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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: ANN: GNU Classpath 0.20 released
Date Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:26:33 GMT
Congrats!

Mark Wielaard wrote:
> GNU Classpath 0.20 released
> 
> GNU Classpath, essential libraries for java, is a project to create
> free core class libraries for use with runtimes, compilers and tools
> for the java programming language.
> 
> The GNU Classpath developer snapshot releases are not directly aimed
> at the end user but are meant to be integrated into larger development
> platforms. For example the GCC (gcj) and Kaffe projects will use the
> developer snapshots as a base for future versions. More projects based
> on GNU Classpath: http://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/stories.html
> 
> Some highlights of changes in this release (more extensive list below):
> 
>   New StAX pull parser and SAX-over-StAX driver. Full XMLEncoder
>   implementation. The packages javax.sound.sampled, javax.print.attribute
>   and javax.print.event have been implemented. Lots of new datatransfer,
>   print, swing and swing.text work. Performance improvements in the
>   painting/layout mechanism. Additional 1.5 support, including (separate)
>   generic branch release. SecurityManager cleanups and start of review
>   of all Permission checks. Buildable on cygwin. Fully buildable as
>   "in-workspace" library-plus-vm inside (native) Eclipse. Real world
>   Free Swing and CORBA example added.
> 
> GNU Classpath 0.20 also comes in a "generic" version.
> classpath-0.20-generics contains a version of the core library
> that uses the new 1.5 language features such as generics and
> enumerations. ECJ, JamVM, IKVM and Cacao are known to support the
> generics release (*). And you should be able to run Eclipse 3.1 with
> it to develop programs that use the new 1.5 language and core library
> additions. classpath-generics is a work in progress and not as
> extensively tested as our regular releases. But please try it out if
> you want to help us test the new 1.5 support of the core libraries.
> 
> (*) There is one additional VM interface needed for the VMClassLoader
>     static final Class defineClassWithTransformers(ClassLoader loader,
>         String name, byte[] data, int offset, int len, ProtectionDomain pd)
>     Which is used for the new java.management.instrumentation support.
>     See the VM Integration Guide for more details:
>     http://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/docs/vmintegration.html
> 
> Thanks to a donation of Berkeley Signal Inc GNU Classpath now has an
> official autobuilder machine which is used for quality assurance,
> regression testing, conformance reports and for publishing continous
> snapshots. The machine can be reached as http://builder.classpath.org/
> 
> 40 people actively contributed to this release and made
> 605 CVS commits during the last two months of development
> (excluding the generics branch work). diffstat since 0.19:
>  617 files changed, 89622 insertions(+), 37478 deletions(-)
> 
> More details about the various changes and contributions below.
> 
> A full list of bug reports fixed for this release can be found at:
> http://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/buglist.cgi?product=classpath&target_milestone=0.20
> 
> The GNU Classpath developers site http://developer.classpath.org/
> provides detailed information on how to start with helping the GNU
> Classpath project and gives an overview of the core class library
> packages currently provided.  For each snapshot release generated
> documentation is provided through the GNU Classpath Tools gjdoc
> project.  A documentation generation framework for java source
> files used by the GNU project. Full documentation on the currently
> implementated packages and classes can be found at:
> http://developer.classpath.org/doc/
> 
> For more information about the project see also:
> 
> - GNU Classpath home page:
>   http://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/
> 
> - GNU Classpath and Friends meeting (Feb 25/26, Brussels, Fosdem):
>   http://www.gnu.org/software/classpath/events/fosdem06.html
> 
> - Developer information (wiki):
>   http://developer.classpath.org/
> 
> - Full class documentation
>   http://developer.classpath.org/doc/
> 
> - GNU Classpath hackers:
>   http://planet.classpath.org/
> 
> - Autobuilder, current build status, build snapshots:
>   http://builder.classpath.org/
> 
> - Application test pages (wiki)
>   http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/FreeAWTTestApps
>   http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/FreeSwingTestApps
>   http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/FreeSWTTestApps
> 
> - GNU Classpath hacking with Eclipse (wiki)
>   http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/ClasspathHackingWithEclipse
> 
> - GNU Classpath promotion banners:
>   http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/ClasspathBanners
> 
> This release depends on gtk+ 2.4 for AWT support. But gtk+ 2.6 or
> higher is recommended. Included, but not activated by default in this
> release is a Graphics2D implementation based on the Cairo Graphics
> framework (http://www.cairographics.org). Enabling this makes programs
> like JFreeChart and JEdit start up on GNU Classpath based runtimes.
> To enable this support install the cairo 0.5.x snapshot, configure GNU
> Classpath with --enable-gtk-cairo.
> 
> One of the major focuses of the GNU Classpath project is expanding and
> using the Mauve test suite for Compatibility, Completeness and
> Correctness checking.  Various groups around GNU Classpath collaborate
> on the free software Mauve test suite which contains around 36.000
> core library tests.  Mauve has various modules for testing core class
> library implementations, byte code verifiers, source to byte code and
> native code compiler tests.  Mauve also contains the Wonka visual test
> suite and the Jacks Compiler Killer Suite.
> See for more information: http://www.sourceware.org/mauve/
> This release passes 35534 out of 36255 Mauve core library tests.
> 
> Conformance reports for the included jaxp support can be found in the
> doc/README.jaxp file.
