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24 December 2012, 14:43

Developer Break: IntelliJ IDEA, Grails, GPars, OpenJFX, Dart and Flex

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Developer Break Developer Break – catch up on the smaller but important notes for developers, from libraries to APIs and from people to postings. This week: IntelliJ IDEA, the Grails web application framework, the GPars parallel programming framework, .NET's SDK for Hadoop, eGit and jGit, Apache Flex, a new Dart milestone, TestRail, the Maquetta WYSIWYG editor, new additions to OpenJFX and the Hood and Brython projects

  • JetBrains has revised IntelliJ IDEA and released version 12.0.1, an update that offers minor bug fixes and general improvements.

  • The Groovy-based Grails web application framework has made a major version jump; version 2.2 now uses Groovy 2.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new version now supports namespaces and offers a Forked mode.

  • New versions of Map/Reduce, LINQ To Hive and a WebHDFS client are available in the updated version of the .NET SDK for Hadoop.

  • Over the past week, further modules of the JavaFX Java framework for platform-independent rich client applications were released as open source code. OpenJFX now includes components such as javafx-anim, javafx-geom and javafx-logging.

  • The developers behind Google's Dart web programming language reached their second milestone this week; this milestone allows more compact JavaScript code to be created with dart2js. User packages can now be uploaded to

  • The release candidate of GPars (Groovy Parallel Systems) appears to have been good enough, because the gpars 1.0 framework for improved Java application parallelisation has now officially been finalised.

  • TestRail 2.7 is now available and allows the addition and definition of custom statuses. The test management software now also supports multi-select fields for cases, results and the defect plug-in as well as PHP 5.4.

  • Software Development Kits for Java and Python have become available for Splunk, a software for collecting, indexing and analysing machine-generated data within IT infrastructures.

  • Apache's Flex Rich Internet Application development framework has been upgraded to a top-level project. The developers are currently preparing the release of version 4.9.0.

  • Developer Eric Aigner has presented Hood, an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) tool for the Go programming language. The project currently supports the Postgres and Sqlite3 dialects.

  • Brython is a project that attempts to replace JavaScript with Python as a web browser scripting language.

  • Version 8 of the open source Maquetta WYSIWYG editor has now been released. The developers have revised components such as the Widget Palette and the page-specific configuration options.

  • Versions 2.2 of the EGit and JGit implementations of the Git version management system have been released. The developers say that they have slightly modified EGit's design and handling, while in JGit they have paid particular attention to revising the Porcelain Commands.


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