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From "Rony G. Flatscher" <Rony.Flatsc...@wu-wien.ac.at>
Subject Draft for the release notes for the RC ...
Date Sat, 09 Sep 2006 21:26:51 GMT
Hi there,

went over all the logs and tried to come up with a brief, yet 
informative text for the release notes, which at the end includes the 
names of all the persons who have contributed one way or the other in 
the past three years. Please post any suggestions to 
change/enhance/shorten the text via this list.

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 you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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BSF 2.4, RC 1, 2006-09-09

Release notes for BSF 2.4 (http://jakarta.apache.org/bsf)

About the "Bean Scripting Framework (BSF)"

BSF allows Java programmers to easily deploy scripts written in many scripting
(like) languages like JavaScript, JLog (PROLOG) Jython, Rexx, and use even XSLT
with the same simple, but powerful BSF APIs.

It is possible to supply arguments and retrieve result values from the scripts,
as well as sharing Java objects among each other (and among all scripts that are
deployed with the help of the same BSF manager).

BSF itself can be deployed starting with Java version 1.3, but some scripting
languages may need newer versions of Java.

This release is meant to be fully compatible with any previous version of BSF.

Changes to previous release candidate

- Bug fixes, e.g.

        - datatype conversion now encompasses the oversighted primitive datatype
          "char" into account (class 'TypeConvertor.java',

        - dynamic event adapter creation now succeeds

        - fixed a few spelling errors in the code

- Enhancements, changes, e.g.

        - can be used as an extension package to Java by placing it into
          "jre/lib/ext" [using the thread's context classloader, ie. the result
          of 'Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader()']

        - removed experimental 'DebugLog' class, superceded by commons-logging
          and log4j

        - removed 'org.apache.bsf.engines.activescript.*', as it is not
          supported anymore (stems from the original IBM codebase, but would
          need native Windows code to bridge OLE/ActiveX)

        - removed 'org.apache.bsf.engines.jpython', as it is superceded by
          the newer 'org.apache.bsf.engines.jython'

        - 'org.apache.bsf.BSFMain.java': new method
          "public String getVersion()", returns string in the form
          'abb.yyyymmdd', where 'a' is major number, 'bb' minor number,
          'yyyy' four digit year, 'mm' two digit month, 'dd' two digit day;
          e.g. '240.20060909' stands for: BSF version 2.4 as of 2006-09-09

        - new class 'org.apache.bsf.utils.BSFEventProcessorReturningEventInfos'

        - 'org.apache.bsf.utils.EngineUtils.java': added the method

People who have contributed to this release one way or the other
(order by first name)

        Don Schwarz
        Henning P. Schmiedehausen
        Igor Bukanov
        Kev Jackson
        Nandika Jayawardana
        Nilupa Bandara
        Rony G. Flatscher
        Sanjiva Weerawarana
        Sanka Samaranayke
        Thomas Klaeger (Kl&auml;ger)
        Victor J. Orlikowski


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