Version History

0.9.15

Date of release: 2014-11-05

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed an oversight where an Engine static field was accidentally initialized in a non-static initializer, causing problems in multi-threaded environment.
  • Removed version ranges from Maven dependencies, replacing them with concrete version numbers.
  • Log files now don't contain the stack trace twice when the processing session is aborted by a file processing error.
  • Setting values with integer type haven't understood + prefix, like in +1.

New features, improvements:

  • Added JSON data loader.
  • Exposed relevant FreeMarker settings added since 2.3.15:
  • The command line tool doesn't "snip" (--8<--) error messages any more, instead, by default, it prints a cause message chain instead of a stack trace on error. This is especially useful as newer FreeMarker versions tend to give more detailed error messages that shouldn't be cut off. Stack traces can be asked with the new printStackTrace setting. The snip setting is now deprecated, and is only an inverted alias to printStackTrace.
  • Improved console error output quality in general.
  • The command line tool now detects the actual number of console (terminal) columns and wraps lines accordingly. Earlier it has used 80 columns. This only works if you invoke FMPP with the provided shell script (bin/fmpp or bin/fmpp.bat). Also, it won't work if you have explicitly set the columns setting (like in ~/.fmpprc) as then that will take precedence.
  • Better java location detection in the UN*X shell script (bin/fmpp)
  • FMPP license has been changed from BSD to Apache License 2.0. The copyright owner has been changed to be the same as the owners of FreeMarker. The two projects now share the same license and Contributor License Agreement.
  • The dependencies of FMPP has been updated/changed:
    • Attention! The minimum required Java version has been increased from 1.2 to 1.4.
    • Attention! The minimum required FreeMarker version has been increased from 2.3.15 to 2.3.21.
    • Removed Oro dependency (lib/oro.jar) as regular expression support is included in Java 1.4.
    • Updated FreeMarker dependency from 2.3.15 to 2.3.21 (lib/freemarker.jar and FreeMarker Manual).
    • Updated ImageInfo to version 1.9. It isn't included in fmpp.jar any more, instead it's a regular dependency (lib/imageinfo.jar).
    • Updated xml-resolver.jar dependency from 1.1 to version 1.2 (note that thus its license changes from Apache License 1.1 to Apache License 2.0)
  • Added new constructor, Engine(BeansWrapper beansWrapper, Version fmIncompImprovements), deprecated the earlier Version-less overload.
  • Removed long deprecated method: Settings.execute(Engine eng).
  • The project source code was moved from SourceForge.net to GitHub: https://github.com/freemarker/fmpp.
  • Overall source code structure and Ant build improvements.
  • Updated Web site and documentation design, also cleaned up the content a bit.

0.9.14

Date of release: 2009-03-15

Bug fixes:

  • Fixing bug that caused skipUnchanged to skip a file when the destination was newer than the source. Now it only skips files when the modification date of the source and destination files are exactly the same.
  • Fixing some TDD parser crashes occurring when parsing invalid TDD.
  • Preventing obviously useless traversing inside SVN and CVS directories.
  • Fixed some typos in the documentation.

New features, improvements:

  • FMPP now can create empty directories using one of the two new features (reminder: FMPP creates output directories on-demand before an actual output file is created in them, hence usually it doesn't create empty directories):
    • If a directory file contains a file named createdir.fmpp then that will ensure that the containing directory will exist in the output as well. The createdir.fmpp file itself will not appear in the output, it's only a marker.
    • New setting, alwaysCreateDirectories: If this is set to true, all processed directories will produce a corresponding output directory, even when that directory will be empty.
  • The XML data loader now supports XInclude-s by setting its xincludeAware option to true.
  • To follow the Ant conventions, now sourceRoot can alternatively be specified with the srcdir attribute, and outputRoot with the destdir attribute of the Ant task.
  • API: New JavaBean propery in fmpp.Engine and fmpp.setting.Settings: dontTraverseDirectories. It should be set to true by front-ends that explicitly specify the list of all source files and source directories, rather than expecting the Engine to discover them. Till now such front-ends only specified the list of files, so this property wasn't needed. However, to support the new alwaysCreateDirectories setting, now the list of directories should be passed as well, and hence the need for this new property.
  • Updated freemarker.jar and the included FreeMarker Manual to 2.3.15.

