Java News from Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Damn It. Somebody just sent me a spoiler for The System of the World. It's a 900 page book that came out two days ago! You may not have a life, but I do. Please give me a little time to read the thing before sending me commentary. I am officially not reading or answering any e-mail on the subject of Enoch Root, Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, or The Baroque Cycle until I have finished The System of the World. However, if you've finished Cryptonomicon yourself, you may be interested in new content I added yesterday to the What's up With Enoch Root? page. If you've finished The Confusion and Quicksilver, go ahead and read the new Baroque Cycle page which introduces some hyptoheses and evidence about the nature of Enoch Root from the first two books in the cycle.

The Eclipse Project has posted the second milestone of Eclipse 3.1, 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. The main new features in 3.1 are Ant 1.6.2, quick fixes for serial version IDs, and some (still incomplete) support for Java 1.5. New features in this milestone include:

Carnegie-Mellon University has posted the first beta of Sphinx-4, an open source speech recognition engine written in pure Java. features include:

Java 1.4 or later is required.

IBM's alphaWorks has released version 1.2.3 of the IBM Toolkit for MPEG-4, a Java class library for working with MPEG-4 video and audio. Version 1.2.3 makes various bug fixes.