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Velocity 1.5 Beta 2 Released

The Velocity developers are pleased to announce the second beta release of Velocity 1.5.
You may download it at .

This beta version is one of the final steps before the long-awaited version 1.5. Since Beta 1 we have added a new InvalidReferenceEventHandler (to catch invalid references), the SecureUberspector (to prevent introspection on "dangerous objects"), and a StringResourceLoader. We've also fixed some critical bugs, including a subtle synchronization problem causing page generation to fail under heavy loads.


Velocity Approved as Top Level Project

The Board of the Apache Software Foundation has passed a resolution to upgrade
Jakarta Velocity into an Apache Top Level Project (TLP), to be renamed Apache Velocity.
We are excited of the new prominence of the Velocity project.

Please stay tuned for our new website at In the meantime,
note that our new mailing lists are (subscribe at
for general questions, and
(subscribe at for
development-related activity.


Velocity 1.5 Beta 1 Released

The Velocity developers are proud to announce the first beta version of
Velocity 1.5.
You may download it from .

This is an early release intended as a preview of things to
come. Many bugs have been fixed and new features have been added. A sampling:

  • floating point number arithmetic
  • new event handlers for altering #include/#parse behavior
  • literal map syntax A complete list of changes is available at our JIRA. Please report any additional bugs there, especially those that need to be fixed before our final release. (use 1.5 beta 1 as the version).

New Issue Tracker

The Velocity Project has moved from Bugzilla to JIRA.
Many thanks to Tim Colson for spearheading this change and to Henning Schmiedehausen and
Jeff Turner for helping to execute it.

More info on ASF and JIRA can be found at the ApacheJira page.


Revised Website

The main Velocity website has undergone a minor redesign.
Content has been added to help new users get up to speed on Velocity
and the layout has been converted to CSS.

There's a new home page, a revised
Overview of Velocity,
a Guide to Getting Started,
a new article on
Web Applications.
The Table of Contents has been restructured and all community-based articles and content have been moved to the Wiki.
The new CSS layout provides a printer-friendly format for easy screen viewing or generating hard copies.


Notice: JDOM API Change

As part of their effort to reach v1.0, the JDOM
community has made slight modifications to their API.
This will affect Velocity users that use the 'Anakia'
package. Velocity versions 1.4 and older require using a version
of JDOM older than beta10rc1. All new releases of
Velocity will require JDOM 1.0.

Another Velocity Article

on a JSP to Velocity project.


Velocity Dreamweaver Extension

Jason Gill (aka Pete the Chop) wrote a
Dreamweaver Extension
that gives full Velocity support
in Dreamweaver. Give it a look if you use Dreamweaver.


New Article on Velocity

Sing Li discusses how to use Velocity in a standalone application
as well as a replacement for JSP in the Struts MVC framework in this


ALE uses Velocity

Brad Cox is pleased to announce the alpha (0.1) release of the
Action Learning Environment (ALE)
, an open source environment for
building experiential learning environments.
ALE is open source (free) software and is available


New Article on Velocity

Erik Hatcher's recent article
Velocity: Fast Track to Templating
is currently a featured
article at


Velosurf 0.8 Released

a database access tool for use with the Velocity template engine,
has released v0.8


Generate SOAP messages with Ivory

Ivory Soaplet
framework uses Velocity to generate SOAP messages.


IntelliJ IDEA Uses Velocity

IntelliJ IDEA uses Velocity as its
templating system for generating class and method javaodocs.


Cotsec Forms Uses Velocity

Cotsec has released a
cross-language/cross-platform rapid development
environment called Cotsec Forms that uses Velocity as its underlying
template engine.


Velocity Tools 1.0

The first release of the [tools/index.html Velocity Tools] subproject is
It includes a generic tools package, support for clean, quick MVC web
development in the [VelocityView] package, and support for integration with
the Struts framework.


Velocity Template Editor Plugin for Eclipse

The first public release of an editor plugin for
Velocity templates is
available on
(Eclipse Online-Update Site:


Roller Weblogger Brings it Together

_ From the site :_
is server-based weblogging software - a web application - that
is designed to support multiple simultaneous weblog users and visitors.
Roller was originally written as an example application for an
article on open source Java development tools. The article
describes how the Struts Servlet framework, the Castor JDO persistence engine,
the XDoclet code generator, and the Velocity template processor
can be used together to create a full-featured database-driven web application.


User's Guide Now Available in French

Thanks to the translation contributed by
Jean-Francois El Fouly, the Velocity project can now
offer the [user-guide_fr.html User's Guide] in French. Thanks!


New Release : Maverick

Another new release in the Velocity 'powered-by' family -
The Maverick
team is happy to announce the version 2.1 release of the
Maverick MVC Framework.