0.9.13

Date of release: 2007-12-16

Bug fixes:

  • The skipUnchanged setting haven't had any effect since 0.9.10. Now it works again.
  • When detecting the dimensions of certain image files, new lines were printed to the standard output (i.e., to the console).
  • The slicedText data loader has ignored the encoding parameter.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! The csv, text and slicedText data loaders didn't skipped the BOM (byte order mark) character at the beginning of the file. This was a problem as the Windows Notepad inserts a BOM there when it saves with UTF-8 encoding. This fix is not 100% backward compatible, as someone may indeed wanted to have that BOM.
  • API: The fmpp.dataloaders.AbstractTextDataLoader ignored the encoding returned by the parseExtraArguments method.
  • API: The fmpp.dataloaders.AbstractTextDataLoader didn't removed the BOM character from the beginning of files.

New features, improvements:

  • The csv data loader has a few new options: normalizeHeaders, trimCells, and emptyValue. More details...
  • Warning! Incompatible change! New setting: ignoreSvnFiles. This will ignore directories with name .svn inside the source root directory. This setting is by default on (true), so it's theoretically not backward compatible.
  • API: DataLoaderUtil.getStringArrayArgument and getStringArrayOption now have an overload with allowString argument, so that a single item can be easily treated as an array of length 1.
  • Updated freemarker.jar and the included FreeMarker Manual to 2.3.11.
  • The project has switched from CVS to SVN. The CVS repository is not used anymore.

0.9.12

Date of release: 2007-04-27

Bug fixes:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! In TDD files value types were incorrectly forced to string if they were inside an explicitly defined hash (i.e. inside { and }). Like {x: 1, y: false} was interpreted as {x: "1", y: "false"}, that is, both values were strings. From now it is interpreted correctly, so with the above example x will be the number 1 and y will be the boolean false.

New features, improvements:

  • New data loader: tddSequence for loading a TDD file as a TDD sequence (i.e. list) rather than as a TDD hash (i.e. map). More...
  • Updated freemarker.jar to 2.3.10, and bhs.jar (BeanShell) to 2.0b4 in the distribution pack.

0.9.11

Date of release: 2006-03-15

New features, improvements:

  • New setting: tagSyntax. This let you access this new setting of FreeMaker 2.3.5.
  • For nightly FMPP builds the build date is now logged in additional to the version number.
  • Updated freemarker.jar to 2.3.6, and bhs.jar (BeanShell) to 2.0b1.1 in the distribution pack.

Bug fixes:

  • The Ant task have processed all files of the source root directory if the number of selected file was 0.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! When sources was set to any empty list in a configuration file, the whole source root directory was processed in certain cases. From now it will process no files in that case. If you want to process the whole source root directory, don't specify the sources setting at all.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! The Settings class was badly assumed that the whole source root directory has to be processed if the sources setting was an empty list. This was incorrect, as in that case simply 0 files should be processed, and processing the whole source directory should occur only if the sources setting was not set at all (it's null when you get it). So, if you want the whole source root directory to be processed, don't set the sources setting at all. If it is already set, you can "unset" it with settings.remove(Settings.NAME_SOURCES).
  • The Ant task didn't logged setting errors into the log file.
  • The test suite now works with JDK 1.5, if you add xpathSupport.lib to the build.properties.

