Java News from Friday, September 8, 2006

The Apache Software Foundation has posted the third beta of Maven 1.1, an open source build tool for Java that's more declarative and less procedural than Ant. "This release upgrades several dependencies of Maven, in particular Jelly, Dom4j and Jaxen. Improvements since Maven 1.1 Beta 2 include a lot of new plugin releases and a number of fixes for known issues in the Beta 2 release." There's one pretty big bug in the released version, so you may want to grab the latest snapshot instead.

IBiblio is upgrading server hardware starting tonight at 6:00 P.M. EDT. This and other IBiblio hosted sites will be up and down sporadically between then and 6:00 P.M. Saturday. I will likely not be able to check e-mail at my metalb address for most of that time either.

Sun has hired the two primary JRuby developers, Charles Ovilver Nutter and Thomas Enebo, to work full-time on JRuby. They promise JRuby will remain open source. Interesting times.