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NebulaGraph Enterprise v5.0 offers native GQL support

As a member of Linked Data Benchmark Council, Vesoft (NebulaGraph) participates in the formulation and promotion of GQL standards and announced its GQL native support in NebulaGraph Enterprise v5.0.

ISO/IEC released the international standard of Graph Query Language (GQL) on April 12th, 2024. This publication establishes the foundations for property graphs, covering their creation, maintenance, and control, along with the data they comprise. It also standardizes the data management language for outlining and modifying the structure of these graphs and their collections.

GQL standards help to ensure data portability and manipulation across GQL implementations, and compatibility with programming languages and database tools. It will foster a dynamic graph database ecosystem and lower the entry barrier for this technology, enabling more enterprises to effectively utilize graph databases for complex relational data.

Rather than just being compatible or adapted to GQL, NebulaGraph Enterprise v5.0 has been redesigned to support GQL at the overall architecture level: it is built on and designed for GQL for data compatibility and interoperability, thereby amplifying the business value of graph databases across various scenarios. Native support for GQL means that enterprises can directly benefit from enhanced interoperability, improved stability, enhanced security, and more cost-efficient maintenance.

Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Wicket v10

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced Apache Wicket v10.0. Apache Wicket is an open source Java framework that enables developers to create feature rich websites and applications quickly while also using less code.

Since 2006, Apache Wicket has been a go-to framework for elegant, responsive, and simple HTML pages that are well suited for web designers seeking to test the applications they are building. By leveraging the latest features of Java 17 and the specifications of Jakarta Servlet, Apache Wicket 10.0 is a stable and mature framework for web and application developers seeking an efficient way to implement large codebases. Apache Wicket powers thousands of web applications and websites and is utilized worldwide. Apache Wicket 10.0 includes 20 new features, bug fixes and improvements while continuing to support the latest Java technologies. Key highlights of Apache Wicket 10.0 include:

  • To improve JPMS adoption, Apache Wicket 10.0 introduces the new module wicket-tester containing common classes for unit testing. Users of class WicketTester must now include this module as test dependency;
  • Apache Wicket now includes HTTP2 support within the wicket core module; and
  • ByteBuddy has replaced CGLib for creating serializable proxies for classes.

DeltaXML improves CALS table handling to merge products

DeltaXML announced the release of new versions of their products XML Merge and DITA Merge, featuring improved handling of changes in CALS tables, as already available in XML Compare. It also adds the ability to ignore the order of columns, which means that a change in order doesn’t trigger delta markup in the result. Those used to seeing row duplications in their table results will be pleased to know that these have been dramatically reduced.

With XML Merge 11.0.0 and DITA Merge 7.0.0, this new table algorithm is included in merge products. This has added more complexity, but these products, as well as being easy to configure, produce the most rigorous and accurate comparisons. If some of the table versions have different structures, it’s necessary to select a ‘master’ table from which to create the result, which is used as the priority to determine which version to use as the master. The spans in that version are prioritised and other spans are created around them as necessary to ensure table validity. This approach helps to keep the result table as compact as possible while still representing how the table content has changed.

Stilo launches Migrate 5.0

Still Corporation, a provider of automated content conversion tools, announced the launch of its latest software product, Migrate 5.0. This new release promises to provide more robust and reliable content conversion capabilities for organizations looking to convert legacy content (such as HTML, Word, and FrameMaker) into structured XML. Migrate 5.0 builds on Stilo’s previous content conversion solutions by incorporating new features and capabilities, including DITA 2.0, that make the conversion process even more streamlined and efficient.

One of the key new features of Migrate 5.0 is the upgraded framework which significantly improves performance and stability. With this new upgrade, Migrate 5.0 becomes a more potent and adaptable tool, making it a useful solution for any organization seeking to optimize its data migration process. A free sample conversion is available on Stilo’s website.

Stilo develops tools to help organizations automate the conversion of content to XML and build XML content processing components integral to enterprise-level publishing solutions. Operating from Canada, Stilo supports commercial publishers, technology companies and government agencies around the world in their pursuit of structured content.