0.9.10

Date of release: 2005-10-23

New features, improvements:

  • The pp.newWritableSequence and pp.newWritableHash methods now have an optional parameter, which is the sequence or hash whose items are added to the new writable sequence or hash. This makes pp.copyWritable deprecated, which was not able to create writable sequences/hashes based on non-writable ones.
  • New setting: objectWrapper. This let FreeMarker "experts" to create and fully configure the freemarker.template.ObjectWrapper object that FMPP will use.
  • Java API: a new fmpp.Engine constructor now let you specify the freemarker.template.ObjectWrapper to use.
  • FreeMarker 2.3.4 is included in the distribution. Note the new feature of FreeMarket that let you use [#...], [@...], etc instead of <#...>, <@...>, etc if you start the template with [#ftl].
  • <FMPP>/docs/examples/multipage_list was updated to use sequence?chunk(pageSize), instead of complex BeanShell script that was needed before FreeMarker 2.3.3.
  • Manual improvements.

Bug fixes:

  • On Windows, fmpp.bat has sometimes build the CLASSPATH badly that ruined the command line call to java.exe and caused it to die with a strange ClassNotFoundError.
  • When a file is copied in "copy" processing mode, FMPP now sets the last modification time of the destination file to the last modification time of the source file.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! The FMPP engine has used and modified the shared freemarker.template.ObjectWrapper.BEANS_WRAPPER object, which is dangerous. From now by default it uses its own ObjectWrapper instance. If you have utilized that it uses the shared ObjectWrapper.BEANS_WRAPPER object (not recommended!), then for 100% backward compatibility you have to use the objectWrapper setting with this value:
    "ow = ObjectWrapper.BEANS_WRAPPER; ow.setSimpleMapWrapper(true); return ow;"
    (or if you don't use FMPP settings, do this in Java where you create the engine object: ObjectWrapper ow = ObjectWrapper.BEANS_WRAPPER; ow.setSimpleMapWrapper(true); Engine eng = new Engine(ObjectWrapper.BEANS_WRAPPER);)

0.9.9

Date of release: 2005-04-12

New features, improvements:

  • The csv data loader was improved:
    • With the new headers option you can specify the header row for a CSV file that doesn't actually have a header row.
    • With the new replaceHeaders option you can override the header row of a CSV file.
    • The values returned for the rows are now not only hashes but also the sequences of the cells.
  • New data loader: slicedText for loading a text file as a sequence of strings. More...
  • Java API: New class: fmpp.dataloaders.AbstractTextDataLoader, to ease the creation of custom text file data loaders for Java programmers.
  • Java API: New StringUtil methods: normalizeNewliens, split with trimming.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! The + operator in TDD files and configuration files is not allowed anymore. This operator was used for adding hashes prior 0.9.0. Since 0.9.0 the preferred (and now required) way of adding hashes is different. For example, assuming that your configuration file is in "properties" format (that is, the extension of the FMPP configuration file is cfg or properties), instead of this:
    data={a:1, b:2} + properties(data/style.properties) + birds:csv(data/birds.csv)
    your should write this:
    data=a:1, b:2, tdd(data/style.tdd), birds:csv(data/birds.csv)
    More information on hash addition...

Bug fixes:

  • The csv data loader has incorrectly interpreted "\n\r" as a single line-break.
  • Fixed some mistakes in the Manual and in the JavaDocs.

0.9.8

Date of release: 2005-01-28

New features, improvements:

  • FreeMarker 2.3.2mod (a stable nightly build after 2.3.2) is included.
  • FMPP was updated to enable the new output encoding and URL escaping related features of FreeMarker 2.3.1. (The usage of 2.3.2mod is recommended because of a bug fix.)
  • New setting: urlEscapingCharset
  • Java API: added static final fields to Engine for reserved engine parameter (setting) value strings: PARAMETER_VALUE_SOURCE, PARAMETER_VALUE_HOST, PARAMETER_VALUE_OUTPUT. Also added the similar missing static fields to the Settings class.

