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From "jian chen" <chenjian1...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Velocity 1.6
Date Wed, 03 Dec 2008 06:20:13 GMT
Wow, that's great. Thanks so much for the improvements. We are currently
using 1.4, so instead of upgrading to 1.5, we are going to evaluate 1.6 now.

Much appreciated!

Jian

On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 10:04 PM, Nathan Bubna <nbubna@apache.org> 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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