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Beta of JavaFX 2.0 Released

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, ‘The Hadoop of Realtime’ to be open sourced.

Beta of JavaFX 2.0 Released

A beta of JavaFX 2.0 has been released. This release
contains the SDK and the JavaFX runtime, which enables users to run
JavaFX applications without installing the SDK. It also includes a
media engine that supports playback of web multimedia content, web
components that enables HTML to be embedded in a JavaFX app, and an
updated browser plugin for loading JavaFX applets based on Prism.
Please note that many of the new features introduced in JavaFX 2.0
Beta are incompatible with JavaFX version 1.3. More information is
available at the Release Notes.

Apache Archiva 1.3.5 Fixes Cross-Site Scripting

Version 1.3.5 of Apache Archiva has been announced. This is primarily a
security and bug fix release, which addresses issues with Archiva
failing to start up on Solaris 64-bit, and upgrades to Redback
version 1.2.8. It also fixes a cross-site scripting vulnerability
in Archiva. More information is available at the Release Notes.

Apache Archiva is repository management software that offers
remote repository proxying, security access management, and build
artifact storage.

‘The Hadoop of Realtime’ To Be Open Sourced

Nathan Marz has blogged about the new stream processing system,
‘Storm’ developed at BackType, which he refers
to as “the Hadoop of realtime: it does for realtime processing what
Hadoop does for batch processing.” BackType are planning to open
source Storm over the coming months. According to Marz’s post,
Storm abstracts the message passing away, automatically
parallelizes the stream computation on a cluster of machines, and
allows the user to focus on the realtime processing logic. Storm
runs on the JVM and is written in Clojure, and also supports Ruby
and Python. ZeroMQ is used for the underlying message passing. Marz
lists some of the potential use cases of Storm as stream
processing, continuous computation, and distributed RPC.

Google Testing “Google Wallet” App

Google have announced details of a “Google Wallet” app that allows users to tap,
pay and save using their phone and near field communication. Users
will also be able to store credit, loyalty and gift cards, and will
be able to automatically redeem offers and earn loyalty points.

“Google Wallet is a key part of our ongoing effort to improve
shopping for both businesses and consumers. It’s aimed at making it
easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while
giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to
customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline
commerce,” reads the blog post.

The Google team are currently testing the app, and plan to
release Google Wallet “soon.”

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