Bug fixes:

  • The reserved "host" output encoding value was not resolved in some rare cases.
  • The the pp.urlEnc/pp.urlPathEnc functions and the fmpp.util.StringUtil.urlEnc(...)/urlPathEnc(...) methods were malfunctioned with a few charsets, for example with UTF-16, UTF-7, and EBCDIC based charsets.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! The documentation of fmpp.ProgressListener.notifyProgressEvent(...) forgot to mention regarding the event parameter that: "As new event types can be introduced with new FMPP versions (even if it happens very seldom), a progress listener implementation should survive events that it does not understand. That is, it must not stop with an error, but it should silently ignore the event." Note that there is no new event type in this version.
  • Many fixes in the Manual and in the the API JavaDocs.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! The fmpp.util.NullWriter and fmpp.util.NullOutputStream classes has no public constructor anymore. Use their static INSTANCE field to get the singleton.
  • Fixed test-suite bugs: Windows vs UN*X vs Mac line-breaks, class-path problem in the build.xml.

0.9.7

Date of release: 2004-03-01

New features, improvements:

  • New setting: freemarkerLinks. This is a dirty hack to satisfy a frequent demand: <#include ...>/<#import ...> files that are outside the source root directory (as FTL macro libraries used by more projects).
  • Later nightly FreeMarker 2.3 build is included.

Bug fixes:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! From now, native separators (as backslash under Windows) are not tolerated in the paths used in <#import ...> and <#include ...> directives. You must use / there.
  • Fixes in the Manual and in the the API JavaDocs.

0.9.6

Date of release: 2004-01-20

New features, improvements:

  • New processing mode: renderXml. When a source file is processed in this mode, it's parsed as XML, and then the parsed XML document is rendered to output file(s) by a FreeMarker template, which is chosen based on the path or the document element of the XML document.
    • New setting: xmlRenderings. More info...
    • New pp variable: pp.doc. More info...
    • Java API: New class: fmpp.XmlRenderingConfiguration. New fmpp.Engine.PMODE_... constant: PMODE_RENDER_XML. New Engine methods to add/clean XML rendering configurations.
  • When template execution dies with error, and it didn't generated any output yet, nor it flushed the output explicitly or by changing output file, then no 0 length output file will be generated.
  • New target in the build.xml, qinstall. It's the same as install, but assumes y for all questions.
  • Added figures to the Quick Tour chapter.
  • Java API: Added a new utility method to Engine: static String getProgressListenerEventName(int event)

0.9.5

Date of release: 2004-01-14

New features, improvements:

  • Java API: Improvements to the Settings class:
    • The API of this class is now as stable as other FMPP API-s, so it is not marked as experimental anymore.
    • The execute(Engine) method is now deprecated, and will be soon removed. Use execute() instead. If you use Settings, then don't create Engine objects manually anymore, just use the Settings object alone. See an example here...
    • Methods have been added to deal with progress listeners and engine attributes.
  • Java API: some convenience methods has been added: Settings.set(String, boolean), Settings.set(String, int), Settings.setDefault(String, boolean), Settings.setDefault(String, int), Engine.isXmlSupportAvailable(), TddHashLocalDataLoader(String)
  • More API documentation.
  • More reliable and helpful install Ant target.
  • Terminology change: To prevent confusion, the settings of the fmpp.Engine object (known be people who use FMPP at Java API level) are now called "engine parameters", as the "settings" term is already used since version 0.9.0 for the high level settings seen by usual front-end users.
  • Many grammatical mistakes have been fixed in the documentation. Other minor improvements in the Manual.

Bug fixes:

  • A later nightly FreeMarker 2.3 build is included, that fixes various bugs with XML related keys @@markup, @@nested_markup, @@start_tag, and @@attributes_markup. This is mostly important for people who uses data of XHTML format for generating (X)HTML pages.

