Christmas comes early

Software updates, JavaOne edition

Elliot Bentley
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A roundup of the myriad releases released (so far) to coincide with JavaOne and OpenWorld this week.

As you
may or may not be aware, this week is JavaOne, Oracle’s annual
conference incorporating all things Java, as part of OpenWorld.
Unsurprisingly, many interesting projects have rolled out major
updates to coincide with the events, providing a smorgasbord of new
stuff to get our teeth into. Here’s our pick of the most exciting
releases so far.

The first release of the Maven Integration for WTP project under
the Eclipse.org umbrella, m2e-wtp 0.16.0 is mostly
a bug fix release, but also includes changes to the “Eclipse to
Maven Project Conversion” area, allowing pure Eclipse JavaEE
projects to be ported to Maven (download
here
).

It may be unfashionable, but MySQL is still the king. At last
weekend’s MySQL Connect conference (another part of Oracle
OpenWorld), they took the wrapping off of MySQL 5.6 Release
Candidate 1
. This latest version is described as “simply a
better MySQL with across the board improvements that hit every
functional area of the database kernel, bringing benefits whether
you deploy on-premise or in the cloud”, and a blog
post
illustrates some of the performance improvements, as well
as the technical details of the update depth. 5.6 RC1 is available
to download
now, with the GA promised to arrive “soon”.

A whole bunch of JBoss projects have been updated over the past few
days: TorqueBox has seen a bug-fix only release,
2.1.2;
Drools, the business logic integration platform
has released 5.4.0, containing a
range of small improvements; version 2.3.0.Final of
open source web framework Seam; and Errai
2.1
, which is mostly
“preview” features
to allow feedback before version 3.0.

The latest version of enterprise management solution for
server-side apps, RHQ 4.5.0, includes a “truly
modular approach” to JavaScript CLI scripts, allowing your script
to “require” other scripts. This release also introduces
CLI support for Python
, and an enhanced version of the rest
API. Release notes are here,
and you can download
it from the SourceForge repository
.

JBoss Forge 1.1.0.Final was introduced to the
world via an exceptionally joyful blog post ladened with smilies
and exclamation marks. This release includes improvements to the
“Did you mean ?” feature, metamodel generation based on the
persistence provider, and “Colossal changes to our most beloved
plugins ever !!!” Plus, from now on, Forge can be updated merely by
typing forge update – though for
now you’ll have to rely on the download
page
.

Finally, data virtualization system Teiid has seen the release
Teiid 8.2 Alpha 2, with 8.2 touted as a “feature
packed release with a long overdue feature of exception handling in
virtual procedures” as well as native query support and integration
of object/document based stores. “There is still plenty of time to
get some more small features in,”
writes Ramesh Reddy
, who recommends visiting the forums to help
provide feedback (download it here).

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