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From Mark Thomas <ma...@apache.org>
Subject [ANN] Apache Tomcat 8.0.0-RC5 (alpha) available
Date Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:43:32 GMT
The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache
Tomcat 8.0.0-RC5 (alpha).

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 8.0.0-RC5 includes numerous fixes for issues identified in
RC1 as well as a number of other enhancements and changes. The notable
changes since RC3 include:

- Improved stability of the APR/native connector when using WebSocket

- A new drawing board example has been added to the WebSocket examples.

- Support has been added for directly serving gzipped versions of a
  resource via the default servlet.

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 release candidate is to give users an opportunity to
test Tomcat 8 and provide feedback to the Tomcat community. It has been
given an alpha status which means that it is not judged as being ready
for production usage. The implementations of the 4 Java EE 7
specifications are all complete but there is some internal refactoring
to be completed before the alpha label is removed.

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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