0.9.4

Date of release: 2004-01-03

New features, improvements:

  • New setting: localData
    • Till now, all source files (all templates) have started with the same data model, the one you have specified with the data setting. With the new localData setting you can add variables to, and override the variables of the common data model, for groups of source files selected by path patterns.
    • This feature also let you attach a BeanShell script to a template, that can done some complex calculations before template execution, and put the results into the data model for the individual template.
    • The templateData setting is now deprecated.
    • Java API changes: New interface fmpp.LocalDataBuilder, deprecates fmpp.TemplateDataModelBuilder.
  • The borders setting supports multiple layers. That is, multiple borders can be used at once for the same file.
  • In <@pp.renameOutputFile ... /> you can use the extension parameter instead of name, to change only the extension of the output file.
  • Java API: TemplateEnvironment has new methods, most importantly static TemplateEnvironment getCurrentInstance() for accessing the current template environment in FreeMarker transforms/methods.
  • Java API: New methods to Engine: Object getData(name) (returns unwrapped original values), Object removeData(name), cleatData() (deprecates misnamed clearSharedVariables()).
  • Java API: Engine attribute that implements ProgressListener get notifications about engine events.
  • Java API: fmpp.tdd.FunctionCall has public constructor now.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Engine.getData(...) doesn't throw TemplateModelException anymore, because data wrapping is now deferred until the session execution.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Synchronization was removed from Engine. It did the same as if you synchronize on the Engine instance and call the methods anyway...
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! ProgressListener.notifyProgressEvent(...) is now allowed to throw Exception.
  • More API documentation.

Bug fixes:

  • <@pp.renameOutputFile ... /> has malfunctioned when the buffer was already flushed.
  • Minor documentation fixes.
  • 3rd party libraries BeanShell and ORO were upgraded. The upgrades fix a few bugs.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Package fmpp.listeners were renamed to fmpp.progresslisteners.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Engine.removeAttribue was renamed to Engine.removeAttribute.

0.9.3

Date of release: 2003-12-22

New features, improvements:

  • In FreeMarker 2.3: The quotations in FreeMarker error messages are now terser and thus easier to read.
  • Various really missing XML related features added (Detailed information...):
    • New settings: xmlCatalogFiles, xmlCatalogPrefer. With these settings you can setup the OASIS catalogs that will be used for resolving entities in XML files. (See <FMPP>/docs/examples/xml_validating)
    • New option to the xml data loader: validate. This specifies if the XML file will be checked for validity.
    • New setting: validateXml. This specifies if by default XML files will be checked for validity.
    • New setting: xpathEngine. With this setting you can set if you want to use Jaxen or Xalan for XPath-s.

Bug fixes:

  • In FreeMarker 2.3: A bug that caused template processing to fail with NullPointerException on low memory conditions is now fixed. A bug in Jaxen XPath support that caused NullPointerException-s has been fixed. Etc.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Engine.process doesn't throw sly unchecked fmpp.IllegalConfigurationException-s anymore. Also, fmpp.IllegalConfigurationException is not public from now; it wasn't mentioned in other public API-s anyway.
  • FMPP has died with internal error if somebody tried to use XML related features, and XML support was not available.
  • Minor documentation fixes.

0.9.2

Date of release: 2003-11-12

Bug fixes:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! Only Windows users (and the users of other operation systems where paths use something else instead of slash) are affected by this fix. Relative paths in <#include ...> and <#import ...> were badly interpreted relatively to the sourceRoot. Now they are correctly interpreted relatively to the directory of the template file. This bug fix is not backward compatible, if you have accidentally utilized the bad behavior. For example, you have included <sourceRoot>/includes/foo.ftl in a template file which is in not directly in the sourceRoot like this: <#include "includes/foo.ftl">. Now you should replace it with: <#include "/includes/foo.ftl">.
  • Minor documentation fixes.

