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Apache Camel rides on with 2.9 release

Chris Mayer
Apache-Camel

Burgeoning community gets new features such as ThreadPoolFactory

The open source integration framework project Apache Camel has seen in the new year with a brand new release, bringing new enhancements and several bug fixes.

Apache Camel has gained a lot of community support for its flexibility within the JVM, dazzling some with its array of tricks. Its comparative ease when integrating applications across different protocols and technologies has garnered critical acclaim too.

It creates Enterprise Integration Patterns by using Java, Spring, XML, Groovy – practically the whole lot. You can deploy Apache Camel as standalone application, in a web container (e.g. Tomcat or Jetty), in a JEE application Server (e.g. JBoss AS or WebSphere AS), in an OSGi environment or in combination with a Spring container. Its inclusivity certainly makes it stand above the rest.

Apache Camel 2.9 eliminates the 497 problems from the last version (a staggeringly high number, which is credit to the team to fix them all), plus offers a ‘mindnumbing’ number of improvements.

Just a few of these include:

  • Introduced ThreadPoolFactory with a simpler API for 3rd party SPI
  • Improved labels of all model definitions which appear in Tracer output
  • Simple language has a much better syntax parser, being able to report what and where syntax errors are. 
  • Added unary operators, which for example can be used to increment counters.
  • Simple language now supports nested functions

You can marvel at the full list of improvements in 2.9 and then hurriedly download it! Unsure when to use Camel, this article by Kai Wähner gives an expert analysis on what scenarion are the best to use the framework.

The hard work has paid for the Camel Riders, here’s to a bright 2012!

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