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Blackberry Java Plugin for Eclipse 1.3.0 and Two Releases from Apache Tomcat

VisualVM Harness 1.1 Released

Version 1.1 of the VisualVM harness for building and packaging the VisualVM tool, is now available. This release adds support for VisualVM 1.3.1 and functionality for installing VisualVM outside of the JDK directory structure. Uninstallation support is also provided, and debugging information has been added to the native shared libraries.

Jaspersoft 4 Released

Jaspersoft 4 is out now! Jaspersoft is a tool for bringing business intelligence into web apps. For this edition of Jaspersoft, the team have focused on interactivity, so users should see an improvement in re-sizing and minimising UI components. The tool also comes with a new UI framework, which the team claim makes Jaspersoft the "only BI vendor with an end-to-end suite designed for the web application world." This framework seperates content and presentation layers to allow customisation using CSS markup techniques, in an attempt to simplify customisations. Interested? A live trial of Jaspersoft is available now.

Open Document Foundation Join OpenDoc Society

The Document Foundation has become an organisational member of the OpenDoc Society, which promotes best practices for office applications.

"We feel that the association's work of promoting interoperability between ODF implementations and sharing knowledge about best practices, fits together well with the mission of The Document Foundation to provide a full-featured Open Source productivity tool with strong ODF support," said member of The Document Foundation's steering committee, Italo Vignoli.

The Document Foundation join Google and IBM ,who are already members organisations of the OpenDoc Society. In related news, the Document Foundation have announced the third release candidate of LibreOffice 3.3. According to the Document Foundation, the final release of LibreOffice 3.3 will be available soon.

Nexus Gets Ready for the Cloud With Move to AGPL License

Sonatype's Wayne Jackson has blogged about the company's decision to move Nexus from a GPL license, to the AGPL. Initially, they opted for the GPL license as they did not envision open source Nexus being offered as a service, and wanted to avoid causing concern by adopting a new form of license. However, with the rise of cloud computing Jackson sees the possibility of open source Nexus being delivered as a hosted commercial service "growing steadily." The GPL does not require enhancements made to open source Nexus by service providers to be contributed back to the community. With this in mind, Sonatype have moved to the AGPL with a closed service provider loophole. Jackson insists this gives the community maximum protection and will not impact the broader Nexus community.

Blackberry Java Plugin for Eclipse 1.3.0

Version 1.3.0 of the BlackBerry Java plugin for Eclipse has been released. This plugin extends the Eclipse framework to enable Java developers to create Blackberry apps and MIDlets for BlackBerry devices. This version adds support for Eclipse 3.6 'Helios' and BlackBerry Java SDK 6.0, and will now automatically notify the user when a new version becomes available. It also comes with templates for BlackBerry application projects and three UI screen templates for screen layouts typically used in BlackBerry device applications.

Apache Tomcat 6.0.30 and 7.0.6 Released

The Apache Tomcat team have announced two releases: Tomcat 6.0.30 stable and Apache Tomcat 7.0.6.

Tomcat 6.0.30 stable adds support for the Servlet 2.5 and JSP 2.1 specifications, and updates to Commons Pool 1.5.5 and Commons Daemon 1.0.5. Please see the Release Notes for more information. Meanwhile, Apache Tomcat 7.0.6 is the first stable release of the Tomcat 7 branch. This release contains a new binary distribution targeted at users embedding Tomcat in other applications, and features a number of enhancements to the memory leak detection and prevention features. Please see the Release Notes for more information.

Jessica Thornsby

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