[kaffe] ANNOUNCE: japitools 0.9 released
sballard at netreach.com
Tue Nov 5 07:09:08 PST 2002
JAPITOOLS 0.9 RELEASED 2002/11/05
I'm proud to announce the first japitools release intended for wide
public consumption. japitools is a set of tools for testing
compatibility between different versions of a Java API. It can be used
both for verifying whether an independent implementation of an API is
correct and complete, and for ensuring that binary compatibility is
maintained between successive versions of the same API. In particular,
japitools can be used to test the conformance of independent
implementations of the Java platform itself.
Features of this release:
* japize tool reads Java class files and dumps a machine-readable
representation of the API to a "japi" file.
* japicompat tool compares two japi files for binary backwards
* japilist tool provides human-readable summaries of the contents of a
* serialize and serialcompat tools test serialization compatibility.
* japifix tool updates japi files made by previous releases, and in some
cases can correct malformed files.
* Comparisions cover every requirement for binary compatibility as
defined in the JLS, and more, but exclude many differences that are
known to be insignificant, to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high.
* All algorithms are tuned for memory usage and performance, to allow
running on machines with limited resources or as unsupervised (eg
* japi file format is fully specified, allowing interoperable tools to
For more information on japitools, including a change history, visit the
project website at http://rainbow.netreach.net/~sballard/japi .
japitools 0.9 can be downloaded from
http://rainbow.netreach.net/~sballard/japi/japitools-0.9.tar.gz . Any
questions or comments should be directed to sballard at netreach.net.
Particular thanks for their help in making this release as good as it
can be go to Brian Jones for providing the ant build system, the
serialize and serialcompat tools, and lots of wrapper scripts, along
with some invaluable testing and setting up nightly japicompat tests for
GNU Classpath CVS; and to Dalibor Topic for working towards a similar
arrangement for Kaffe, and being a patient and committed tester despite
several brown-paper-bag development releases. Thanks also to everyone
else who's provided feedback.
Major features planned for the near future include HTML and possibly XML
output,and more advanced filtering of errors to allow, for example,
ignoring errors against an early JDK version if the same problem appears
in (more recent versions of) the JDK itself.
Stuart Ballard, Programmer
NetReach - Internet Solutions
(215) 283-2300, ext. 126
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