News : Coldjava releases DateTime and String Taglibs

April 9, 2001
Coldjava has released 2 new tag libraries:

DateTime prints formatted date/time value and can also store formatted date Strings in the page scope.

String features String manipulation, interpolation and extraction.


News : JavaServer Pages Fast and Easy Web Development

April 9, 2001
JavaServer Pages Fast and Easy Web Development is a new book by Aneesha Bakharia.

“My book offers the simplest way to learn JSP. It also assumes no prior knowledge of Java.” –Aneesha Bakharia

Book Description:
Dynamic Web sites are now the norm, and developers will have to keep up to date to be competitive. JavaServer Pages Fast & Easy Web Development gives you everything you need to use JavaServer Pages to write and debug scripts, create tag libraries, use the Java Database Connector to create dynamic-database driven Web sites, and much more! If you are already familiar with other embedded tag-based server-side scripting languages such as ASP, PHP, and ColdFusion, you will have no trouble adapting to JavaServer Pages, and the step-by-step, visual approach of this book will get you up and running quickly.


News : Tomcat 4.0 Beta 3 released

April 3, 2001
Tomcat 4.0-beta-3 is an update to the Tomcat 4.0-beta-2 distribution that was released on 30 March 2001. It fixes a further security vulnerability related to potentially exposing JSP source that was only partially corrected in beta 2. Anyone using versions of Tomcat 4.0 earlier than the beta 3 release (or the nightly build dated 20010403 or later) is strongly encouraged to immediately update to the beta 3 release.


News : Velocity 1.0 released

April 2, 2001
The Velocity project is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.0 of the Velocity template engine.

Velocity is a powerful template engine written in Java and released as open-source software under the Apache Software License.

Sun’s Dot-Com Builder developer information site just did a “Best Practices” product profile of Velocity. The article is located at http://dcb.sun.com/practices/profiles/velocity.jsp.

Velocity is part of the Jakarta Project, a group of open-source software projects of the Apache Software Foundation chartered with providing open-source server solutions based on the Java platform.


News : Tomcat 4.0 Beta 2 released

March 30, 2001
Tomcat 4.0 beta 2 of the next generation servlet container has been released.

Tomcat 4.0 beta 2 has many new features, including:
Tomcat 4.0 can now run web applications out of an unpacked directory or directly from a WAR file.
Web applications are now run under the control of a Java SecurityManager that can support fine-grained control over each web-app’s access to system resources.
You can now specify a element in the server configuration file (server.xml) that defines default configuration information for contexts that are automatically configured.
An example Filter implementation that supports on-the-fly GZIP compression for clients that support it.
A servlet that implements all of the NCSA documented functionality for server side includes (*.shtml) except for the “exec” capability.
Standard resource factories for JavaMail related resources accessible via a JNDI InitialContext, compatible with J2EE Specification requirements.
Reflects the most up-to-date changes in the Servlet 2.3 and JSP 1.2 APIs that have been approved by the JSR-053 expert group, and will appear in the next published version of the corresponding specifications.
In addition, the following major bug fixes are included:
Fixes for two reported security vulnerabilities (a “cross site scripting vulnerability” plus a “URL decoding vulnerability”)
The JSP servlet (Jasper) that compiles and executes JSP pages now uses its own classloader its associated XML parser, which avoids potential conflicts with parsers included with a web application.
Bug fix updates for directory listings, the WebDAV support, binding to a single IP address (if requested), incorrectly named access log files, URL decoding improvements, form-based authentication, HTTP/1.1 chunking, isUserInRole(), JSP page parsing problems, and many other patches.
See the Tomcat 4.0 Beta 2 Release Notes (RELEASE-NOTES-4.0-B2.txt) that are included in the top-level directory of the release for more detailed information.