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From Daniel Kulp <dk...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Apache CXF 2.1 Released!
Date Mon, 28 Apr 2008 19:23:28 GMT

The Apache Incubator CXF team is proud to announce the availability of 
the 2.1 release! 

Apache CXF is an open source services framework. CXF helps you build
and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS. These 
services can speak a variety of protocols such as SOAP, XML/HTTP, 
RESTful HTTP, or CORBA and work over a variety of transports such as 
HTTP, JMS or JBI. 

CXF includes a broad feature set, but it is primarily focused on the 
following areas: 
 
* Web Services Standards Support: CXF supports a variety of web service 
standards including SOAP, the WSI Basic Profile, WSDL, WS-Addressing, 
WS-Policy, WS-ReliableMessaging, and WS-Security. 
 
* Frontends: CXF supports a variety of "frontend" programming models. CXF    
provides a JAX-WS 2.1 Compliant frontend. It also includes a "simple 
frontend" which allows creation of clients and endpoints without    
annotations. CXF supports both contract first development with WSDL and    
code first development starting from Java.
 
* Ease of use: CXF is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. There    
are simple APIs to quickly build code-first services, Maven plug-ins to    
make tooling integration easy, JAX-WS API support, Spring 2.0 XML 
support to make configuration a snap, and much more.

What's new in CXF 2.1:
* JAX-WS 2.1 support - the JAX-WS implementation has been updated to the 
JAX-WS 2.1 specification level.  Code generatation is JAX-WS 2.1/JAXB 
2.1 compliant.

* Initial implementation of JAX-RS 0.6 REST based service framework.

* Javascript client generation and support - SOAP based endpoints can 
have javascript clients created automatically with ?js URL.  There is 
also command line tooling.

* CORBA binding merged from Yoko - JAX-WS Clients/Servers can talk IIOP 
to allow communication with other CORBA processess.  Tooling for IDL -> 
WSDL, WSDL -> IDL, etc... are there to support this.

* New java2ws tooling to support better "java first" development 
patterns.

* xmlbeans runtime support to allow using XmlBeans for the data model.

* MANY MANY bugfixes, performance enhancements, etc...  Too numerous to 
list individually.

Finally, the major new "non-code" feature:
* This is our first release after graduating from the incubator as a Top 
Level Project.  Thus, this is a full "non-incubator" release.  :-)

As always, we welcome feedback on our mailing lists:
http://cxf.apache.org/mailing-lists.html

Downloads are available from:
http://cxf.apache.org/download.html


Thanks!
The Apache CXF Team 
http://cxf.apache.org/

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