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From Gary Gregory <>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Apache Commons Codec 1.4 released
Date Sun, 23 Aug 2009 03:04:14 GMT
The commons-codec team is pleased to announce the Commons Codec 1.4 release!

The codec package contains simple encoder and decoders for various formats such as Base64
and Hexadecimal. In addition to these widely used encoders and decoders, the codec package
also maintains a collection of phonetic encoding utilities.

o Codec 1.4 is binary compatible with Codec 1.3
o Codec 1.4 has a minimum requirement of JDK 1.4

Changes in this version include:

  New Features:

o [CODEC-60] Implement Caverphone.
o [CODEC-52] Digest on InputStreams.
o [CODEC-39] DigestUtils: Add methods for SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512.
o [CODEC-69] Streaming Base64 (Base64InputStream and Base64OutputStream added).
o [CODEC-59] Add methods to Base64 which work with String instead of byte[]

  Fixed bugs:

o [CODEC-77] Base64 bug with empty input (new byte[0]).
o [CODEC-72] Soundex and RefinedSoundex issues with character arrays.
o [CODEC-71] Base64.isArrayByteBase64() method is inefficient for large byte arrays.
o [CODEC-70] Thread safety and malicious code safety improvements.
o [CODEC-68] isBase64 throws ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException on some non-BASE64 bytes.
o [CODEC-65] Fix case-insensitive string handling.
o [CODEC-61] Base64.encodeBase64() throws NegativeArraySizeException on large files.
o [CODEC-58] Character set used by Base64 not documented.
o [CODEC-56] RefinedSoundex creates instance before al fields have been initialized.
o [CODEC-51] Test failures in SoundexTest
o [CODEC-10] Using US_ENGLISH in Soundex caused an NullPointerException.
o [CODEC-6]  Source tarball spews files all over the place.
o [CODEC-22] Base64.isArrayByteBase64() throws an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException for negative
o [CODEC-78] Base64: Improve Code Coverage
o [CODEC-81] Base64's new constructor parameters ignored
o [CODEC-83] Improve Double Metaphone test coverage
o [CODEC-84] Double Metaphone bugs in alternative encoding
o [CODEC-73] Make string2byte conversions indepedent of platform default encoding


o [CODEC-75] Make Base64 URL-safe
o [CODEC-74] Allow for uppercase letters output in Hex.encodeHex().
o [CODEC-40] Add crypto-compatible BigInteger encoding support to Base64.

Have fun!
-The commons-codec team

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