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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 Limits

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 Interface

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 Support

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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