XML News from Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Apache Project has released Cocoon 2.1.8, an open source "web development framework built around the concepts of separation of concerns and component-based web development. Cocoon implements these concepts around the notion of 'component pipelines', each component on the pipeline specializing on a particular operation. This makes it possible to use a Lego(tm)-like approach in building web solutions, hooking together components into pipelines without any required programming." Cocoon can assemble data from many sources including filesystems, SQL databases, LDAP, native XML databases, and SAP. It can customize the output to generate HTML, WML, PDF, SVG, and RTF from the same inputs. Processes it supports include XSL transformation and XInclude resolution. Cocoon can run as a servlet inside an existing web server or standalone through a commandline interface. New features in 2.1.8 include: