Java News from Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Legion of the Bouncy Castle has released version 1.32 of the Bouncy Castle Java Cryptography API, an open source, clean-room implementation of the Java Cryptography Extension (JCE). It supports X.509 certificates, PKCS12, S/MIME, CMS, PKCS7, and lots of other juicy acronyms. It also includes its own light-weight crypto API that works in Java 1.0 and later, and does not depend on the JCE. Version 1.32 adds support for F2m elliptic curves and ECDSA with CMS and S/MIME. Download it while it's still legal.

Version 1.1.7 of the Kaffe open source Java virtual machine for various Unixes has been released. This release adds a PowerPC JIT among other new features and bug fixes. This release merges the GNU Classpath .90 library. It also includes ports to DROPS, the Blackfin CPU, DragonFly BSD. ia64-freebsd, alpha-freebsd, and powerpc-openbsd; and of course there are numerous speedups and bug fixes.

Atlassian has released version 3.5.3 of JIRA, a $1200-$4800 payware J2EE-based bug tracking and project management server application. This is a bug fix release. I've been using Jira lately with Jaxen and Apache. It's a definite improvement over Bugzilla. I'm not sure it really does anything that Bugzilla doesn't do (at least not anything I use) but the user interface is about a hundred times cleaner.