Java News from Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Peter Eastman has released Buoy 1.1, a public domain user interface framework for Java that sits a new API on top of Swing. Java 1.4 or later is required.

Sun has posted the third proposed final draft of Java Specification Request (JSR) 200, Network Transfer Format for Java Archives. This describes the new Pack200 format for JAR archives. Sun claims compression factors of seven to nine when combined with a post-pack phase using a standard algorithm such as zip.

Sun has posted a maintenance release of JSR 114, JDBC Rowset Implementations (javax.sql.rowset). The changes look fairly minor, and mostly seem to affect exceptions and corner cases.

IBM's alphaWorks has posted the Embedded Voice Toolkit, a set of Eclipse plug-ins that provides a GUI interface for building embedded speech applications.