Java News from Saturday, March 27, 2004

My DSL router died early yesterday afternoon. Speakeasy said they'd get me a new one by early this morning, but until it gets here I'm stuck with dial-up. And of course this happens just a couple of weeks after I finally disconnect my second phone line. :-(

Julien Ponge has released IzPack 3.5.1, an open source tool for building cross-platform installers in Java. 3.5.1 is a bug fix release. It's published under the GPL.

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.1, 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 adds support for UPS MaxiCodes and tiled TIFF images. Java 1.2 or later is required.

The Big Faceless Organization has also released the Big Faceless Graph Library 1.1.6, a $400 payware (more if you want support) Java class library for plotting 2D or shaded 3D pie charts, line graphs, area graphs, bar graphs and exporting them to PNG, GIF and PDF. 1.1.6 is a bug fix release. Java 1.2 or later is required.

Chris Simoes has posted LPD in Java 0.6.5, an implementation of the Unix LPD (line printer daemon) protocol for network printing.

Enterprise Distributed Technologies (Don't yuou just know that any company with such a big name has to be a one person shop?) has released edtFTPj 1.2.3, a free (LGPL) FTP library for Java. A $1500 payware version adds support for FTP over SSL.

Patrick Charles has released jpcap, a network packet capture library for applications written in Java that runs on various Unixes It includes a GUI tool for real-time network traffic capture and analysis and an API for developing packet capture applications in Java

Michael Fuchs has posted version 0.55.33 of his DocBook Doclet that creates DocBook SGML and XML documents from JavaDoc. This release mostly fixes bugs and improves the documentation.

YourKit, LLC has posted the first beta of YourKit Java Profiler 2.1, a 295€ payware tool for detecting memory leaks and memory consumption bottlenecks. It features Automation of memory leak detection, an object heap browser, JUnit integration, IntelliJ IDEA Borland JBuilder integration. Version 2.1 can compare the difference between memory snapshots and filter CPU and memory views. The tool runs on Windows or Linux.

Simone Bordet has released MX4J 2.0, an open source implementation of Java Management Extensions (JMX) 1.2.1 and the JMX Remote API 1.0. MX4J 2.0 is published under the Mozilla Public License.

The second beta of EJBCA 3.0, an open source, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Certificate Authority, has been posted. EJBCA can be used standalone or integrated into other J2EE application. It supports multiple levels of certificate authorities, individual enrollment and batch production of certificates, PKCS12 and PEM export, configurable certificate contents. revocation and certificate revocation lists, and more. Version 3.0 adds support for OCSP and allows several certificate authorities to run in one instance of EJBCA. EJBCA is published under the LGPL.

Timothy Wall has posted version 0.12.2 of the Abbot GUI testing framework has been released. This release fixes bugs. Abbot is published under the LGPL.

Websina has released BugZero 3.5.2, a $999 payware Web-based bug tracking system that supports multiple projects, group-based access, automatic bug assignment, file attachment, email notification, and metric reports. Bug Zero is written in Java and can run on top of various backend databases including MySQL. 3.5 makes various minor improvements including more lenient searching for user names.

The Apache Tomcat team has released version 2.0.4 of the mod_jk2 web server connector. "Tomcat is the reference implementation of a web application server which implements the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages specifications. mod_jk2 is a connector which allows a web server such as Apache HTTPD or IIS to act as a front end to the Tomcat web application server. This version fixes a many majors bugs and is the first one to use APR which is now mandatory."