User's Guide Now Available in Spanish

Thanks to the translation contributed by
Juan Pablo Morales Olaya, the Velocity project can now
offer the [user-guide_es.html User's Guide] in Spanish. Thanks!


New Release : vDoclet

Another new milestone release in the Velocity 'powered-by' family :

Check it out!

New Releases : Turbine, WebWork and JPublish

A few new releases in the Velocity family :


JeeWiz : The Enterprise System Builder

JeeWiz, a new product from
New Technology/enterprise Limited,
is a J2EE system development tool that uses Velocity templates to generate
infrastructure code, deployment descriptors and build jobs for J2EE
projects. And it's said Velocity has no place in J2EE... (wink)


User's Guide Available in Finnish

Thanks to Juha Kilpi, we now offer a Finnish translation
to the
[user-guide_fi.html Velocity Users Guide]. Thanks Juha!


Velocity Tool Subproject

The first code for the new Velocity Tool Subproject is in
and can be found
in CVS as
The first functionality includes
integration with
Jakarta Struts as well as a generic template-rendering
servlet with tool support. Take a look!


Introductory Velocity Article on JavaWorld

For a introduction to the Velocity Template Engine, a brief
overview of the Velocity Template Language and some basic
examples, see is the new
article on
JavaWorld by Geir Magnusson Jr.


DVSL XML Transformation Tool Added as Subproject

The DVSL XML transformation tool has been added as a new subproject.
Check it out [/velocity/dvsl/index.html here].

Velocity mentioned in ZDNet Article (last May)

It seems we could be a "can't-live-without-it piece of the
infrastructure" of tomorrow. Check
the article


Luxor, Velocity-based XUL Toolkit Released

Luxor is an open-source XML User Interface Language (XUL) toolkit for
Java. Read more here.


Generate Code with Velocity in Borland's JBuilder

about how to use Velocity and Borland's OpenTools API to extend Borland's
JBuilder for template-based Java source code generation.


Hey, Maybe We're On The Right Track After All...

Give this
a read. The latest version of Resin, a
popular servlet engine, has added what they call a "Velocity-like syntax" to their JSP
implementation. As they say on their site :

"The Resin-2.0.3 release allows an alternate JSP expression syntax similar to the Apache Velocity project that many find more maintainable than the JSP pointy brackets. Resin's syntax extension is compatible with the usual JSP features like tag libraries."

We do think that this is a step in the right direction for JSPs, making the page content easier to
write and maintain.

However, we want to emphasize to users that this isn't the same thing as using
Velocity - this is a small subset of the Velocity syntax which
was reimplemented in Resin.

Velocity is much more than an alternative syntax to the scriptlets and
tags found in JSPs - it's a full-featured templating engine, fully portable to any
J2EE servlet container, that offers many advanges over JSPs in the J2EE
web application environment. It also an excellent templating tool
for other kinds of applications written in Java.

So if you are interested in portable alternatives to JSP, we strongly
encourage you look deeper into what Velocity has to offer.

And if you must use JSPs and want to incorporate Velocity into your
current or new JSP-based web applications, take a look at our
Veltag JSP taglib which allows the full
power of Velocity in your JSPs.

Velocidoc Released

a Velocimacro documentation tool modeled after
Javadoc, is now available. Use Javadoc-style comments in your
Velocimacro libraries, and use Velocidoc to generate HTML

New Apache Site Generated with Anakia

The new web site of the
Apache Software Foundation
is now generated using
the Velocity-based XML transformation tool.
Take a look.

Need To Mix JSP and Velocity?

Take a look at a new contribution, a
[veltag.html Velocity taglib] that lets you
use Velocity right in your JSPs.

4 published articles covering Velocity

Getting Up to Speed with Velocity
is a really well written article by Jim
Jagielski about the merits of using a tool like Velocity.

Many people believe that Velocity can only be used in the context of web
applications. This excellent
JavaWorld article
by Leon Messerschmidt shows that the design of Velocity is
such that it can be used in a myriad of applications.

The Java Developer Journal recently
published an
edited version of the [YMTD YMTD article] by Jon
Stevens as the cover story for their July edition.

The Sun Dot-Com Builder developer information site has a "Best Practices" product profile on Velocity.
Check it out here. Thanks Sun!

4 Products/Projects Now Depend on Velocity

Gentleware, Xadra and Vamp have built products which depend on Velocity.
J/Top, a server monitoring project, also uses Velocity for email output
We have listed them on our ever expanding PoweredByVelocity page.

5 Web Frameworks Now Support Velocity

Turbine, !JPublish, Melati, Maverick and WebWork
all support Velocity.
We have listed them on our ever expanding
PoweredByVelocity page.

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