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From Mark Thomas <ma...@apache.org>
Subject [ANN] Apache Tomcat 8.0.5 (beta) available
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:22:35 GMT
The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache
Tomcat 8.0.5 (beta).

Apache Tomcat 8 is an open source software implementation of the Java
Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java
WebSocket technologies.

Apache Tomcat 8 is aligned with Java EE 7. In addition to supporting
updated versions of the Java EE specifications, Tomcat 8 includes a
number of improvements compared to Tomcat 7. The notable changes
include:

- Support for Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified
  Expression Language 3.0 and Java WebSocket 1.0.

- The default connector implementation is now the Java non-blocking
  implementation (NIO) for both HTTP and AJP.

- A new resources implementation that replaces Aliases, VirtualLoader,
  VirtualDirContext, JAR resources and external repositories with a
  single, consistent approach for configuring additional web
  application resources. The new resources implementation can also be
  used to implement overlays (using a master WAR as the basis for
  multiple web applications that each have their own
  customizations).


Apache Tomcat 8.0.5 includes numerous fixes for issues identified
in 8.0.3 as well as a number of other enhancements and changes. The
notable changes since 8.0.3 include:

- Update the Eclipse JDT compiler to enable full Java 8 support in JSPs.
- Update the default database connection pool implementation based on a
  repackaged Apache Commons DBCP to use the DBCP 2.0 release.
- Add new, experimental HTTP and AJP connectors based on NIO2.

Please refer to the change log for the complete list of changes:
http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-8.0-doc/changelog.html

The purpose of this beta release is to give users an opportunity to test
Tomcat 8 and to provide feedback to the Tomcat community. Although it is
a beta release, it is expected to run stably and is being used in
production at the ASF for the ASF's Jira instance. The beta status is
primarily because the Tomcat developers feel more feedback is required
before a stable release because there may be a small amount of further
refactoring.

Note: This version has 4 zip binaries: a generic one and three
      bundled with Tomcat native binaries for Windows operating systems
      running on different CPU architectures.

Downloads:
http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Migration guides from Apache Tomcat 5.5.x, 6.0.x and 7.0.x:
http://tomcat.apache.org/migration.html

Enjoy!

- The Apache Tomcat team

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