Java News from Monday, March 29, 2004

Anthony J Wilkinson pointed out that XXX and FIXME are endorsed in Sun's "Code Conventions for the JavaT™ Programming Language". See section 10.5.4. Specifically, "Use XXX in a comment to flag something that is bogus but works. Use FIXME to flag something that is bogus and broken."

Martin Auer has posted a beta of UMLet 3, "an open-source lightweight Java tool for rapidly drawing UML diagrams, with a focus on a sound and pop-up-free user interface." It can export diagrams to SVG, JPEG, and PDF formats. Version 3 adds support for EPS and can be used as an Eclipse plugin. UMLet 3 is published under the GPL.

IBM's alphaWorks has released version 4.5 of the WBI Development Kit for Java, a "programmable proxy for developing and running intermediary applications on the web." In other words it lets you stick filters in the middle of the HTTP stream. This release adds persistent connections to back-end servers and fixes bugs.