JAX London 2014: A retrospective
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Lift 2.0, Scala 2.8.0 RC7 and Google Updates for GWT and App Engine SDK

Jessica Thornsby
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Lift 2.0 gets new NoSQL support with built-in support for MongoDB and CouchDB, and GWT 2.0.4 fixes an issue with GWT-based apps crashing in Safari 5.

Lift Gets NoSQL Support

Lift version 2.0 is out now.

Lift is a web framework for building and maintaining scalable web applications. Lift applications deploy as WAR files, and can be monitored and managed with the same infrastructure used to manage and monitor any Java application. The Lift framework is built on Scala and compiles to JVM byte-code.

This version adds in-built support for MongoDB and CouchDB, and support for JSON, REST, JTA and LDAP. This release also improves Lift support for Comet and testing, including dependency injection and run-mode injection.

New RC for Scala 2.8.0

A new Release Candidate for Scala 2.8.0 is out – Scala 2.8.0 RC7.

This release fixes a few problems with the RC6 release. The partially implemented Jenkins hashcode has been removed, and a problem with remove in JavaConversions has been rectified. Further null checks have also been added.

GWT 2.0.4 Fixes Safari Crashes

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) 2.0.4 is out now.

This release includes a bug fix targeted at Apple’s recently-released Safari 5, after numerous reports of GWT-based applications crashing when running in Safari 5. The changes in 2.0.4 are compatible with existing 2.0 apps. If you have been experiencing Safari crashes, Google advises recompiling and deploying your GWT app.

New Google Maps Emacs Extension

google-maps-el is a new google-maps Emacs extension that allows users to displayGoogle Maps directly inside Emacs. It implements the Google Static Maps API and the Google Maps Geocoding API.

……And another Google Update

Hot on the heels of GWT, Google release Google App Engine SDK 1.3.5.

With this update, the user can specify the amount of storage available to the taskqueue, and the Blobstore gets a new, file-like interface for reading blobs. In the Java edition of the SDK, Google have also implemented the BlobstoreInputStream class for providing an InputStream view of the blobs stored in the Blobstore.

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