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From Ceki Gülcü <c...@qos.ch>
Subject RE: [DRAFT] Jakarta Newsletter - July 2002
Date Tue, 06 Aug 2002 01:09:42 GMT
At 17:52 05.08.2002 -0700, Mark Womack wrote:
>I'll take a crack at it.  Not every posted message gets mentioned, just the
>major highlights?

Yes, just the messages you deem important.

>Is there an expected format?

Emulate the format of the messages already submitted (see below). 
Otherwise, the format is plain text.

Thanks Mark.

>-Mark
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ceki Gülcü [mailto:ceki@qos.ch]
> > Sent: Monday, August 05, 2002 5:27 PM
> > To: log4j-dev@jakarta.apache.org
> > Subject: Fwd: [DRAFT] Jakarta Newsletter - July 2002
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Given that I am preparing the next draft of the complete
> > log4j manual before
> > leaving on vacation, I do not have the time to submit a log4j related
> > news item. Would anyone else like to take over?
> >
> > Thank in advance,
> >
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> > >From: "Rob Oxspring" <roxspring@imapmail.org>
> > >To: "'Jakarta General List'" <general@jakarta.apache.org>
> > >Subject: [DRAFT] Jakarta Newsletter - July 2002
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> > >Jakarta Newsletter
> > >==================
> > >Issue: 2
> > >Date: July 2002
> > >Url: http://jakarta.apache.org/site/news/200207.html
> > >
> > >Well, another month has passed and its time for the second monthly
> > >review of whats been going on at Jakarta. The Ant team have
> > been working
> > >through some of the ideas dubbed too controversial for 1.5, while the
> > >Avalon bunch have been fixing up their documentation. CLI have been
> > >merging the Avalon-CLI code with their own new features and the
> > >Discovery and Morphos projects finally got some CVS space.
> > Finally OJB
> > >and Struts have been in a bug fixing phase.
> > >
> > >Once again I want to thank those who contributed and hope
> > that you enjoy
> > >the read. If you would like to comment further on any of the
> > highlighted
> > >discussions then please do so on the appropriate list, if you want to
> > >comment on the newsletter itself then please point your comments to
> > >general@jakarta.apache.org.
> > >
> > >Rob Oxspring
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Contents
> > >--------
> > >General
> > >Ant
> > >Avalon
> > >Commons
> > >ObJectRelationalBridge
> > >Struts
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >General
> > >=======
> > >Editor: Rob Oxspring
> > >
> > >After being "beaten up heavily" the last time he proposed it, Pier
> > >Fumagalli decided to have a second attempt at allowing people to be
> > >members of the Jakarta community without being involved in a
> > particular
> > >codebase first [1]. The opinions were mixed as before and one of the
> > >proposed solutions was to promote the jakarta-site CVS
> > module to normal
> > >subproject status, again views were mixed [2].
> > >
> > >Apache software often involves external tools and libraries and a
> > >recurring topic on the mailing lists involves how the
> > licences of these
> > >libraries interact with the ASF's own licences. This month
> > there were a
> > >couple of useful summaries of the major points to watch out for [3]
> > >although as ever, don't expect a definitive answer here - speak to a
> > >good software lawyer instead.
> > >
> > >Richard Pitt of TogetherSoft offered Jakarta an academic licence for
> > >ControlCenter so that UML diagrams could be produced and
> > maintained for
> > >jakarta projects [4] WHATS THE CONCLUSION HERE?.
> > >
> > >The POI team were a little concerned that some potential new
> > logos may
> > >come a little close to the MS Office(tm) originals, the
> > discussion took
> > >place on general to get a broader opinion base and the mood was
> > >pessimistic [5].
> > >
> > >[1] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102580965400001&r=1&w=2&n=33
> > >[2] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102811263900001&r=1&w=2&n=10
> > >[3] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102762881600004&r=1&w=2&n=11
> > >[4] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102708393700004&r=1&w=2&n=86
> > >[5] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102641802400002&r=1&w=2&n=8
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Ant
> > >===
> > >"Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool"
> > >Editor: Erik Hatcher
> > >
> > >Ant has been modified to support all tasks outside of
> > <target> (in the
> > >current CVS version only, at the moment) [1].
