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Re: Preparing for 0.06 release

From: Mark Wielaard
Subject: Re: Preparing for 0.06 release
Date: 15 Aug 2003 16:10:57 +0200


On Thu, 2003-08-14 at 19:15, Mark Wielaard wrote:

> - NEWS file

Wow! There is so much changed between now and February 15 (the 0.05
release). There are 500+ ChangeLog entries since then. That is about 2
commits each and every day!

So I started out with mentioning some of the important changes, but soon
I just listed the packages that had seen big improvements, there has
been just to much work done the last couple of months :)
Anything I missed that really should be mentioned?

New in release 0.06 (not-yet-released)

* Update java.awt peers to GTK+2.
* java.awt.GridBagLayout implementation.
* New JNI nativee target code layer. See native/target/readme.txt.
* java.swing.border implementation.
* and updated to 1.4 spec.
* --enable-regen-headers configure flag for automatic jni .h file generation.
* Removed workaround for gcj 3.2 and lower, gcj 3.3+ or jikes 1.18+ is now
  needed for compiling.
* Lots of improvements and/or new classes for java.awt, java.awt.dnd,
  java.awt.font, java.awt.geom, java.awt.image,, java.math,,
  java.nio, java.rmi, java.text, java.util, javax.swing, javax.swing.plaf,
VM Interface changes:
* VMClassLoader.loadClass(), the bootstrap classloader called by
  Class.forName() and ClassLoader.loadClass(), may now return null when
  a class is not found instead of throwing a new ClassNotFoundException.
  This is a performance optimization in some cases. This also changes
  the Class.forName() reference code.
* Native methods in Class have been moved to VMClass.  A few additional
  methods are also available in VMClass to provide optional performance
* A VM can now supply its own String.intern() strategy through the
  VMString class. The supplied VMString reference class implements the
  original WeakHashMap strategy.
* Float and Double to/from bits conversion functions can now be supplied by
  the VM through VMFloat and VMDouble. Default JNI conversion methods are



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