Syncro Soft releases Oxygen XML suite 25.1

Syncro Soft, developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, announced the availability of version 25.1 of its XML suite of products: Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, Publishing Engine, WebHelp, PDF Chemistry, and Scripting, as well as version 3.0 of the Oxygen Feedback comment management platform.

Highlights include productivity improvements for DITA authors and DITA publishers who produce either CSS-based PDF or WebHelp output. JSON schema designers get functionality to help them in Design mode, upgrades to JSON tools, and support for editing JSON Lines documents. YAML editing support is now similar to Oxygen’s JSON support. The scripting community now has access to ready-to-use GitHub project templates and GitHub actions that allow users to automate scripts and some of the existing scripts were improved, while new ones were added.

Oxygen XML Web Author comes with updates for the comparison tool and image maps, new plugins are available for adding support for CALS tables in custom frameworks, rendering LaTeX equations, and providing client-side evaluation of XPath expressions. The latest version of Oxygen Feedback is the Content Indexing and Search feature, which enables you to utilize Oxygen Feedback as an external search engine for your published Oxygen WebHelp Responsive output.

DeltaXML eases HTML table comparison with XML Compare 14

DeltaXML announced the release of Version 14 of XML Compare, which now includes table comparison improvements to HTML tables. This new version features a major update to the way HTML tables are handled when comparing tables and reporting differences as well as new capabilities to ensure you get the best results when processing tables.

New HTML table capabilities include both ordered and ‘orderless’ columns. By default, column order is significant so if column order changes, that is flagged up in the results. But if column order doesn’t matter, you can now figure the comparison to ignore column order and it will align them differently in the result. Another new feature is Column Keying allowing you to control the way in which columns are aligned.

Improvements include the way changes to spans are handled enabling finer-grained results for cells and rows and improved display and understanding. When a column moves, is added or deleted, improvements to Column Alignment provides a new result which makes more sense and is immediately apparent to the viewer and easier to understand.

These xHTML table enhancements are now in the process of being rolled out to DeltaXML’s DITA Compare and DocBook Compare products.

Genericode approved as an OASIS Standard

Members of OASIS Open, the international open source and standards consortium, have approved Code List Representation (genericode) v1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies that highest level of ratification. Developed by the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee (TC), the format, known as “genericode,” is a single semantic model for code lists and accompanying XML serialization that is designed to IT-enable and standardize the publication of machine-readable code list information and its interchange between systems.

A code list in its simplest form is a set of strings that represent an item or idea. Standardized code lists include country abbreviations, currency abbreviations, shipping container descriptors, and airport codes, while nonstandardized code lists used between trading partners include financial account types, workflow status indicators, and any set of values representing the semantics of related concepts known between the parties involved in information interchange. Genericode, a standardized code list representation, is a complete description of a code list, including alternate codes, and any other associated data. Genericode also describes how new code lists are derived from existing code lists, so that the derivation is repeatable, automatable, and auditable.

Netlify acquires Gatsby

Netlify, a platform for modern web development, announced that it has acquired Gatsby Inc., providers of a cloud platform for web delivery and content orchestration, and creators of the open source framework Gatsby.

Gatsby first became known for its open source, frontend framework that featured a data layer and an ecosystem of content management system (CMS) plugins. On top of the framework, Gatsby built a cloud platform for building, deploying, and previewing large enterprise content sites.

To keep the power in the hands of developers and honor its deep roots in open source, Netlify says it is committed to being a good steward of the Gatsby open-source project and the maintainers will join the open source group together with the creators of frameworks like Solid JS and Eleventy.

Gatsby’s source plugin ecosystem, originally targeted primarily to content management systems, is also accessible to any data source that exposes an API (such as e-commerce systems like Shopify), enabling teams to adopt composable architectures without having to write glue code. The company has been working closely with partners and enterprise customers to deliver the new Valhalla Content Hub, which builds upon their data layer and delivers a hosted, fault-tolerant, edge-first GraphQL API.


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