> > >
> > >Costin Monolache is spearheading an implementation of an <import>
> > >facility with much discussion of the gory details of how
> > this will work
> > >especially with the -projecthelp switch. This work is in the
> > >proposal/embed tree of Ant's CVS [2].
> > >
> > >A large discussion on target-less build files has occurred
> > [3, 4, 5, 6]
> > >
> > >Erik Hatcher and Steve Loughran, with Manning's permission,
> > contributed
> > >a concise and accurate Ant 1.5 PDF task reference from their
> > >hot-off-the-press Java Development with Ant book. This lives in Ant's
> > >CVS and will likely be included in any bug fix releases of
> > Ant 1.5 [14,
> > >15].
> > >
> > >Costin started a large thread with "itches for Ant 1.6" [9]. Steve
> > >Loughran followed with his wishlist for the next version of Ant [7].
> > >
> > >Splitting optional.jar into separate JAR libraries was a hot topic in
> > >July [8].
> > >
> > >Conor MacNeill withdraws his Mutant Ant2 proposal [10].
> > >
> > >By far the most active thread was on the never-ending topic of Ant2,
> > >with notable discussions of importing reusable project pieces and
> > >project extensibility and overridability [11].
> > >
> > >dIon Gillard stirred things up with an "inflamatory e-mail"
> > early in the
> > >month, sparking lots of Ant2 discussion [12].
> > >
> > >Last, but not least - Ant 1.5 was released and has proven
> > itself solid
> > >[13].
> > >
> > >[1] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=101543270100009&r=1&w=2&n=17
> > >[2] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102767954900003&r=1&w=2&n=14
> > >[3] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102750506600002&r=1&w=2&n=27
> > >[4] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102704723700002&r=1&w=2&n=32
> > >[5] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102740536200001&r=1&w=2&n=16
> > >[6] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102697608600008&r=1&w=2&n=38
> > >[7] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102736845700003&r=1&w=2&n=37
> > >[8] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102689872400003&r=1&w=2&n=44
> > >[9] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102649786700004&r=1&w=2&n=42
> > >[10] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102635682000001&r=1&w=2&n=36
> > >[11] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102608695800001&r=1&w=2&n=91
> > >[12] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102604006200002&r=1&w=2&n=40
> > >[13] - http://jakarta.apache.org/builds/jakarta-ant/release/v1.5/
> > >[14] -
> > >http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/*checkout*/jakarta-ant/docs
> > /appendix_e
> > >.pdf?rev=1.1&content-type=application/pdf
> > >[15] - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1930110588
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Avalon
> > >======
> > >"The Avalon project is an effort to create, design, develop
> > and maintain
> > >a common framework and set of components for applications
> > written using
> > >the Java language"
> > >Editor: Leo Simons
> > >
> > >The Avalon team has been busy fixing the ills that have plagued their
> > >document building for so long. It has also been brought to
> > our attention
> > >that the current avalon skin (derrived from the Tigris/Maven sites)
> > >displays rather poorly with IE 5.5, but ok with many other
> > browsers. The
> > >Avalon team is looking at upgrading the skin shortly, which
> > is easy to
> > >do with the Cocoon doc build system.
> > >
> > >In other news, The Avalon team is looking at unifying two of their
> > >component containers. Merlin and Fortress were being developed with
> > >separate goals in mind, but they both recognize the
> > strengths that the
> > >other container had. As a result, Fortress will be taking on the
> > >meta-info features of Merlin, and Merlin will be adding the
> > more robust
> > >component instance management of Fortress.
> > >
> > >On the topic of 'avalonized' applications is good news as well. A
> > >wrapper for Catalina (the servlet engine in Tomcat) has been
> > developed.
> > >The proposed avalonized version of Turbine's Services
> > Framework is also
> > >making good progress.
> > >
> > >The last major recent addition to Avalon concerns JMX
> > management. Avalon
> > >Phoenix has improved its automatic management capabilities
> > even further,
> > >and a GUI client is in the works.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Commons
> > >=======
> > >Due to the diverse nature of the commons group, this section has been
> > >split up to make it easier to pick out the topics of interest. This
> > >months stories come from the following:
> > >
> > >CLI
> > >Discovery
> > >Lang
> > >Morphos
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >CLI
> > >---
> > >"Commons CLI provdes a simple API for working with the command line
> > >arguments and options"
> > >Editor: John Keyes
> > >
> > >July was a month of consolidation for CLI with refactoring
> > the current
> > >code base and implementing new features.
