Java News from Sunday, December 17, 2006

The GNU Project has released version 0.93 of GNU Classpath, an incomplete free implementation of the core Java class libraries. New features in this release include:

According to the announcement,

With this release our 1.4 library work is 99.95 API complete. Although this doesn't mean GNU Classpath is fully compatible and a perfect drop in replacement for proprietary 1.4 JDKs yet, it is pretty close and any divergence should be considered a bug. Our 1.5 library work is now 95.5% API complete.

This is the last release that will have two separate library releases for 1.4 and 1.5. The next release will be based on our 1.5 generics branch work. We are willing to maintain a 1.4 branch based the non-generic 0.93 release if people are interested in support for this. Please contact the mailinglist if you are.

gtk 2.4 or later is required for GUI operations. GNU Classpath is published under the GPL with library exception.

The Eclipse Project has posted the fourth milestone of Eclipse 3.3, 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. New features in this release. mostly minor, include: