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From "Nathan Bubna" <nbu...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] VelocityTools 2.0 Beta 1 Released
Date Fri, 04 Jan 2008 18:02:55 GMT
The Velocity developers are pleased to make the first beta release of
VelocityTools 2.0 available for download and testing.

Downloads of VelocityTools 2.0-beta1 are available here:
http://velocity.apache.org/download.cgi#tools

This release marks the completion of major development in
VelocityTools 2.0, which is now the main development trunk.
Significant new features in 2.0 include very flexible, composable
toolbox configuration (via either java, xml, and/or properties),
lazy-loading/initialization of tools, the VelocityViewTag for
embedding Velocity within JSP, an assortment of new and improved
tools, and much more.

This should be useable as a drop in replacement for Tools 1.4, with a
few minor exceptions  here things already deprecated earlier in 1.x
have been removed.  This also is the first Tools release to require
both Velocity 1.5+ and JDK 1.5+.

At this point, the new tool management and configuration facilities
are extremely stable and useable.  Documentation has been radically
improved since the alpha release, though more work
remains there before 2.0 final is released.  There are no open or
known bugs in this release and encourage further testing (especially
of the library's backwards compatibility) as we progress rapidly
toward the 2.0 release. We are also more than happy to answer
questions on the mailing lists.

More information on the major changes between Tools 1.x and 2.x may be
found here:
http://wiki.apache.org/velocity/VelocityTools2Planning

We are very interested in all feedback regarding Tools 2.0, especially
regarding backwards compatibility with apps designed for Tools 1.4 or
earlier.  We aim to enable a smooth, incremental transition for
developers and their applications.

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