> > >
> > >Parsers are now constructed using the CommandLineParserFactory[1].
> > >
> > >Usage information is now automatically generated[2].
> > >
> > >Options can now be created using OptionBuilder[3]. This makes it much
> > >easier to add features to Option.
> > >
> > >A discussion[4] was held with the Avalon team which has resulted in a
> > >number of feature requests[5].
> > >
> > >Validation for Option creation has also been added[6].
> > >
> > >[1] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102537994700001&r=1&w=2
> > >[2] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102642398900004&r=1&w=2
> > >[3] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102772419800006&r=1&w=2
> > >[4] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102750811500003&r=1&w=2
> > >[5] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102812124400007&r=1&w=2
> > >[6] - http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?t=102786757700003&r=1&w=2
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Discovery
> > >---------
> > >"The Digester project shall create and maintain a XML -> Java object
> > >mapping package"
> > >Editor: Richard A. Sitze
> > >
> > >New subproject that represents the recurring pattern (JAXP/Xerces,
> > >commons-logging, ??) for finding a class implementing a
> > given interface.
> > >Locating, instantiating, and caching (assumes singletons, or at least
> > >singletons within some context) of classes (factories), and locating
> > >property files for configuring same. Includes best-practices
> > guide for
> > >usage.
> > >
> > >As a separate subproject, I (and I assume others as the
> > interest strikes
> > >them) am more inclined to devote some effort to improving
> > efficiency and
> > >increasing smarts of this facility. In this light, current
> > improvements
> > >over original code (extracted from commons-logging):
> > >
> > >- minimizes 'redundant' class loaders (but doesn't eliminate)
> > >- provides logical 'grouping', allows different groups of
> > >components/applications to maintain different factories.
> > >- seeking for better/smarter caching mechanism.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Lang
> > >----
> > >"Commons.Lang, a package of Java utility classes for the classes that
> > >are in java.lang's hierarchy"
> > >Editor: Henri Yandell
> > >
> > >Jakarta Commons Lang have released a beta of their highly reusable
> > >utility classes dedicated to improving classes in java.lang. The
> > >immediate aim of the Lang component has been to serve other Jakarta
> > >projects, unifying such things as NestedException structures, String
> > >utilities and various Object handling methods. Lang is already being
> > >used by a host of projects, both inside Jakarta and outside, and the
> > >code involved is mature and stable having been assembled from existed
> > >Jakarta and non-Jakarta projects.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Morphos
> > >-------
> > >"a project called Morphos with the scope of transforming
> > file formats."
> > >Editor: Nicola Ken Barozzi
> > >
> > >Morphos in commons-sandbox has finally had its initial code
> > checkin by
> > >nicolaken, after very fruitful discussions on the commons-dev list.
> > >
> > >Basically it became evident that a Morpher should not deal with
> > >immutable objects, and that will be done by Transformer(s), the
> > >interface of which is in commons-sandbox Patterns project.
> > >Avalon-Excalubur has a Converter package that can be the base for a
> > >package of Transformer implementation.
> > >
> > >Sven Kuenzler svenk@gmx.net has been very active in this month on
> > >Morphos, both in discussions and patches, and is the first
> > real Mrphos
> > >developer. Thank you Sven :-)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >ObJectRelationalBridge
> > >======================
> > >"an Object/Relational mapping tool that allows transparent
> > persistence
> > >for Java Objects against relational databases"
> > >Editor: Thomas Mahler
> > >
> > >Being exposed as a Jakarta project brought us many new users
> > who found
> > >several bugs and had many ideas for improvements and new
> > features. Thus
> > >we had to react quickly and launch two public releases in July!
> > >
> > >There have been major improvements to the setup routine. We have
> > >incorporated several user suggestions to make setup as easy
> > as possible.
> > >
> > >The documentation has been completely restructured and updated.
