[jsword-devel] Update on JSword

Manfred Bergmann bergmannmd at web.de
Tue Oct 6 00:23:27 MST 2009

Am 05.10.2009 um 22:58 schrieb DM Smith:

> On 10/05/2009 04:10 PM, Manfred Bergmann wrote:
>> Am 05.10.2009 um 14:22 schrieb DM Smith:
>>> On Oct 5, 2009, at 9:09 AM, Manfred Bergmann wrote:
>>>> Hi.
>>>> I think switching to Java 1.5 is a good decision.
>>>> As you said Java 1.5 is available for Mac OSX 10.4 and AFAIR this  
>>>> was the only door stopper.
>>>> Then it would also be nice to get Generics in JSword.
>>>> What actually is missing to bring JSword up to speed with C++  
>>>> Sword?
>>> The biggest things: av11n and ability to write modules (which  
>>> supports personal commentary). We probably should add FTP back in.  
>>> (Try to use HTTP first and on failure go to FTP automatically)
>> av11n I think is too big a challenge for me but I could have a look  
>> at writing modules.
> That sounds great. I'll tackle the av11n. It will be hard.
>> AFAIHS the low-level stuff is in jsword-sword and I guess here is  
>> the actual writing code to be implemented?
> The implementation will be in JSword. I can point you to the classes  
> that will need to change and I can document the layout of the files  
> too.

Ok, that would be great.
Can we manage new features and all this update stuff in JIRA?

I've already set up the project in IDEA, so I'm ready to go. :)

>>> I'm sure there are others, but I haven't thought about it in a  
>>> long time.
>> Did you need some distance from the project? Or were you busy with  
>> other things?
> I guess it was a little bit of both. I was busy with family  
> obligations and work. The big family events are past and work has  
> just eased up a bit. But then I just didn't get back into it.
>> Manfred
>>>> Am 05.10.2009 um 13:22 schrieb DM Smith:
>>>>> I'm working on JSword again after a long time of not being able  
>>>>> to.
>>>>> A couple of notes:
>>>>> I've upgraded all the QA tools (e.g. findbugs, checkstyle) and  
>>>>> in the process broke the nightly build. I'll fix that shortly.
>>>>> I am applying patches, fixing bugs, upgrading 3-rd party  
>>>>> components and satisfying requests that others have made. I  
>>>>> checked in a change for Tonny the other night. (Tonny hopefully  
>>>>> you grabbed that. If not you might need to build the jars  
>>>>> yourself.)
>>>>> If you develop on a Mac in Eclipse and have upgraded to Snow  
>>>>> Leopard, you'll need to go into Preferences -> Java and delete  
>>>>> all the JREs and re-add them. Without doing that, it will not  
>>>>> let you run the program w/in Eclipse.
>>>>> Lucene has just released version 2.9. This is in preparation for  
>>>>> the 3.0 release, with the only real difference between the two  
>>>>> is that deprecations are being removed. The second minor  
>>>>> difference is that 3.0 will require Java 5 as it is introducing  
>>>>> Generics into the API (supposedly in a backward compatible, drop- 
>>>>> in the new jar, kind of way. We'll see.) I'm working on  
>>>>> upgrading to it. Lots has changed internally. The impact to  
>>>>> JSword is that our lucene search indexes will need to be  
>>>>> rebuilt, requiring us to finish their versioning and handling a  
>>>>> version difference in the front-ends.
>>>>> Speaking of Snow Leopard for Mac OSX. Our policy has been to  
>>>>> support old OSes for a long time, but not forever. I.E. the  
>>>>> current and two prior. Soon we'll be dropping support for  
>>>>> Panther, which came out 6 years ago this month. (A year and a  
>>>>> half ago Panther was on 23% of all Macs.) This will happen when  
>>>>> we go to Lucene 3.0 and Java 5. (Note: Tiger does not install  
>>>>> Java 5 but it is available for install. We'll need to provide  
>>>>> notes.) I'd still like to release ELEPHANT (see other threads or  
>>>>> JIRA for a description) as the last Java 1.4 application.
>>>>> With the new version of Lucene, I am a new method to  
>>>>> PassageTally called getTotal and SearchModifier with (set/get) 
>>>>> MaxResults. This optimization will give us a place to hang the  
>>>>> total number of hits in a search request when the user only  
>>>>> wants to see the top 20 or so. The current code would prioritize  
>>>>> all the verses coming back from a search and then sort them.  
>>>>> These results were then pruned to the top N verses. Lucene has  
>>>>> now simplified how this can happen with its new Collector  
>>>>> method. There is a Collector that only retains the hits that  
>>>>> have a higher score than the N-th one with the lowest score, but  
>>>>> counts all of them. PassageTally is at its best when it is  
>>>>> small. So now only the top N are put into the PassageTally and  
>>>>> the total hits are recorded.
>>>>> Lucene has also introduced new Arabic and Persian analyzers.  
>>>>> These will make searches on those much nicer. I'll need some  
>>>>> testing volunteers for that when I've got it all checked in.
>>>>> In His Service,
>>>>>    DM Smith
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