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From Reinhard Pötz <>
Subject [proposal] Announcement mail for Cocoon 2.2.0 FINAL
Date Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:08:46 GMT

Here is my proposal for the announcement mail. It's a copy of my last 
mail with the only difference that the version numbers got updated. I 
know it could be done better but I don't have enough time these days.

Any feedback?


Apache Cocoon 2.2.0 FINAL Released

   The Apache Cocoon Community is proud to announce the final release
   Cocoon 2.2.0.

   Apache Cocoon is a Spring-based framework (since version 2.2 of
   Cocoon) built around the concepts of separation of concerns and
   component-based development.

   Cocoon implements these concepts around the notion of component
   pipelines, each component on the pipeline specializing on a particular

   Cocoon 2.2 introduces blocks. A block is the unit of modularization
   in Cocoon (in comparison: Eclipse uses the term plugins, OSGi uses
   bundles). Everything that goes beyond what Cocoon provides in its core
   modules (Spring integration, sitemap and pipeline implementation) is
   provided as block (see below). Custom Cocoon applications are also
   developed as blocks. A block can provide the following features:

     * general servlet services (any servlet can be managed by the Cocoon
       servlet-service framework),
     * special services that provide pipelines as services,
     * component services (Spring beans, Avalon services/components),
     * a container for classes and resources.

   A block is packaged as a Java archive (jar) following certain
   conventions concerning the directory structure.

   Find information about the new features at

   For more information about Apache Cocoon 2.2, please go to or follow our getting started guide at

   The release artifacts are available from the central Maven repository
   ( or you can download them from the
   distribution area (

                                       - o -

   Additionally we also want to announce some more releases:


   * Cocoon Servlet-Service Framework 1.0.0
     The Servlet Service Famework makes it easy to use servlets as
     components which can communicate with each other. The current
     implementation is based on Spring 2.5. There are no dependencies on
     Cocoon core libraries at all.

   * Cocoon Configuration 1.0.2
     The Cocoon Configuration subproject provides basic support for
     configuring web applications. Its current implementation, the Spring
     Configurator, is a useful component providing support in common
     configuration issues when using the Spring framework. There are no
     dependencies on Cocoon core libraries at all.


   * Cocoon Ajax 1.0.0
     Partial page and form reloads

   * Cocoon Apples 1.0.0
     Pure Java implementations of controller logic.

   * Cocoon Auth 1.0.0
     Authentication and authorization of pipelines and control-flow based
     Cocoon applications.

   * Cocoon Batik 1.0.0
     Create Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) using Cocoon pipelines.

   * Cocoon Captcha 1.0.0
     A reader to create CAPTCHAs

   * Cocoon Database 1.0.0
     Direct usage of relational databases with sitemap components.

   * Cocoon Database Bridge 1.0.0
     Databases bridge allows you to use datasources defined as
     Spring-beans in Avalon components.

   * Cocoon Flowscript 1.0.0
     Flowscript is a continuation-based implementation of Cocoon control
     flow based on Rhino (Javascript/ECMAScript).

   * Cocoon FOP 1.0.0
     Use Apache FOP, an XSL-FO driven print formatter to render pages to
     PDF or Postscript.

   * Cocoon Forms 1.1.0
     Cocoon has an advanced forms framework. Together with Flow and
     JXTemplates, Cocoon Forms (or CForms) provides a solid basis for
     building interactive web applications. Cocoon Forms handles complex
     use cases while still being simple enough to be used by
     non-Java-programmers who want to add forms to their site.

   * Cocoon Hsqldb-Client 1.0.0
     JDBC access of a Hsql database

   * Cocoon Hsqldb-Server 1.0.0
     Start a Hsql database server as part of your Cocoon application.

   * Cocoon HTML 1.0.0
     Generators to deal with HTML.

   * Cocoon Linkrewriter 1.0.0
     Transformers to rewrite all elements containing links.

   * Cocoon Mail 1.0.0
     Sitemap components to send emails.

   * Cocoon Template 1.1.0
     XML-based templating


   * Cocoon Maven plugin 1.0.0-M2
     The Cocoon Maven plugin contains several goals that make the life of
     software developers easier, e.g. support for running blocks as
     webapps or support for patching the web.xml at deployment time.

   * Cocoon Block Archetype 1.0.0
     This archetype creates a Cocoon block that comes with some
     small samples.

   * Cocoon Plain-Block Archetype 1.0.0
     Use this archetype to create the simplest possible Cocoon block.

   * Cocoon Webapp Archetype 1.0.0
     Use this archetype to create a web application that is configured to
     host Cocoon blocks.

The Apache Cocoon Project

Reinhard Pötz                           Managing Director, {Indoqa} GmbH

Member of the Apache Software Foundation
Apache Cocoon Committer, PMC member, PMC Chair

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