> > >
> > >We redesigned the connection management. OJB is now able to cooperate
> > >better with app-server connection pools. For non-managed
> > environments we
> > >now provide a commons-pool based connection pool.
> > >
> > >There is now a tool that allows verification of the mapping
> > repository
> > >against the target database.
> > >
> > >We also implemented a forward engineering tool that generates all
> > >required tables from the mapping repository.
> > >
> > >The loading of 1:n associations has been redesigned. This
> > resulted in a
> > >drastic performance gain.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Struts
> > >======
> > >"to provide an open source framework for building Web applications"
> > >Editor: Joe Germuska
> > >
> > >* Struts 1.1b2: Twelve Bugs Away
> > >Most of the activity on Struts-Dev in July was dedicated to swatting
> > >bugs en route to a 1.1b2 release. Although that release is
> > no scheduled,
> > >as of 2002-08-03, there are only 12 outstanding bugs.[1]
> > >
> > >[1] - http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs/jakarta-struts/STATUS
> > >
> > >* Struts meets JSTL-EL
> > >David M Karr stepped up to spearhead an effort to extend the
> > Struts SP
> > >tag libraries to support the JSTL Expression Language. [2] Discussion
> > >and work continue actively. Late in the month a discussion thread [3]
> > >helped to summarize the current state of development. At
> > this time, the
> > >work is aimed at integrating with the JSTL, which will
> > therefore require
> > >Servlet 2.3/JSP 1.2 to use the JSTL Expression Language.
> > Along the way,
> > >Struts tags which perform essentially equivalent tasks to
> > JSTL tags are
> > >expected to be left behind.
> > >
> > >[2] -
> > >http://nagoya.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=struts-de
> > v@jakarta.a
> > >pache.org&msgNo=9378
> > >[3] -
> > >http://nagoya.apache.org/eyebrowse/BrowseList?listId=41&by=th
> > read&from=2
> > >07178
> > >
> > >* Commons File Upload component integrated
> > >Martin Cooper introduced an implementation of the
> > >MultipartRequestHandler interface which adapts the commons-upload
> > >component for use in a Struts application.[4] As of the
> > 20020728 nightly
> > >build, this is the default implementation of the interface.
> > >
> > >[4] -
> > >http://nagoya.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=struts-de
>v@jakarta.a
> >pache.org&msgNo=9648
> >
> >* Extending Struts XML Configuration
> >Early in the month, Brian Topping suggested exposing the Commons
> >Digester configuration so that developers could use the "struts-
> >config.xml" for arbitrary application configuration [5] Craig McClanahan
> >pointed out that Struts depends on a validated schema because certain
> >default values are specified in the struts-config DTD[6] At the time,
> >Craig suggested that that opening up struts-config would wait until
> >after a 1.1 is released, when an XML Schema might be developed. However,
> >later in the month, Craig made a series of changes to the central
> >"ActionServlet" controller. By moving the default values into the
> >configuration beans, he eliminated the dependency on a validating parse
> >of struts-config.xml. Around the same time, a "rulesets" servlet
> >initialization parameter was added, allowing users to specify a list of
> >classes implementing the Digester RuleSet interface. Thus, after these
> >changes, application developers have the ability to use the basic struts
> >initialization process to do just about any application configuration
> >they require.
> >
> >[5] -
> >http://nagoya.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=struts-dev@jakarta.a
> >pache.org&msgNo=9325
> >[6] -
> >http://nagoya.apache.org/eyebrowse/ReadMsg?listName=struts-dev@jakarta.a
> >pache.org&msgNo=9333
> >
> >* Other Struts News: http://jakarta.apache.org/struts/news.html
> >
> >18 July 2002 - JavaBoutique Struts Tutorials
> >17 July 2002 - StrutsTestCase v1.8 Released
> >11 July 2002 - Scioworks Camino v2.0
> >11 July 2002 - Easy Struts v0.4 for Eclipse / JBuilder
> >10 July 2002 - Using Struts in Oracle JDeveloper 9i Tutorial
> >09 July 2002 - Struts Console version 2.0
> >09 July 2002 - Struts Adoption article
> >08 July 2002 - Struts article in e-Promagazine
> >08 July 2002 - JAAS article highlighting Authorization and
> >Authentication with Struts
> >
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