from 1.x range from $49 to $229. Upgrades from 2.x are free.

Picture of a Cat, Tomcat logo Is anyone still using Tomcat 3.x? If so, the Jakarta Apache Project has a new beta for you to check out. They've posted the first release candiate of Tomcat 3.3.2, an open source servlet container for the Apache web server and the official reference implementation of the Java Servlet API and Java Server Pages (JSP). Tomcat 3 implements version 2.2 of the Java Servlet API and version 1.1 of Java Server Pages. There are quite a few changes relative to Tomcat 3.2 in this release, including: