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Google App Engine SDK for Java 1.5.2 Released

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, new JavaFX 2.0 build beta, and Spring Data JPA 1.0 is GA.

Google App Engine SDK for Java 1.5.2 Released

Version 1.5.2 of the Google App Engine SDK for Java, has been released. This release removes the need for exploding indexes, and reduces the custom index requirements for many queries. Users can also query the datastore stats per namespace, in addition to getting the overall datastore stats. There is also a new method for Pull Queues, which allows users to extend the lease on existing tasks, and the size for pull tasks has been increased to 1MB. The Task Queue details page has been updated, to provide more information about the tasks being run, for example, users can now see the headers included in the enqueued task, and information from previous run tasks. The whitelist has been updated to include support for JSR 105. More information, is available at the Release Notes.


Spring Data JPA 1.0 is GA

Spring Data JPA 1.0 GA is now available. This is the first final release of the Spring Data JPA project for implementing JPA based repositories, and upgrades to Spring Data Commons version 1.1.0, and Querydsl 2.2.0. CriteriaQuery creation is now cached, if possible, and the version range for Spring Data Commons packages has been fixed. The documentation has also been updated. Please see the Changelog for more information.


New JavaFX 2.0 Beta Build

A new JavaFX 2.0 beta build is available, with support for rich text editing, via a new HTMLEditor control. A worker threading API has also been added. JavaFX 2.0 Beta build 36 can be downloaded now from the Oracle website.


Security and Bug Fixes for IcedTea Projects

There are plenty of new releases for IcedTea and IcedTea-Web fans, this week! Firstly, three new release of the IcedTea6 harness for building the source code from OpenJDK6, have been released. IcedTea6 1.10.3 fixes a bug that caused Icedtea6 to fail to build with Linux version 3.0, a patching error, and contains some backports.

Meanwhile, IcedTea6 1.8.9 and IcedTea6 1.9.9 have been released to fix security issues. These releases fix an issue with home directory path disclosure to untrusted apps, which concerns IcedTea-Web. Since IcedTea-Web is not a part of the IcedTea6 1.10 series, there will be no corresponding IcedTea6 1.10 security update.

Finally, the IcedTea-Web project has two new releases: 1.0.4 and 1.1.1. These releases fix two security issues related to Java Web Start security warning dialog manipulation, and the home directory path disclosure to untrusted applications. The IcedTea-Web project provides a web browser plugin, that runs applets written in Java, and an implementation of Java Web Start.


New Clojure Dialect Targets JavaScript

ClojureScript is a new dialect of Clojure that targets JavaScript as a deployment platform, from Rich Hickey. ClojureScript aims to replace JavaScript with Clojure, and address what the creator perceives as a “weak link in the client/embedded application development story.” ClojureScript leverages the Google Closure library and compiler. It can be downloaded from GitHub now.

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