[Biojava-l] BioJava 1.5 Released

Richard Holland holland at ebi.ac.uk
Wed Jun 13 15:31:30 UTC 2007

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Hi all.

BioJava 1.5 has been released and is available for download from our
website at http://biojava.org/

Thanks to everyone who has made contributions, and in particular to
those who have spent many hours testing our new file parsers with every
combination of scenarios under the sun.

In addition to numerous bugfixes and enhancements, the highlights of
this release are brand new parsers for the most common file formats
(GenBank, Fasta, etc.), and a brand new BioSQL persistence layer that
uses Hibernate to interact with sequence databases. There is also a new
set of classes for creating genetic algorithms.

These are all part of the new org.biojavax package which represents
extensions to BioJava that would not fit easily into the existing
package structure. The classes in org.biojavax mostly extend and improve
on existing classes which could not be removed or replaced in order to
maintain compatibility with older code.

As usual if anyone finds any bugs in this release, please do report them
to us using the BugZilla tool at http://bugzilla.open-bio.org/

Please also note that this will be the last release of BioJava that will
be able to compile and run on Java 1.4. The next release (1.6) will move
at least to Java 5 or maybe straight to Java 6 (decision not yet made).

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