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From Steven Noels <>
Subject [Fwd: invitation to check out dbdoc/ashkelon]
Date Tue, 30 Jul 2002 09:46:56 GMT
fyi - looks cool

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: invitation to check out dbdoc/ashkelon
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 22:36:13 -0500
From: "Eitan Suez" <>
Reply-To: "Jakarta General List" <>
To: <>

dear jakarata'ers,

   a few months back i posted a message about a project
   i was working on called dbdoc (not that i expect
   anyone to recall the post).  at that time, i was still
   mulling open-sourcing the app.  the feedback i got
   from several of you was very positive (jon, i am
   very proud of the fact that you once called it
   'very cool softare').

   dbdoc is now open source project 'ashkelon' at  there's an article currently out
   that discusses the technical aspects of dbdoc on the
   sun site (at ).  dbdoc still needs a lot
   of work but i'm glad it seems to be gathering
   a little momentum in terms of persons interested
   in spending their spare time contributing to the
   code base.

   ashkelon is basically a different way of compiling
   and serving javadocs that leverages a sql database
   (like mysql or oracle) and dynamic page serving
   systems.  the viewer app currently has two gui's:

     - a modern dhtml gui that now works in both
       ie 5.x & 6.x and mozilla 1.x
     - a "classic" look & feel that mimics the javadoc
       style we all know and love

   the main reason i started and pursued this project
   is a rooted belief that there's value to the community
   in having a multi-api java api documentation system.
   i think lots can be done with it (after it's made
   more robust and better integrated with other jakarta
   api's) such as having a central site for java developers
   to reference javadocs for many popular open-source api's
   (i.e. apache).

   i invite you to download or just try out dbdoc at and look forward to your input (good &

thanks, eitan

(eitan suez
  austin texas)

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Steven Noels                  
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center            

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