Java News from Friday, February 16, 2007

Apple has posted a bunch of software updates including Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 5 and Java for Mac OS X 10.3 Update 5. The primary change in these two releases is support for the upcoming earlier date for Daylight Savings Time. These releases also update "J2SE 5.0 to version 1.5.0_07, Java 1.4 to version 1.4.2_12 and improves SWT compatibility for J2SE 5.0."

The Apache Software Foundation has released of Maven 2.0.5, an open source build tool for Java that's more declarative and less procedural than Ant. This is mostly a bug fix release.

The Eclipse Project has posted the fifth 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:

Cenqua has posted a beta of FishEye 1.3, a $999 payware tool for viewing CVS activity. I've been using FishEye lately as part of my work with the Jaxen Project. As well as drawing graphs of activity, it lets you see who's committing what when to CVS, what individual committers have been up to, what's going on in different branches, what's happened to particular files, and so forth. It automatically wraps up tarballs and zip files of the current code base. Version 1.3 adds Perforce support and fixes bugs.

Bare Bones Software has released version 8.6.1 of BBEdit, my preferred text editor on the Mac, and what I'm using to type these very words. This is a bug fix release. BBEdit is $199 payware. Upgrades from 8.5 are free. Upgrades from 8.0 cost $30 and upgrades from 7.x costs $40. Mac OS X 10.4 or later is required.