I’ve been using the Jackrabbit trunk in the last few months for my work on Sling, and although 1.4 is not a “big bang” release, the many things added and fixed make a lot of difference.
See Jukka’s post for more details.
From the new and improved department: I spent part of this week writing a “reduced to the max” version of the Sling core that I’ve called microsling.
That’s been a lot of fun of course, and I think the results are fairly impressive in terms of power per line of code, thanks to the power of the JCR API. Using “modern” Java, with scripting in the right places, helps a lot as well, but that’s nothing new.
In its current state, microsling allows you to use SlingServlets to process HTTP requests in a RESTful way, acting on abstract Resources and using “pluggable” request processing scripts in various languages.
All this in less than 1’200 lines of Java code, all inclusive.
I’m not sure yet if microsling matches the complete vision of the Sling request processing, but this is already powerful stuff – and very simple to use.
See SLING-47 and the sling-dev list for more info. The microsling homepage is attached to SLING-47 and contains an overview of the request processing mechanism, including links to the source code for a quick walkthrough.
The full Sling codebase can be overwhelming to start with, as there are lots of (useful) stuff in there: OSGi helpers and management console, a JSP compiler, JCR utilities, etc. This is an attempt to demonstrate the core Sling principles in a much simpler way, by getting rid of all the ancillary stuff (which deserves to be better organized in Sling, but that’s another story).
Let’s hope the current API redesign and the microsling effort help us communicate more clearly the Sling vision to the JCR community, in order to give it the audience that it deserves!
Update: the code has been moving around since I wrote this (and deleted from Sling’s svn as we incorporated its ideas into Sling later), to get it you need an svn client now:
svn export -r 584116 http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/sling/whiteboard/microsling@584116
Update: if you’re really nostalgic, microsling is back at https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/sling/whiteboard/microsling/
After some license clarifications, the jcr-1.0.jar is finally available in the central Maven repository.
This means that you just need this in your Maven 2 pom.xml to use the JCR API in your code:
<dependency> <groupId>javax.jcr</groupId> <artifactId>jcr</artifactId> <version>1.0</version> </dependency>
See the firstname.lastname@example.org list for more details.