The technologie and tool stack I work with was heavily updated in 2013. This post is a quick overview of the most important technologies (primarily Java) and tools (primarily IDE) changes that happend this year.
Beside these there are some interesting announcements that I like to share and I also want to mention some smaller tools that I use more or less often and that also might be useful for someone else.
Recent Software Updates
- Java had to figth some security vulnerabilities and the fight is not over yet. Today's version 7 Update 15 is the last fixed version of the stable branch.
- eclipse released SP2 for eclipse 4.2 (Juno). The new version should have improved performance. The upcoming Kepler version seems promising as well.
- Another security fix happend to the Maven build tool which is available in version 3.0.5 now. Most version 3.1.0 related improvements and fixes have already been done - so this version will possibly also arrive soon.
- I am glad to see that JiBX (fast XML Java binding) was enabled for the usage with Java 7. Also the maven plugin was updated to version 1.2.5.
- Java 8 ist on its way and a new OpenJDK snapshot version (Build b78) is available since 02/21/2013. The feature list is impressive and there are only a few milestones left to reach (but the schedule is under review).
- The next major version of Spring will be 4.0 with Java 8 support.
- Sonar is looking for a new name and has some other interseting things on the roadmap for 2013.
- Although browser and plugins offer great support for all kinds of http requests I still like curl for simple tests. Unfortunatly it is not available on Windows. I use gow (Gnu On Windows) which is really simple to install and offers a wide range of linux binaries - including curl. I must admint that not all tools work well on Windows 7 and I hope that the project will continue and bugs will be fixed. At least the author (+Brent Matzelle) is still active on the issue tracker.
- Who ever needs a JSON command line processor should have a look at jq. Quote from the Website: 'jq is like
sedfor JSON data'.
- If you have to host an executable as a Windows service take a look at winsw. The tool seems to exists for several years but I just noticed it because the author (+Kohsuke Kawaguchi creator of Jenkins) tweeted about a documentation update. I did not use it so far but tend to trust in software written by KK.
- The Instant SQL Formatter is an online tool that helps you to format long and confusing SQL statements.
- Kind of funny is Shapecatcher (also an online tool) - It lets you draw something and tries to find matching unicode character.