HiveBoard 0.2.0 released!

We are proud to announce the second release of the "HiveBoard" application on SourceForge.

In addition to many bugs fixes, the main improvements of release 0.2.0 are:
- support of Jetty 5.1 servlet container (in addition to Tomcat 5)
- support of PostgreSQL 8.0 database engine (in addition to MySQL 4.1)
- account administration features in the client application
- support of https and optimization (through gzip) of messages (thanks to HiveMind Utilities 0.4.6 upgrade)

The HiveBoard project aims to build a distributed shared whiteboard system, particularly useful for meetings between remote teams (eg: in offshore development). It is 100% built in Java, based on a client/server architecture. Version 0.2.0 has the following highlights:
- Server running on Jakarta Tomcat 5 or Jetty 5.1, and using PostgreSQL 8.0 or MySQL 4.1
- Communication transport based on http (ensures usability through firewalls)
- Secure access to authorized persons only
- Storage of whiteboards in DB (to allow meetings to be interrupted and resumed later)
- Rich graphical client application, easy to setup and use, running on Java JRE 1.4 or later, allowing free docking of views inside the main window (according to the user wishes)
- Account administration available in the rich client application
- Several graphical tools available: free-hand pen, eraser, oval, rectangle, text. Color, line thickness, font type and size can be changed.

Technical highlights:
- Server is Servlet 2.3 compliant and is based upon the following techniques:
- "Inversion of Control" (HiveMind container)
- iBATIS SqlMaps for "low-level" database access
- Caucho Hessian protocol for remote communications over http
- HiveTranse for high-level transaction management and HiveMind-iBATIS integration
- HiveLock security framework for HiveMind
- HiveRemoting for Hessian-HiveMind integration
- HiveEvents for events notification
- Client uses the following techniques/libraries:
- Swing for all graphical aspects
- HiveMind
- HiveRemoting for remote access to the server
- HiveEvents for events notification
- HiveGUI for all GUI management (menus, docking, commands...)

HiveBoard web site:

The HiveBoard team

Posted by Jean-Francois Poilpret 2005-09-02

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