Java News from Saturday, January 1, 2005

Happy New Year. This is normally the time when I make a lot of promises about cool new features for this site that don't come to pass. However, looking backwards my promises for last year were three third editions (done: XML in a Nutshell, XML 1.1 Bible, and Java Network Programming), at least one peer-reviewed paper (actually I published two: XOM Design Principles and SAX Conformance Testing), and 1.0 releases of XOM and XQuisitor. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad. XOM 1.0 is almost done. I'm just mucking with the build file and adding a README. It should be out in a day or two. Plus I did finally write the comments system I've been threatening for years, even if it did show up on a new site rather than this one. I also made some significant contributions to the W3C XInclude test suite. That's a pretty good year.

For 2005, I think I'll set the following goals:

Check back in a year to see how much of this I actually get done.

Slava Pestov has uploaded the first pre-release of jEdit 4.3, an open source programmer's editor written in Java with extensive plug-in support and my preferred text editor on Windows and Unix. New features in this release include multiple line fields in the search and replace dialog box, a "Repeat Last Macro" command, wrapping to the window width, Forth and Motorola 68000 assembler syntax highlighting, and improved rectangular selection. Java 1.4 or later is required. Java 1.3 is no longer supported.