Spring Web Flow (SWF) is an emerging module of The Spring Framework that aims to be the best solution for the management of web application page flow, useable in any web framework. In this latest TSS article, the founders of Spring Webflow illustrate how a complex process can be implemented using the framework.
Oracle is throwing it's weight behind JSF and has been publishing monthly early access drops of Oracle ADF Faces, a standard JSF component library with features such as client-side validation, Partial Page Rendering, internationalization, multiple client support, and more. EA 16 was just released and features 89 components including a dialog/wizard framework.
Javaworld has posted an article on the differences between architects and developers, stating that most people don't seem to know there's a difference or what that difference is, stating that "Knowing how to solve a problem's context verses solving the problem itself distinguishes architects from developers."
The eXo Platform team is happy to announce the release of eXo JCR 1.0 RC1, an open-source implementation of the Java Content Repository (JCR). This implementation is based on the current final draft of JSR-170, and will go final after adding the optional features of JSR-170 and passing the compatibility tests.
dbobjects Inc. has released db4o 4.5, an open source object database engine. The new version comes with object replication for distributed databases. It also has improvements in the reflection mechanisms.
Large scale systems such as electronic trading floors have performance and scalability requirements that invalidate the usual clustering & distributed caching best practices adopted in most enterprise deployments. In this TSS Tech Talk, Websphere High Availability Lead Architect Billy Newport introduces the notion of Partitioning & Asymmetric clustering.
Gurock Software has released SmartInspect, a message-based debugger and monitoring system for .NET, Delphi and Java. For Java, SmartInspect is installed as a native library that looks like it monitors JVM events and logs them for developer inspection. A demo version and a free personal edition are available for download.
The Apache Lenya development community is very proud to announce the 1.2.3 release of Apache Lenya. Lenya is an open-source content-management system written in Java, with a WYSIWYG editor, workflow, internationalization capabilities, search, and more.
IBM has released the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK), a software development kit for designing, developing, and executing emerging autonomic and Web service technologies with a SOAP engine and an embedded application server. The ETTK implements much of the more recently published Web Services specifications.
Integrated content management and corporate portal server Jahia 4.1 has been released, after 2 years since 4.0. The most important change is the migration to Apache Slide 2.2 for the file repository, a Struts-based validation framework, Office and PDF search indexing, and integrated blogging capabilities.