Java News from Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Eclipse Project has released Eclipse 3.0, an open source integrated development environment (IDE) for Java. It also doubles as a base platform for your own applications, an alternative to the AWT and Swing, and a powerful floor wax and dessert topping. RC3 is a pure bug fix release. Linux, Windows XP, Solaris 8, AIX, HP/UX 11i, or Mac OS X 10.3 or later is required. Earlier versions of Mac OS X are not supported. Earlier versions of Windows may work but are not tested.

IBM has released version 3.0 of their International Components for Unicode (ICU) for both Java and C/C++. ICU goes beyond the standard JDKL classes to provide a number of Unicode aware features including collation, formatting, locales, regular expressions, layout managers, and input methods.

IBM's alphaWorks has released the Development Tool for Java-COM Bridge, a "tool for developing and enabling tight communication between Java™- and COM-based applications. An application running on Microsoft Windows® systems is typically constructed as a set of interconnecting components entirely based on Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) technology, or on Java technology. There is not a simple, direct way to connect a COM-based component with a Java-based component. The Development Tool for Java-COM Bridge enables the integration of both COM- and Java-based components in one application and allows the two kinds of components to communicate bi-directionally through the Java Native Interface (JNI) technology."

Andrei Kouznetsov has released UnifiedIO 1.3.1, a class library that "allows random access to any data or stream (even over HTTP), and gives a clear difference between read only and read/write access."