0.9.1

Date of release: 2003-11-09

New features, improvements:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! Data loader antProperty and antProperties now can convert the property values to numerical, boolean, or data/time/date-time variables. For example, to expose property x as numerical variable, use antProperty(x?n) instead of antProperty(x). This causes backward compatibility problem only if you have Ant property names that ends with one of these: ?n, ?b, ?d, ?t, ?dt, ?s, and you have specified their name as parameter to these data loaders. In this case, append ?s at the end of the parameters. More info...
  • Data loader csv now supports columns of type date, time, and date-time. More info...
  • Later nightly build of FreeMarker 2.3 is included, that introduces new built-ins: j_string, js_string. These can be used to escape text with Java language or JavaScript string literal escaping rules. Also it contains some minor bug fixes.
  • The text hard-wrapper (used by the command-line tool) has some fixes and improvements.
  • Added a chapter about writing new front-ends. Here...
  • A few minor fixes in the documentation and in the examples.

Bug fixes:

  • The expert setting worked inverted with the Ant task when it decided if you are allowed to use the project base directory as outputRoot.
  • The install target of build.xml didn't stopped nicely if the ANT_HOME was not set.

0.9.0

Date of release: 2003-10-30

New features, improvements:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! The default configuration file format is TDD from now, instead of "Java properties" (to decrease the number of syntaxes user has to use). Files with extension cfg or properties are automatically interpreted as "Java properties" file, so the old fmpp.cfg-s will still work. But if your old configuration file doesn't use extension cfg or properties, then you have to rename it now. Also, note that the default file name for the new (TDD) configuration files is config.fmpp, which has priority over fmpp.cfg when both present in the same directory. More info...
  • TDD was substantially revisited.
    • The TDD syntax has several improvements and also conceptual changes. The revisited TDD is backward compatible with the old. However, I will remove hash unions later, so + will be available for other purposes. To prepare for this future change, just replace + characters with comma (,) in your hash unions. See the chapter about the new TDD...
      • All FTL string literal features are supported. Escapes, raw strings...
      • With a new escape sequence, strings can be broken into multiple lines visually, without affecting their value.
      • Much more character is allowed in unquoted strings.
      • FTL comments and single line # comments are supported.
      • TDD files can specify their own encoding (charset) with a special comment in their first line.
      • Line-break can be used instead of comma to separate items in listings.
      • The hash union concept was gone. Instead, you can put hashes directly into the enclosing hash.
      • In hashes the value can be omitted from the key:value pair, in which case it defaults to true.
    • TDD error messages show the error location (line, column, file) and quote the problematic line.
    • TDD now uses term "TDD function" instead of "TDD directive".
    • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! fmpp.tdd.TddParser was gone, and fmpp.tdd.Interpreter was introduced instead, which has different API.
  • The FMPP Ant task now can load the settings from configuration files, with the new attribute configuration. Thus, now you can store the settings in a single place if you use FMPP both as command-line tool and Ant task. Look at <FMPP>/docs/examples/build.xml and <FMPP>/docs/examples/ant3 to see applications.
  • New setting: inheritConfiguration. It is used for "customizing" an existing configuration by overriding some settings in it. See <FMPP>/docs/examples/inherit_cfg. More info...
  • Warning! Incompatible change! Setting sources now uses TDD sequence syntax. Thus, you can't separate the files with : or ; anymore, but with comma (,). According to TDD syntax, quote file names that contain problematic characters, e.g.:
    no/problem/with.it, "but quote this.txt",
    C:\windows\path, r"C:\quote this win\path"
  • Error message creation mechanism was changed. The messages are now more "stupid mechanical", but there is far less chance that some helpful detail is accidentally left out.
  • The default values of a few settings of the command-line tool can be customized with .fmpprc file placed into the user home directory or into the FMPP home directory. More info...
  • The get data loader function returns the values of other variables in the data model. This can be used to pass previously loaded data to other data loaders as parameters, for example:
    data: {doc:xml(data/foo.xml), index:com.example.IndexBuilderDataLoader(get(doc))}. More information...
  • Data loader eval has an optional 2nd parameter, the hash of variables that will be available when the BeansScript is evaluated. For example:
    data: eval('...', {foo:properties(foo.properties), items:get(items)})
    More info....
  • With the new appendLogFile setting you can specify that the log file is continued, rather than restarted for each processing session.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! The fmpp file extension is now reserved for the purposes of FMPP. Files with this extension are never processed (they are ignored). If you had to process files of this extension, protect them using double extension as test.fmpp.keepme, and then add the extra extension (keepme in this case) to the removeExtensions setting.
  • The quiet setting now accepts values true, false, and reallyQuiet. Integer values are supported for backward compatibility only.
  • These settings were renamed: removePostfix to removePostfixes, removeExtension to removeExtensions, replaceExtension to replaceExtensions. This change is backward compatible, because the old names are internally translated.
  • New FMPP Ant task attribute: antTaskFailOnError. This tells if the FMPP Ant task should abort the Ant project with error if there were errors during the FMPP processing session.
  • Engine.process(File src, File out) now modifies null sourceRoot and/or outputRoot settings for the time of the method call to the parent directories of the source and output files respectively.
  • FMPP build information (build date) can be queried with the new method, Engine.getBuildInfo. Also now the command-line tool prints it with --version.
  • Improvements to the command-line help, such as new command-line option --long-help.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! Engine.process doesn't throw IOException anymore, only ProcessingException.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! The built-in DataLoader implementations were moved into new package tdd.dataloaders.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! tdd.util.StringUtil.excToStr(Throwable) was removed.
  • Revisited documentation and site generator.
  • Now mode x is set for bin/* in the tar file.
  • Added test suite. (But more test cases should be added...)

