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Do We Need An OpenOffice.Org Foundation? Plus, CouchDB 1.0.1 Addresses Data Loss Bug

Jessica Thornsby

A new Grails plugin for integrating Groovy++ has been released, and updates for the Google Apps Script editor.

Apache CouchDB 1.0.1 Fixes Data-Loss Bug

Apache CouchDB 1.0.1 is now available for download.

CouchDB is a document-oriented database that comes with a built-in Web administration console, and speaks directly to the database using HTTP requests issued from the browser.

This release rectifies the data-loss bug discovered in the 1.0.0 release. It also adds support for replication via an HTTP/HTTP proxy and enables basic-auth popup, when it is required to access the server.

Google Apps Script Gets ScriptProperties and UserProperties

Google have announced a new Google Apps Script release. This release adds ScriptProperties and UserProperties, which allows scripts to store key:value data per user, or per script. The Apps Script editor now has ‘Find & Replace’ functionality, and users can view a history of changes made to the script. The timezone of a script can also be changed. Please note that some of these updates, have required changes to the API.

Is OpenOffice.org Next?

After a leaked memo revealed that Oracle had effectively called time on OpenSolaris as we know it, Brian Proffitt has asked ‘is OpenOffice.org next?

In light of Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Android and Google, and the news that OpenSolaris is to be effectively discontinued, Proffitt argues that the community should be concerned about the future of Oracle’s other open source projects. Although there is no concrete evidence that Oracle is planning to pull the plug on OpenOffice.org, Proffitt points to their “stealth-mode attitude regarding OpenSolaris” as good cause to look “beyond market-y optimism.”

He advises the community to start building an OpenOffice.org foundation, perhaps stewarded by the Linux Foundation. “Even if Oracle does turn out to be a positive caretaker for OpenOffice.org, recent events drive home the point that some sort of foundation for OpenOffice.org is clearly needed, if only to abate the uncertainty that arises whenever one company controls such a large and important free software project,” he concludes.

Mojarra Calls Time On Java SE 5

All future Mojarra builds that target JSF 2.1, will only support JavaSE 6 and above – reportedly to keep the testing matrix for Mojarra more “in line” with Oracle’s current development focus. However, any 2.0.X and 1.2 builds, will continue to be built with Java SE 5.

…….And Two New Grails Plugins

Version 0.5 of the Grails Clojure plugin is out now.This plugin provides access to execute Clojure code from Grails artifacts. This version upgrades to Clojure 1.1.0.

Meanwhile, a new Grails plugin for integrating Groovy++ has been released. Groovy++ is a statically typed extension of the Groovy programming language.

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