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Smooks v1.2.4 Released

We’ve just made a Smooks v1.2.4 patch release (Download).

This contains:

  1. Some performance enhancements (reader pooling),
  2. Some bug fixes and,
  3. One small new feature to support Basic Fragment Splitting and Routing.  Right… we normally only do fixes in patch releases, but I wanted to get this into the JBoss SOA Platform before it released, so we made an exception for this one.

Of late, JBoss have been making more of a push on their Smooks Eclipse Tooling within JBoss Tools.  Prior to a few weeks ago, Dart Peng was “more or less” left to his own devices on this work, without much help from myself or anyone else.  More recently, Brian Fitzpatrick (JBoss) and myself have been more actively contributing to the great work being done by Dart.

Brian has been blogging about this work here on the JBoss Tools blog. Please take a look and contribute your throughs and ideas!!!

Vivek Tomar has written an interesting blog on using Smooks to perform Java to Java transforms.  Vivek works for NAXOS Software Solutions.

It’s true… we’ve moved website yet again!!  We got totally cheesed off with the Google Sites site, so we changed www.smooks.org to use MediaWiki.

Quite simply, we wanted a site that was easy to edit, and produced something we liked.  With all of us doing this in our spare time, we didn’t want to be wasting that time fighting the tools we were using.  Google Sites was OK, but was quite restrictive wrt how it allowed us construct the content.  The editor was more wysiwyg on Google Sites, but the result was not at all as appealing (in my opinion at least) and ultimately that’s what really counts.  An example of one simple thing with the new site…. it’s now very easy to style code snippets that look really well – check the User Guide or any of the Examples.

Anyway, we hope you like it too, and find it easier to work with.

REMEMBER…. it’s a Wiki, so feel free to contribute documentation updates.  Don’t be afraid of breaking anything as we have a full revision history.  So be bold… go make some edits!!!

Smooks will be at JavaOne this year!!

I will be running a BOF entitled “Data Integration with Smooks: Split, Transform, and Analyze Your Data in an ESB World“.  It’s on the Tuesday evening at 8:30pm.  If you’re at JavaOne this year, please drop by and see us!!