Bug fixes:

  • fmpp.bat was stopped with error if it didn't find Ant! AAARGH!
  • A later nightly build of the uncompleted FreeMarker 2.3 is included. This fixes a FreeMarker bug that has caused the first empty line of the template files ignored, when the template has started with empty line.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! The FMPP Ant task didn't aborted the Ant project when stopOnError="false", and the were skipped failed processing. Now it does. Note that the old behavior can be emulated using antTaskFailOnError="false".
  • pp.locale didn't followed the locale changes made at template execution time with <#setting locale=...>.
  • Various other little fixes here and there... But don't be sad. Many exciting new bugs has been added during the refactorings... ;)

0.8.12

Date of release: 2003-09-30

New features, improvements:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! A later nightly build of the uncompleted FreeMarker 2.3 is included. Unfortunately it contains some incompatible changes (Sorry... :( I will not risk nightly FreeMarker builds anymore after 2.3 is out...):
    • White-space stripping is now more aggressive as before: it always removes leading and trailing white-space if the line only contains FTL tags. (Earlier the white-space was not removed if the tag was <#include ...> or user-defined directive tag with empty directive syntax as <@myMacro/> (or its equivalents: <@myMacro></@myMacro> and <@myMacro></@>). Now white-space is removed in these cases as well.) Also, top-level white-space that separates macro definitions and/or assignments is now ignored. More information...
    • The return value of freemarker.template.TemplateMethodModel.exec(...) is Object, not TemplateModel.
  • New pp variable: freemarkerVersion. Also, new fmpp.Engine method: fmpp.Engine.getFreeMarkerVersionNumber(). Also, FreeMarker version number is printed together with FMPP version number everywhere.
  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! API change: fmpp.Engine.getVersionNumber() does not throw checked exceptions anymore.
  • New pp directive: pp.restartOutputFile. This directive empties the output file, but does not delete the file or discards the further output as pp.dropOutputFile does.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! New setting: "ignore temporary files". This filters out certain typical temporary/backup files (that is, it chooses ignore processing mode for them), unless you explicitly set this setting to false. The old .bak and ~* filter mechanism was removed. Note that this all does not affect the FMPP Ant task. More information...

Bug fixes:

  • With setting "borders", using headers with a template that contains <#ftl ...> resulted on illegal FreeMarker template, as nothing can precede the ftl directive. Now the header is intelligently moved after the ftl directive.
  • The documentation of pp.set and pp.add was totally confused.
  • The engine was unable to return the FMPP version number sometimes due class loader issues.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! Setting "ignore CVS files" had lower priority than the processing mode chooser list. Now it has higher priority.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! Setting "ignore CVS files" didn't ignored .#?* files. Now it does.

