Helma is 1.6.3 and
ready to be downloaded
! With over 10 years of development history, she is now more mature and more stable than ever. The latest list of refinements is a testament to that. The release isn't as minor as it sounds. Helma is just very conservative about her version numbers. This is really more like a 6.3 release than a 1.6.3. She is ready for your projects! For those of you that haven't already, it is now time to
Release Candidate 3 contains some additional important changes, such as the totalUploadLimit value now being applied also to ordinary form post requests, as well as preventing a potential problem with the insertion order and making it easier to run Helma in other servlet containers.
Helma 1.6.3rc1 release candidate
contains numerous bug fixes and many minor improvements, such as support for secure HttpOnly session cookies, logging improvements, several changes to the way file paths to different resources are resolved, and Helma is now again backwards compatible with Java 1.4, to mention just a few.
Relative repository paths now resolve relative to Helma home directory, fixing bug 639.
Introduced hopdir servlet parameter to be able to set the helma directory.
The location of db.properties is now customizable using the dbPropFile server property, fixing bug 640
Fixed bug with closed database connections in very long running requests by making sure connections are re-checked every 10 seconds.
Changed HopObject.getOrderedView() to return a transient HopObject instead of a ListViewWrapper.
Fixed bug in request handling when incoming requests are attached to an existing response and the response is generated by directly accessing the res.servletResponse HttpServletResponse instance.
Go back to Java 1.4 compatibility. The few generics uses aren't worth it to require Java 1.5.
Made sub-properties updateable.
Logging improvements, such as an additional log message when a request starts evaluating, making commit log messages look nicer and easier to parse, and improved thread naming including thread ids in helma log messages.
Unified macro error handling, no longer dumping stack traces for macro errors.
Ampersand is no longer encoded as entity when encountered in macro tags.
Added support for secure and HttpOnly session cookies, with HttpOnly being enabled by default. The features are controlled through the httpOnlySessionCookie and secureSessionCookie app properties. We now compose and set the session cookie ourselves as this is the only reliable way to do it in a cross-servlet-container compatible way and without adding dependencies to the servlet container.
Fixed a problem with the code evaluation order of repositories added via app.addRepository().
Fixed app.xmlrpcCount to be increased for "new style" XML-RPC requests served by Jetty, fixing bug 629.
Changed code to not track unset() on non-persitable properties, fixing bug 633.
Fixed serialization for transient HopObjects.
Synchronize more methods in TypeManager as well as app.addRepository() to avoid memory race conditions.
Use LinkedHashMap for dirty node tracking to preserve insertion order.
Made checkXmlRpc work with content-types containing a charset subheader, fixing bug 628.
Continue parsing macro tags even if it is a comment. This is the only way we can correctly catch embedded macros. Fixes bug 588.
Only resolve direct prototype matches in parent chain, fixing bug 617.
maybe really brings the split in the TG1 TC-39 to an end
. More and more has gone into the 3.1 proposals over recent months while more and more has been taken out of the ES4 proposals. Looks like the gap became small enough to shift position TC-39 in a way where I think "3.1" will eventually probably be standardized as ES4, with what was still on the table for ES4 going into a future ES5 standard.
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