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jQuery 1.5 Beta and Nexus One To Get Gingerbread ‘Soon’?

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, Amazon announce ‘AWS Elastic Beanstalk’ and Apache Pivot 2.0 released.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk: PaaS Plus Java?

Amazon have announced a new ‘AWS Elastic Beanstalk‘ service for creating,
deploying and operating Java apps. AWS Elastic Beanstalk
automatically creates and configures all AWS resources required to
run an application, but users still have the option of accessing
the underlying AWS resources, if desired. AWS is built on top of
AWS infrastructure, including Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing
and Auto Scaling. Each Elastic Beanstalk app runs on one or more
EC2 instances that are provisioned for the application, and users
can build an app that leverages Elastic Beanstalk and other
services that are deployed on EC2. The public beta release allows
users to write Java code, compile it, package it into a WAR file,
and upload it to a Tomcat environment. Please see the announcement
for more information.

Apache Pivot 2.0 Released

Version 2.0 of the Apache Pivot
platform has been announced. Pivot allows users to build and deploy
GUI apps, that can be downloaded and installed in the same manner
as desktop and mobile apps. This update introduces dynamic data
binding, which automatically updates the properties of target
elements whenever a source value changes, and adds support for
CSS-like style classes and SVG images. It also comes with a new
Eclipse plugin that helps simplify creating launch configurations
for Pivot applications.

New Scalaz-Camel DSL Project

Scalaz-Camel is a new project that provides an
alternative DSL to Camel’s existing Java DSL and Scala DSL. It
focuses on Scala and Scalaz idioms when constructing integration
solutions from enterprise integration patterns with Apache Camel.
The Scalaz-Camel DSL was designed to provide “a better and more
native” integration with Scala. The project supports the
combination of endpoints and message processors to complete message
processing routes. The latest release is Scalaz-Camel 0.2.

Facebook: Java ME Edition

Facebook have announced a Java ME version of their social networking
site, developed in collaboration with Snaptu. According to Facebook, the app “works on more than
2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and other
manufacturers.”

jQuery Turns 5, Releases 1.5 Beta

A (belated) happy 5th birthday to jQuery, which celebrated five
years of development on January 14th! To mark this milestone, the
jQuery team released the first beta of jQuery 1.5. In this release, the
Ajax module has been rewritten with a focus on performance,
stability, and feature improvements. Subclassing in jQuery is now
supported, and a list of memory leaks and bugs have been addressed.
A final release candidate is expected within the next 10 days, and
a final release by the end of the month.

More Rules for CodeNarc

Version 0.12 of CodeNarc has been announced. CodeNarc analyses
Groovy code for issues such as defects, bad practices and style
issues. This release comes with nearly 150 rules. It can be
downloaded now.

Nexus One To Get Gingerbread ‘Soon’?

An unnamed Google representative is rumoured to have told JR
Raphael of ComputerWorld that Nexus One will be getting
Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ “soon” and that they encountered no
problems when preparing the update. Android 2.3 was announced in
early December.

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