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From Henri Yandell <bay...@generationjava.com>
Subject Re: [DRAFT1] Jakarta Newsletter - October 2002
Date Tue, 05 Nov 2002 22:45:48 GMT

Commons
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Releases
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October has seen many new releases from the Jakarta Commons project.

* Commons Lang 1.0 was released on October 4th, a set of very generic
components for use in any Java project.

http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-commons/release/commons-lang/v1.0/RELEASE-NOTES.txt

* Commons Collections 2.1 was released on the 21st of October. Buffers and
Decorators were added, along with IteratorUtils and ComaparatorUtils.

http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-commons/release/commons-collections/v2.1/RELEASE-NOTES-2.1.html

* Commons BeanUtils 1.5 was released two days later. All bugs in Bugzilla
were cleared out and a BeanComparator was added.

http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-commons/release/commons-beanutils/v1.5/RELEASE-NOTES.txt

* Commons Validator had its first release, at 1.0, on the first of
November.  Technically not October news, but we're so excited we don't
care. Validator comes out of the Struts project and is designed to make
validating fields of data easier.

http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-commons/release/commons-validator/v1.0/RELEASE-NOTES.txt

Articles
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The Digester project was the subject of an article at OnJava.

http://www.onjava.com/pub/a/onjava/2002/10/23/digester.html

The Lang project was the subject of an article at Builder.

http://builder.com.com/article.jhtml?id=u00320021017yan01.htm&page=1&vf=tt

Gossip
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There is much talk over a new Clazz project, hiding away in the
Commons-Sandbox. Stephen Colebourne and Dmitri Plotnikov have been leading
a set of long threads on this. Aspects of this may see the BeanUtils
project transferring some of its low-level code over to Lang to assist in
Java Reflection.

The Lang project will be consuming some aspects of the Patterns [located
in the sandbox] project's classes.

The FileUpload project has moved from the sandbox to the main Commons
repository. So expect a release to sneak onto the horizon in the next few
months here.

October was also home to a lot of talk on a new Apache-level project known
as the Apache-Commons. Inspired by you know who, it seeks to provide
reusable components with a level of language agnosticism. Figuring out how
the old Jakarta Commons works with the new Apache Commons will probably
take up time over the next half a year.


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How does that look Rob??


Hen



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