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Google App Engine 1.5.3 Released

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, second beta of Confluence 4.0 with new guided Confluence Installer.

Google App Engine 1.5.3 Removes Blob Upload

Google App Engine SDK 1.5.3 has been released.
In this release, the limits on the size of blob uploads have been
removed, and the ‘Datastore Admin’ function can be enabled from the
Admin Console, allowing Java users to access this functionality
without being forced to upload a Python version of their
application. Users can also retrieve a list of indexes currently
defined in the datastore, in addition to their statuses. This
release also includes fixes for the Channel API, and rectifies an
issue where blobs could not be uploaded using HTTPS. More
information is available at the Release Notes.

At the announcement, Google reveal that, due to some internal
changes, they are now looking to push out a new Google App Engine
release each month.


Confluence 4.0 Beta with New Editing

The second beta of Confluence 4.0 is out now,
following three public EAP releases. In this beta, the Confluence
editor gets a new editing interface and a new guided Confluence
Installer. There have also been several improvements to the
navigation search functionality, such as selecting the first result
by default to speed up the searching process. The name of the Space
where the page, blog or attachment is located, is now also
displayed in the search results. Microsoft Office 2010 is
supported, and a new Profile Picture Macro has been added for
building rich team landing pages. This Macro leverages Confluence
4.0’s new Macro Property Panels and provides a link to the user’s
profile. All email notifications in Confluence have a new design,
which should work in the major email clients, including the iPhone.
More information is available at the Release Notes.

Confluence 4.0 will be released later this year.


Apache JMeter 2.5 Adds HttpComponents HttpClient 4.x

Apache JMeter 2.5 has been released. JMeter is a tool for measuring performance and load
test functional behaviour, which can be used to test both static
and dynamic resources, or to simulate a heavy load on a server,
network or object. With 2.5, users can select the HTTP
implementation at run-time. The JMS and Mail samplers have been
improved, and the HTTP Sampler can report the size of a request
before decompression, and allows concurrent downloads of embedded
resources in an HTML page. The Client-Server mode also now supports
external stop/shutdown via UDP. Support for Apache HttpComponents
HttpClient 4.x has been added, but the support for Commons
HttpClient 3 may be removed in a future release, as this is no
longer actively developed.

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