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New DrJava Stable Release: drjava-stable-20090821-r5004

We have made a new stable version available: drjava-stable-20090821-r5004 [1]. You can download it from SourceForge [1] or from the DrJava [2] homepage.

Available for download at http://drjava.org [2] .

DrJava is a lightweight programming environment for Java designed to foster test-driven software development. It includes an intelligent program editor, an interactions pane for evaluating program text, a source level debugger, and a unit testing tool.

In addition to bug fixes, this stable release includes a number of new features introduced after the last stable release:

These features include default imports for the Interactions Pane, inner classes as main class for projects, Javadocs and auto-completion for JUnit, Javadocs and auto-completion for user-defined libraries (“Additional Javadoc URLs”).

An applet viewer is included, and classes that extend Applet can be run using the “Run Document as Applet” menu item (under “Tools”) or using the “applet MyClass” command in the Interactions Pane.

The debugger has been improved and now includes an automatic trace feature to step through the code at a user-determined interval, array element watches in the debugger, and the ability to debug language level files without seeing the Java code that they get translated to. The debugger also retains the imports that have been made before the last step was taken or a breakpoint was hit.

DrJava can now also associate source, project and add-on files with DrJava so that they can be opened by double-clicking on them in the Windows Explorer or MacOS Finder (.java, .drjava, and .djapp files).

The source browser was improved: Browse forward and backward like in a web browser!

Since there still is an incompatibility between Sun’s Swing GUI library and the the Compiz window manager on Linux, we now check for the presence of Compiz and display a warning.

Notable is the ability to close the System.in stream in the Interactions Pane and an automatic update feature that downloads new versions of DrJava automatically.

The most important bug fixes include changes to the language level converter, compatibility with network paths, a debugger deadlock, and color preferences.

Note: The default project file extension now is .drjava, not .xml anymore.

Note: Java 1.4 compatibility has been dropped with this release. To use DrJava, you will need Java 5 or newer.

New features since the last stable release:


Bug fixes since the last stable release:

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