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From "Antonio Petrelli" <antonio.petre...@gmail.com>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Tiles 2.1.0 Beta released
Date Sat, 06 Sep 2008 14:29:10 GMT
The Apache Tiles team is pleased to announce the release of Tiles 2.1.0
Beta.

Tiles 2.1.0 is available in a binary and a source distribution.

http://tiles.apache.org/download-21.html

It is also available in the central Maven repository under Group ID
"org.apache.tiles".

The 2.1.x series of the Apache Tiles framework has a minimum
requirement of the following specification versions:

* Java Servlet 2.4 and JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.0
* Java Standard Edition (Java SE) 1.5

The release notes are available online at:

* https://issues.apache.org/struts/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=10160&styleName=Html&version=21831

Please feel free to test the distribution and post your comments to
the user list, or, if appropriate, file a ticket with JIRA.

-- Summary of new features --
* nested definitions: put an unnamed definition as an attribute
directly using tags or XML files;
* wildcard support: wildcards are put in definition name and use
positional markings ({1}, {2}...) to specify how to build attributes;
* EL support in XML files;
* backword compatibility with Tiles 1.x definition files;
* pure Java code configuration;
* list attributes may be added to an overridden attribute;
* cascade attributes: if you want, attributes defined in a definition
can be cascaded to underlying definitions;
* example in tiles-test webapp of a DB-based definitions DAO;
* template override in definitions in JSP tags;

Under the hood:
* better exception handling;
* introduced the concept of "definitions DAO" to allow loading of
definitions in various ways (e.g. from a DB);
* introduced the concept of "Attribute renderer" for rendering
strings, definitions, templates or everything you want.

Thanks
Antonio

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