XML News from Thursday, September 7, 2006

I've posted beta 10 of Jaxen 1.1, an open source (modified BSD license) XPath 1.0 engine for Java that is adaptable to many different object models including XOM, JDOM, DOM, and dom4j. Jaxen was originally written by James Strachan and Bob McWhirter. Beta 10 fixes an assortment of small issues.

Do not be fooled by the "beta" designation. This release has many fewer bugs and is much more conformant to the XPath specification than the official 1.0 release. I hope to release 1.1 final toward the end of the year after closing a few more bugs. However, there's no need to wait for that. If you're using Jaxen 1.0, you should upgrade to this beta.

Bare Bones Software has released version 8.5 of BBEdit, my preferred text editor on the Mac, and what I use to edit this very site. New features include support for support for Ruby, SQL, and YAML; code folding; HTML Format, Translate and Tidy; and autosave. BBEdit is $199 payware. Upgrades from 8.x are $30. They're $40 for owners of earlier versions. Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is required.