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From Adrian Tarau <adrian.ta...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Velocity 1.6
Date Wed, 03 Dec 2008 22:02:36 GMT
Great job, thanks for your hard work guys...

Nathan Bubna wrote:
> The Apache Velocity Team announces the immediate availability of the
> of Apache Velocity Engine 1.6.  This release is fully compatible with
> the previous release and includes significant improvements in
> performance, stability and features.
>
> Apache Velocity is well-known in the Java field as a lightweight,
> easy-to-use templating library for creating dynamic web sites and
> performing other text-generation tasks.
>
> Much work in this release has gone to making significant improvements
> in the memory usage and speed of Velocity.  Apart from this, a number
> of small parser bugs were fixed, tempate/line/column information in
> error messages has been corrected and made consistent, and many new
> features were added.  Many of the latter are listed below:
>
> * There are three new directives:
>   - #evaluate takes a single string of VTL as an argument and renders it.
>   - #define is a cousin of #macro, that lets define a reference that
> represents the body of the directive, which is then evaluated when the
> reference is used.
>   - #break lets you exit a #foreach loop early.
>
> * There are reflection improvements:
>    - You may now call JDK 1.5 vararg methods on your tools and other
> references with variable arguments.
>    - You can put a static utility class directly into the context and
> be able to call its methods; no instance necessary. (e.g.
> context.put("Math", java.util.Math.class))
>    - If you have a reference that is an array, you can now call
> fixed-length list methods on it. (e.g. $array.size() and
> $array.get($index) )
>    - There is now support for chaining and linking Uberspect
> implementations to simplify custom introspection.
>
> * The underlying Velocimacro code has been refactored to allow:
>   - Much, much better performance than Velocity 1.5
>   - #parse( 'mymacros.vm' ) to work as expected!!
>   - macro libraries to be programatically included when calling
> template.merge(...)
>   - users to configure a velocimacro.max.depth property (to limit
> recursion et al)
>
> * CommonsLogLogChute and ServletLogChute are now available without
> including VelocityTools
>
> * The StringResourceLoader has undergone major refactoring to make it
> much more user-friendly and flexible.
>
> * There is now an automatic $velocityHasNext reference in #foreach loops
>
> * You can now configure the connection timeout for URLResourceLoader
> (JDK 1.5+ only)
>
> Documentation Velocity 1.6 can be found here:
>    http://velocity.apache.org/engine/releases/velocity-1.6/
>
> The change log is here:
>    http://velocity.apache.org/engine/releases/velocity-1.6/changes-report.html
>
> Apache Velocity 1.6 can be downloaded here:
>    http://velocity.apache.org/download.cgi
>
> For the Apache Velocity Team
>    Nathan Bubna
>
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