Product Announcements: August 15, 2003

by Adam Hammer

News on new and updated products.

New products and updates are released everyday. You don't want to miss a cool tool that can save you hours of coding... or fun. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of the current announcements. That is where Developer.com and Gamelan.com can help. We will keep you up to date on announcements geared towards the programmer market.


QStudio for Java Enterprise


QStudio for Java Enterprise is based on QA Systems. flagship QStudio product family and follows the successful release of its single-user QStudio for Java Pro. QStudio enables automated quality control of source code and specifies quality concepts in a measurable way based on an extended version of the ISO 9126 quality standard. QStudio recognizes high-level software quality attributes such as reliability, maintainability, testability, re-usability, portability and efficiency.



Agent Data Tool

Teamstudio, a leading developer of agile software tools, today announced it is making available a free utility--Agent Data Tool--to Notes and Domino developers. Agent Data Tool scans a Notes database to identify agent data notes that are no longer being referenced by an agent.

The free utility and its associated source code is available at www.teamstudio.com/downloads. Registration to access the Downloads section is required.

Open Source

Apache Ant 1.5.4

Apache Ant 1.5.4 is a minor bugfix release that adresses problems in two domains:

  1. With JDK 1.4.2 Sun has changed the entry point for javah, therefore Ant 1.5.3's task doesn't work on JDK 1.4.2 anymore.
  2. The Visual Age for Java tasks had some major flaws.
If you don't use Visual Age for Java or , there is no reason to upgrade from Ant 1.5.3.
Note that Ant 1.5.4 is the last release that supports JDK 1.1 at runtime. The next major release of Ant, Ant 1.6, will require JDK 1.2 or later to run. Compiling for a 1.1 target JVM will still be possible with Ant 1.6.


xicco 1.0

XML database engine for mobile devices (iPaq, Palm, etc.). The core of the system is Java based, this way it makes it portable and able to run on different systems. It's very lightweight and runs on devices with little memory and storage place.


FreeFrame 1.0

FreeFrame allows plugin developers to develop one plugin that will work in a variety of video programs. Today's FreeFrame release coincides with the release of versions of VJamm and Resolume featuring native support for the standard. We are also releasing today plugin developer kits for C++ and Pascal developers, in addition to sample host code for application developers wishing to support the standard.


TiRelease 0.3.5tle

The Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy (ASSP) Server project aims to create an open source platform-independent SMTP Proxy server which implements whitelists and Bayesian filtering to rid the planet of the blight of unsolicited email (UCE). This release fixes two bugs. One affects all servers that support the CHUNKING directive (specifically MS Exchange) and causes the truncation of the last 100 bytes of each message sent by another CHUNKING server. The second is a very minor bug that could reduce spam detection in some circumstances.


PCGen 5.3.3

PCGen is a Java-based RPG character generator and maintenance program that works on all platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc). All datafiles are ASCII so they can be modified by users, and are available through the pcgendm project. An XML conversion is underway. We're very pleased to announce that with this release we now include Sword and Sorcery's Relics and Rituals!


NUNit 2.1 Beta 2

NUNit is a Unit-testing framework for all .Net languages. This release includes separate configuration files for use with .NET versions 1.0 and 1.1. Both versions are copied and the correct config for the current system is installed ready for use. A sample config file for use with tests built against NUnit 2.0 is included. Substantial changes have been made to error and exception reporting. The exception type is listed along with all inner exceptions. In the console runner, this includes a full stacktrace. The full trace for exceptions that are caught by the GUI runner is now available under the Tools | Exception Details... menu item. This release has been verified to install and run under Windows 98. The feature of watching for changes in the assemblies and reloading them automatically is disabled in this environment. We haven't tested under Windows ME, but believe it will work in that environment as well.


ai.planet v0.9.4

ai.planet is a virtual world for artificial intelligence. Developers can study and visualize algorithms in a versatile 3D environment. This new version of ai.planet includes multicolored trees, that evolve over time by producing varied fruits, which are randomly mutated by small degrees. Improved creature AI gives new predator/prey relationships. Interface improvements include a tool repeat button, jump button, new features on the populations form. There is a new Move tool to pick up objects with the mouse, reposition them, and throw them. Although the Ladybugs aren't always successful, if they are given a good environment they can last indefinitely, as this population survived well over 2.5 million ticks. Birds are now better at mating, and Hawks are better at catching the birds. Note: There is no selection pressure on the tree color, so they can and will change into any color. Also be aware of the known bugs, if you find a new one please report it.


CK-Ledger v.0.7.1

New features include traditional Chinese translation, simplified Chinese translation, Postgresql 7.3.2 compatibility, enhanced payroll generation process and enhanced email advice when HR staff action on timesheet and leave application. Other enhancements and bug fixes are also included. CK-Ledger (with 15 modules, Ledger Admin, Ledger, Bank Reconciliation, Inventory, Service, AP, AR, PO, SO, Quotation, POS for Cashier, POS for Manager, HR, Staff Self Service, Payroll) runs on top of phpGroupWare. Operating platform can either be LAMP or LAPP. It provides accounting and back office functionalities to SMEs and utilizes phpgw to administer accounts/groups. Please report error and suggestion to the mailing list, ck-ledger-users@lists.sourceforge.net


Gimp-Print 4.3.19

Gimp-Print 4.3.19, released August 8, 2003, is a development release of this package. Like all development releases, this version is considered unstable and should only be used by those individuals tolerant of the likelihood of problems. Individuals desiring a stable release of Gimp-Print should use the latest 4.2 release. Gimp-Print is a suite of printer drivers that may be used with most common UNIX print spooling systems, including CUPS, lpr, LPRng, or others. These drivers provide high quality printing for UNIX (including Macintosh OS X 10.2 and newer) and Linux systems in many cases equal to or better than proprietary vendor-supplied drivers, and can be used for many of the most demanding printing tasks.


PasswordSafe 1.9.2c

Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all. Release 1.92c is available for download. This is a maintenance release, fixing a few minor annoyances



This project is a set of Ruby language bindings for the various application development libraries included with the GNOME/GTK+ environment. This project is for GTK+2.0 or later.


Archetypes 1.0

Archetypes is a framework for the development of new Content Types in Zope/CMF/Plone. Schema driven automatic form generation, simple integration with rich content types, and a lower entry bar to the complex requirements Zope places on new content objects.


Agent Data Tool


Agent Data Tool scans a Notes database to identify agent data notes that are no longer being referenced by an agent. Agent data notes are design elements created and used by agents when they run


Pure-FTPd now supports SSL/TLS

Pure-FTPd can now be linked against OpenSSL to support an SSL/TLS encryption channel. With compatible clients, no more cleartext password will be send. Pure-FTPd is a fast, production-quality, standard-conformant FTP server, based upon Troll-FTPd. Unlike other popular FTP servers, it has no known root exploit, it is really trivial to set up and it is especially designed for modern kernels.


Chiba 0.9

Chiba is an Java implementation of the upcoming W3C XForms standard. This release is now about 90% feature compatible with the new Proposed Recommendation and adds DOM Event support, Dependency Recalculation, improved and simplified rendering, request parameter mapping and a complete reworked object-model.


JGraphpad "Whiteboard"

This release offers whiteboard functionality, can print across multiple pages, comes with two new layout algorithms and remembers file paths and window positions from previous sessions. JGraph is the most powerful, lightweight, feature-rich, and thoroughly documented open-source graph component available for Java. It is accompanied by JGraphpad, the first free diagram editor for Java that offers XML, Drag and Drop and much more!

This article was originally published on Friday Aug 15th 2003
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