Java News from Friday, March 30, 2007

Adobe Systems has posted the first alpha of Apollo, a software development kit and runtime environment for building multiplatform applications. (Sound familiar?) Apollo is based on HTML, JavaScript, Flash, and Flex. Windows and Mac (but not Linux) are supported.

JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 6.0.5. This release adds support for Tomcat 6, JUnit 4.2, and Ant 1.7. Also, "You no longer have to apply for the free 30-day evaluation key. Just download the installation package, setup and get started. Your free evaluation period starts when you first run IntelliJ IDEA." That's sensible. I wish more people proffering demos would simplify the process like that. It would certainly make me more inclined to try out a product (though in IDEs case I already have a full license they gave me for speaking at a user group last year). IDEA is $499 payware. Upgrades from previous version are $299.

Julien Ponge has released IzPack 3.10.1, an open source tool for building cross-platform installers in Java. 3.10.1 fixes bugs. IzPack is published under the Apache License 2.0.