ANNOUCEMENT: Castor 0.9.3.9 is now available
Hi xml developers and gurus, The Castor Team (http://www.castor.org) and the ExoLab Group (http://www.exolab.org) are please to announce a new release of Castor, the leading open source data binding framework. Castor allows mapping the components of a given data format, such as SQL tables or an XML Schema, into a specific Java representation. This allows developers to work naturally in the native format of the programming language, dramatically reducing development time and simplifying project maintenance. Castor 0.9.3.9 contains new features as well as several bug fixes over the previous version 0.9.3. For a full list of changes, please refer to http://castor.exolab.org/changelog.html. Castor at a glance! ------------------- Castor consists of two main components: Castor JDO and Castor XML. - Castor XML provides: * The only open source Schema Object Model that is a Java object representation of the W3C XML Schema Recommendation. * An implementation of the XML Schema date/time datatypes * A Source Generator tool that creates Java classes from a given W3C XML Schema * A Marshalling framework that allows the serialization of Java objects to and from XML instances. The marshalling framework allows the user to blend a combination of three (3) different data binding approaches for greater control and flexibility. These approaches include using the source code generator, mapping file, and default introspection. They can be used seperately, or combined in any fashion. The mapping file and default introspection are ideal for existing object models, while the source code generator offers a complete solution for interacting with XML data. - Castor JDO provides: * Java to SQL mapping (object/relational) automates Java persistence into relational database server using JDBC. * Supports one to one, one to many, and many to many bidirectional relationship. * Supports eager loading, lazy loading. * Optimistic and pessimistic locking modes, dirty check or ignored. * Supports single column primary key, multiple columns primary keys and key generation. * Supports local transaction or managed JTA transaction. * Supports multiple ClassLoader environment, and is JNDI friendly. * Supports a subset of OQL Query. What's next? ------------ The Castor Team is working hard on the next version (0.9.4) which will include a number of new features such as: * The Source Generator Binding File that will allow more control on the generated classes in the Source Generator tool. * A new internal XML event API with connectors to SAX1 and SAX2 Where can I get it? ------------------- Castor is available for download at http://castor.exolab.org/download.html. Happy Holidays from the Castor Team! ----------------------------------- Happy Holidays to all those people who are celebrating a holiday or holidays over the next couple of weeks. If you are not celebrating any holidays, please be patient with the rest of us while we take some time off. :-) The Castor Team
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