Sunday, October 24, 2010

Unsupported Operation 17

Unsupported Operation Episode (mp3) 17

Theme music is “Emotional Upgrade” by John Zeeley, used under Creative Commons.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Unsupported Operation 16

Unsupported Operation 16

It’s been a few weeks since the last Unsupported Operation, but we’re back with another set of news and views (mp3).






  • AquaFold 9 - new Open APIs
  • Eclipse Virgo Milestone 5 - Milestone 5 of Eclipse Virgo 2.1.0 is available from the download page. We plan to ship the 2.1.0 release by the end of October. Highlights of this milestone:
    • Upgrade Equinox to 3.6.1
    • Remove unnecessary bundles from kernel and shrink the classpath
    • Distinguish more clearly between kernel and web server in documentation
    • Bug 325334: Import-Bundle of fragment that does not specify bundle version range
    • Rename service scoping control property
    • Various diagnostic improvements
    • Improve permission handling in Windows startup scripts and document a workaround
    • Add empty pickup directory to kernel zip
    • Various minor improvements
  • Netbeans 6.10 renamed to Netbeans 7.0


  • Maven 3
  • Maven Release Plugin 2.1
  • Maven Assembly Plugin 2.2
  • Maven Antrun Plugin 1.6
  • Maven Common Artifact Filters 1.3
  • Maven Java EE 6 archetypes 1.2 released
  • Maven Checkstyle Plugin 2.6
  • Maven Linkcheck Plugin 1.0.1
  • Apache Wicket 1.4.12 released, this release brings a fix to a critical bug which prevented ajax form submits in FireFox.
  • Apache Wicket 1.5-M2.1 - This is the second milestone of the new 1.5.x Wicket series. The focus of 1.5.x is to provide our users with a more powerful and flexible request processing pipeline. This release is NOT production-ready, it is more of a technology demo that should facilitate user-feedback we can fold into the next milestone. New and noteworthy items in this milestone include Inter-component event mechanism which allows components to communicate in a decoupled fashion, and improved resource caching.
  • Apache Buildr 1.4.3 released, addressed a critical fault where zip/jars could be corrupted, but a whole lot of other changes as well. Buildr is a cross between Ant and Maven, like Gradle, but written in Ruby
  • Apache Derby released
    • Derby is a slow as buggery Java RDBMS that is included in JDK6
    • This release addresses a data corruption issue for unique index corruption. Existing unique nullable constraints may need to be repaired [1].
      Users may also want to consider the recently found upgrade issue regarding triggers[2].
    • Adds in localization for new messages created in 10.6
    • Derby is used in Glassfish
  • Apache CXF 2.3.0 finally released - Lots in this release, probably biggest for me is @WSDLDocumentation. What’s new in CXF 2.3.0:
    • JAX-WS 2.2 Compliant (passes TCK)
    • JAX-RS 1.1 Compliant (passes TCK)
    • New annotations for Java first use cases to reduce the need for external configuration and provide more control over the runtime and generated WSDL
    • @WSDLDocumentation annotation to add documentation nodes to generated wsdl
    • @SchemaValidation annotation to turn on schema validation
    • @DataBinding to set the databinding used (if other than JAXB)
    • @GZIP to turn on GZIP compression
    • @FastInfoset to turn on FastInfoset support
    • @Logging to turn on and control various Logging functionality
    • @EndpointProperty to configure endpoint properties
    • @Policy to associate WS-Policy documents with the service
    • SOAP/JMS spec implementation. While CXF has supported SOAP over JMS since 2.0, there wasn’t a standard specification to describe how it
      should be done so different vendors did things differently and
      interoperability was impossible. The new SOAP/JMS specification
      support implements the new SOAP/JMS spec to achieve a higher
      degree of interoperability.
    • SDO databinding
    • Schema Validation support for Aegis Databinding if Woodstox 4 is used for the Stax parser