MetaModel 1.1 released!

As I write this newsitem I'm uploading the new version of MetaModel to the maven repositories! So let me take the time to tell you what's new in this release.

First of all I'd like to say that this is really a release with lots of fundamental changes and we have sacrificed backwards-compatibility at some places, so be sure to check that everything is working exactly as before. That said - those things that we have changed will also cause you compilation problems, so if you do a drop-in replacement and your build fails, then it's because the features have changed. We think this is the easiest way for everybody to deal with changes - it's a lot more obvious that you need to do something if it's really keeping your application from working! The good thing is that the new MetaModel provides a lot of great improvements and new features!

Here's a sum-up of the changes made to MetaModel from version 1.0 to 1.1:

  • We've done a major restructuring of the project as to make it more modular and easier to figure out.
  • This also means that the way you create DataContext objects have changed. In 1.0 you used the constructor of DataContext. This approach have been replaced by a factory class, which does all the instantiation and initialization stuff for you: DataContextFactory.
  • The MetaModel project is now LGPL licensed instead of using the Apache License version 2.0. For more info see MetaModelLicense.
  • The built-in query-engine, "Query postprocessor", which is used to serve CSV, Excel and XML content, have gone through numerous improvements to performance and functinality.
  • Column types can now be detected, narrowed and transformed using the Query postprocessor engine. This means that you can use the engine to detect and retrieve Integer, Double, Date, Time and Boolean types as well as the old String-based values, even from text-only datastores such as CSV files.
  • The JDBC datastores now have a query rewriter component which allows for optimization of queries using native SQL-syntax.
  • Query postprocessor now also generates information schemas used to investigate metadata about CSV, Excel and XML files.
  • Database compliancy have grown constantly during development and will keep doing so forward on. You can check the supported databases here: MetaModelCompliancy

All in all I think this release marks a high degree of maturity for the MetaModel project and we're very proud to present it to you!

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