> 
> GNU Classpath 0.20 can be downloaded from
> ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/classpath/
> or one of the ftp.gnu.org mirrors
> http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html
> 
> File: classpath-0.20.tar.gz
> MD5sum: 21e34b8e8acb4f7b31296bfaf4ad560a
> SHA1sum: c1a38c6c6b67d8c8092cc6af6d86d8c99dad272a
> 
> File: classpath-0.20-generics.tar.gz (EXPERIMENTAL)
> MD5sum: db3c235b1ea497d7d2e5852f167d2b31
> SHA1sum: 3d5f5cdd3dc51651f8b2c3765e30454931f45419
> 
> New in release 0.20 (Jan 13, 2006)
> (See the ChangeLog file for a full list of changes.)
> 
> * New StAX pull parser and SAX-over-StAX driver. Lots of DOM, SAX/StAX,
>   XPath and XSLT improvements.  Support for XInclude and XML Base added.
>   Conformance is now regularly tested against various test-suites at
>   http://builder.classpath.org/xml/ See also doc/README.jaxp.
> 
> * Full beans XMLEncoder implementation.
> 
> * javax.sound.sampled implementation.
> 
> * javax.print.attribute and javax.print.event implementated.
> 
> * Lots of new datatransfer, print swing and swing.text work and optimization.
> 
> * Additional 1.5 support. Including new (separate) generic branch release.
> 
> * SecurityManager cleanups and start of review of all Permission checks
>   (includes adding lots of new checks to the Mauve test-suite).
> 
> * Buildable on cygwin.
> 
> * Fully buildable as "in-workspace" library-plus-vm inside (native) Eclipse
>   see http://developer.classpath.org/mediation/ClasspathHackingWithEclipse
> 
> * Full example that shows a real world CORBA and Free Swing implementation.
>   See examples/gnu/classpath/examples/CORBA/swing/README.html
> 
> Runtime interface changes:
> 
> * New method VMStackWalker.getClassLoader() was added to avoid an infinite
>   loop between getCallingClassLoader() and Class.getClassLoader().
> 
> * The included fdlibm implementation has seen several cleanups to handle
>   new architectures and namespacing issues (in particular for ppc, darwin
>   and non-C99 compilers). Please double check any arithmetic test against
>   new platforms/runtimes.
> 
> * The gnu.java.net.Plain[Datagram]Socket implementations have been
>   turned into VM reference classes with JNI/Posix implementations.
> 
> New/Untested/Disabled Features:
> 
>   The following new features are included, but not ready for
>   production yet. They are explicitly disabled and not supported. But
>   if you want to help with the development of these new features we
>   are interested in feedback. You will have to explicitly enable them
>   to try them out (and they will most likely contain bugs). If you are
>   interested in any of these then please join the mailing-list and
>   follow development in CVS.
> 
> * Cairo Gtk+ Graphics2D support, enabled by giving configure
>   --enable-gtk-cairo.
> * QT4 AWT peers, enable by giving configure --enable-qt-peer.
> 
> The following people helped with this release:
> 
> Andreas Tobler
>   Qt-4.1 support
> Andrew Haley
>   Jar work and Jonas fixes
> Andrew John Hughes
>   1.5 generics language work
> Anthony Balkissoon
>   Free Swing work
> Anthony Green
>   Socket work
> Archie Cobbs
>   New VMStackWalker work and JCVM integration
> Audrius Meskauskas
>   Free CORBA work and various Free Swing fixes
> Bryce McKinlay
>   Jar fixes
> Caolan McNamara
>   Dom fixes and OpenOffice fixes
> Casey Marshall
>   Crypto work
> Chris Burdess
>   XML GNU JAXP work
> Christian Thalinger
>   Various fixes, 64bit work and Cacao integration
> Dalibor Topic
>   Build cleanups and Kaffe integration
> David Daney
>   libgcj integration
> David Gilbert
>   Free Swing work
> Freebeans
>   Mysaifu Windows CE port and bug reports
> Fridjof Siebert
>   Hashtable work
> Gary Benson
>   Securitymanager and Permission work
> Guilhem Lavaux
>   fdlibm cleanups, performance work and Kaffe integration
> Ingo Proetel
>   Various fixes
> Ito Kazumitsu
>   Regex, text and character conversion support
> Jan Roehrich
>   Datatransfer work
> Jeroen Frijters
>   SecurityManager, collections and IKVM integration
> Joao Victor
>   Free Swing Timer work
> John Zigman
>   SocketChannel testing
> Keith Seitz
>   JDWP work
> Lillian Angel
>   Free Swing work
> Mark Wielaard
>   Bug fixes, packaging and release management
> Nicolas Geoffray
>   1.5 Class Instrumentation work
> Paul Jenner
>   Installation and cygwin work
> Petteri Raty
>   Configuration and Gentoo integration work
> Raif S. Naffah
>   Security work and Eclipse integration
> Riccardo Mottola
>   Powerpc work
> Robert Schuster
>   XMLEncoder and beans work
> Roman Kennke
>   Free Swing and AWT work, VM interface
> Roman Schnider
>   AWT work
> Sven de Marothy
>   Print and GTK+ work
> Thomas Fitzsimmons
>   Free Swing and AWT work
> Tom Tromey
>   Eclipse, gcj and gcjx integration
> Wolfgang Baer
>   javax.print and friends
> 
> We would also like to thank the numerous bug reporters and testers!
> 

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