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Apache Cocoon 2.2-RC2 Released

Apache Cocoon 2.2-RC2 Released

  The Apache Cocoon Community is proud to announce the second release
  candidate of Cocoon 2.2.
  Apache Cocoon is a Spring-based framework (since version 2.2) built 
  around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based development.

  Cocoon implements these concepts around the notion of component pipelines, 
  each component on the pipeline specializing on a particular operation.
  Cocoon 2.2 introduces blocks. A block is the unit of modularization 
  in Cocoon (in comparison: Eclipse uses the term plugins, OSGi uses bundles). 
  Everything that goes beyond what Cocoon provides in its core modules 
  (Spring integration, sitemap and pipeline implementation) is provided as 
  block (see below). Custom Cocoon applications are also developed as blocks. 
  A block can provide the following features:

    * general servlet services (any servlet can be managed by the Cocoon 
      servlet-service framework),
    * special services that provide pipelines as services,
    * component services (Spring beans, Avalon services/components),
    * a container for classes and resources.

  A block is packaged as a Java archive (jar) following certain conventions 
  concerning the directory structure.

  Find information about the new features at 

  For more information about Apache Cocoon 2.2, please go to
  http://cocoon.apache.org or follow our getting started guide at 

  The release artifacts are available from the central Maven repository

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  Additionally we also want to announce some more releases:
  * Cocoon Servlet-Service Framework 1.0.0-RC1
    The Servlet Service Famework makes it easy to use servlets as components
    which can communicate with each other. The current implementation is based on
    Spring 2.0. There are no dependencies on Cocoon core libraries at all.


  * Cocoon Configuration 1.0.1
    The Cocoon Configuration subproject provides basic support for configuring
    web applications. Its current implementation, the Spring Configurator, is a
    useful component providing support in common configuration issues when using the
    Spring framework. There are no dependencies on Cocoon core libraries at all.


  * Cocoon Ajax 1.0.0-RC1
    Partial page and form reloads


  * Cocoon Apples 1.0.0-RC2
    Pure Java implementations of controller logic.
  * Cocoon Auth 1.0.0-RC2
    Authentication and authorization of pipelines and control-flow based 
    Cocoon applications.

  * Cocoon Batik 1.0.0-RC2
    Create Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) using Cocoon pipelines.


  * Cocoon Captcha 1.0.0-RC2
    A reader to create CAPTCHAs 

  * Cocoon Database 1.0.0-RC2
    Direct usage of relational databases with sitemap components.  

  * Cocoon Flowscript 1.0.0-RC2  
    Flowscript is a continuation-based implementation of Cocoon control 
    flow based on Rhino (Javascript/ECMAScript).

  * Cocoon FOP 1.0.0-RC2
    Use Apache FOP, an XSL-FO driven print formatter to render pages to 
    PDF or Postscript.


  * Cocoon Forms 1.0.0-RC1
    Cocoon has an advanced forms framework. Together with Flow and JXTemplates, 
    Cocoon Forms (or CForms) provides a solid basis for  building interactive 
    web applications. Cocoon Forms handles complex use cases while still being 
    simple enough to be used by non-Java-programmers who want to add forms to 
    their site.  

  * Cocoon Hsqldb-Client 1.0.0-RC2
    JDBC access of a Hsql database

  * Cocoon Hsqldb-Server 1.0.0-RC2
    Start a Hsql database server as part of your Cocoon application.


  * Cocoon HTML 1.0.0-RC2
    Generators to deal with HTML.


  * Cocoon Linkrewriter 1.0.0-RC2
    Transformers to rewrite all elements containing links. 

  * Cocoon Mail 1.0.0-RC2   
    Sitemap components to send emails.  


  * Cocoon Template 1.0.0-RC2
    XML-based templating


  * Cocoon Maven plugin 1.0.0-M1
    The Cocoon Maven plugin contains several goals that make the life of software 
    developers easier, e.g. support for running blocks as webapps or support for 
    patching the web.xml at deployment time.


  * Cocoon Block Archetype 1.0.0-RC2
    This archetype creates a Cocoon block that comes with some small samples.


  * Cocoon Plain-Block Archetype 1.0.0-RC2
    Use this archetype to create the simplest possible Cocoon block.

  * Cocoon Webapp Archetype 1.0.0-RC2
    Use this archetype to create a web application that is configured to host Cocoon blocks. 


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