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From Henri Yandell <>
Subject Re: Newsletter - Request for content
Date Sun, 01 Dec 2002 03:47:15 GMT

Sorry for the lateness Rob. Tbh I've been completely in holiday mood and
have been relaxing. I'll Cc to the Commons mail list and let anyone there
correct me/add to it [if someone does, make sure to include Rob in the



November saw the release of two new projects from Jakarta Commons, and the
release of a bugfix for another project.

Commons Validator 1.0 was mentioned in the previous newsletter. It was
released on November 1st and is a validation framework from the Struts

Commons CLI 1.0 was released on the 6th of November and is an API for
parsing command line arguments. It is the direct descendant of 3 older
argument parsing APIs and other APIs have affected it over mail list
discussions. This gives it a very high pedigree and makes it a great
choice for handling the command line.

Commons Lang 1.0.1 is the first bugfix release for the Lang project. There
are no new APIs or deprecated functionalities, so all Commons Lang users
are advised to upgrade, although the bugfixes are not earth-shattering.


November was quiet for Commons, as it was for all of Apache. Indeed, the
Commons mail list dropped by 35%.

The Patterns project in the Sandbox has been mothballed as its code is to
go into Commons Lang and Commons Util. Work has begun on moving the
BeanUtils reflection code over to Commons Lang and various BeanUtils bugs
were dealt with.

A new database utility project has been proposed with generic JDBC(tm)
utilities and lives under the name of 'DbUtils' in the sandbox and a
project named 'attributes' has been proposed to handle runtime
metadata attributes.


Obviously I only really put what I remember from the month and reading the
mail list again. Jelly had lots of work, but I've no clue what as it's
mainly commits.

If there have been any articles, [Not the 2 Digester ones and 1 Lang ones,
they were last month] then they'd be useful too.


On Fri, 29 Nov 2002, Rob Oxspring wrote:

> Hello again,
> We're very nearly done with another month so it's time to pester
> people about the newsletter again.  As usual, I've cc'd those that
> submitted content last month in the hope that they will either submit
> something again, or manage to persuade someone else to take over
> writing for the November issue.
> If anybody else fancies doing a write up of the progress in some
> Jakarta project it then please send it in.  For a inspiration on
> content and style you can review previous entries at
>, although new styles and ideas
> are welcome too.
> Planned timescale: Submissions sent to me by midnight Monday
> 2-Dec-2002. Drafts will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday as needed
> for alterations and last minuters. Final copy sent out on
> midday 5-Nov-2002 All times GMT.
> Thanks,
> Rob

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