Syncope needs a new workflow engine, for many good reasons: here's why I've started playing around with Activiti. Activiti looks really interesting because of features and Apache 2.0 license; moreover, its spicy story makes it even more attractive.
I recently presented some aspects of the renewed Apache Cocoon power through its latest (and not yet completed) release, 3.0. Today I am going to present some features of the Hippo Cocoon Toolkit, whose aim is to provide an alternative, Cocoon 3.0 based, toolkit for building front-end web sites while relying upon Hippo CMS and Repository.
I've recently come up to a very wicked problem in Syncope, and a saving blog post pointed me in the right direction: Getting your persistence access right when working with background jobs in Spring can be tricky.
Some articles are already around about Apache Cocoon 3.0, a deep rewrite of an Apache project that is bringing to the community innovative concepts since 1998. To be honest, the latest release is slowly approaching to a stable level, especially if compared to the wide spread and appreciation that 2.x series used to have - and still has, to a certain extent - all around the world.
HSQLDB is a very nice and complete all-Java DBMS, particularly useful when doing quick test-outs or maven tests. A while ago, a bug has been discovered in release 2.0.0 that is causing issues with BLOB management: this is a considerable issue especially with @Lob fields in Hibernate.