Java News from Thursday, May 24, 2007

Novell has released Mono 1.2.4, an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows. "ASP.NET 2 is considered complete (with the exception of WebParts that are still missing). 1,000 new APIs have been implemented. Shared memory can now be disabled. There is a major ASP.NET performance boost, the beginning of C# 3.0, the new Mono.DataConvert class, many 2.0 Windows.Forms improvements, the start of 3.5 APIs (System.Core), COM support for Callable Wrappers, the 2.0 Socket API, and a Solaris/AMD-64 port. VB can now be used with ASP.NET."

Martin Jericho has released the Jericho HTML Parser 2.4, an open source (LGPL or Eclipse Public License) Java library for parsing, analyzing and modifying HTML that ignores any server-side code/markup or invalid HTML. It includes an HTML form analyzer. Version 2.4 fixes bugs and adds the EPL as an option.

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.8. This release replaces the viewer application and adds some minor API. The library costs $700 (more if you want support)s. The $1300 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents.

Nathan Fiedler has released of JSwat 4.2, a graphical, stand-alone Java debugger built on top of the Java Platform Debugger Architecture. Features include breakpoints, source code viewing, single-stepping, watching variables, viewing stack frames, and printing variables. This release fixes bugs. Version 4.x is published under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).

Julien Ponge has released IzPack 3.10.2, an open source tool for building cross-platform installers in Java. 3.10.2 fixes bugs. IzPack is published under the Apache License 2.0.

Diomidis Spinellis has released UMLGraph 4.8, an open source (BSD license) tool for declaratively specifying UML diagrams. UMLGraph uses text files that look vaguely like source code to specify how UML class and sequence diagrams are drawn. A doclet converts this into a Graphviz diagram that can be easily converted to Postscript, GIF, SVG, JPEG, etc. Version 4.8 can be run directly from the JAR file and supports piped output. Java 5 is required.

Atlassian has released version 3.7 of JIRA, a $1200-$4800 payware J2EE-based bug tracking and project management server application. 3.7 can now convert issues to sub-tasks and vice versa and offers more fine-grained permissions for deleting comments and attachments. 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.