0.8.11

Date of release: 2003-08-11

New features, improvements:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! A later nighly build of the uncompleted FreeMarker 2.3 is included. Most importantly, its XML handling is now much better, but unfortunately has incompatible changes:
    • Attribute queries such as foo.@bar now return sequences (similarly to child element queries and XPath queries), not single nodes. Because of the rule with node sequences of size 1, it is still good to write ${foo.@bar}, but built-ins such as ?exists, ?if_exists or ?default don't work as before. For example, instead of foo.@bar?default('black'), you now have to write foo.@bar[0]?default('black'). So if you have used existence built-ins with attributes, you have to find those occurrences in the templates and add that [0].
    • XML name-space handling has been totally reworked and is absolutely incompatible with the old stuff. Don't worry about this if none of your XML input documents use xmlns.
    • Special-keys @@ and @* now return a sequence of attribute nodes instead of the hash of them.
  • The xml data loader has a new boolean option: namespaceAware. If this is set to false, you can load XML files with the logic as XML has worked before the introduction of name-spaces.
  • Minor fixes/improvements in the manual.

Bug fixes:

  • The FMPP Ant task stopped with error if you have used nested elements and you have executed multiple "top-level" tasks with the same ant invocation.
  • The snip function of the command-line tool has snipped the text-flood too late sometimes.

0.8.10

Date of release: 2003-07-03

New features, improvements:

  • Warning! Incompatible change! This release uses a nightly build of the uncompleted FreeMarker 2.3. FreeMarker 2.3 adds several important new features to 2.2.x, but it is not fully backward compatible. Do not forget to read the list of uncompatible changes in the FreeMarker Manual!
  • antProperties improved: You can give the names of Ant properties you want to expose, as parameters. So if you want to expose only properties foo and bar, then just write antProperties(foo, bar). More info...
  • New data loader antProperty, to expose the value of a single Ant property. More info...
  • New data loader xml, which uses the new XML wrapper of FreeMarker. It replaces the old xmlInfoset data loader, which is kept only for backward compatibility. More info...
  • Some code clean-up (as removing a few unused variables).
  • From now, freemarker.jar will be checked in to the CVS repository.

Bug fixes:

  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! In fmpp.util.FreemarkerUtil, FtlVarToCoreJavaObject is now renamed to ftlVarToCoreJavaObject

0.8.9

Date of release: 2003-05-02

New features, improvements:

  • Better error messages: FMPP tools now tend to show the whole cause chain, rather than just the top-level exception.
  • New data loader: text. This loads a plain text file into a string variable.
  • New pp variable to retrieve the FMPP Engine version number: pp.version
  • Easier to build:
    • Task for getting the latest nightly FMPP.
    • Fixed the class loading issues of the "docs" task, so the default target is now "build".
  • The distribution now works with JDK 1.2.2
  • Minor additions to the Manual.

Bug fixes:

  • The Ant build was not working without build.properties.
  • The localized lookup feature of FreeMarker was not disabled, and it could cause confusing effects.
  • The log file didn't stored the source file path for errors that was logged before the "END OF PROCESSING SESSION" message.

0.8.8

Date of release: 2003-04-29

New features, improvements:

  • Rewritten fmpp.bat; it is now more flexible.
  • More documentation. No more "Under Construction" logo.
  • New pp hash methods: outputFileLastModified, sourceFileLastModified, realFileLastModified

Bug fixes:

  • Predefined data loader now didn't used the "time zone" FMPP engine setting.
  • The "turns" setting was missing from the Manual.
  • Fixing some typos in the error messages and in the documentation.

0.8.7

Date of release: 2003-04-12

New features, improvements:

  • New date/time related settings of FreeMarker 2.2.1 are exposed now: date format, time format, datetime format, time zone
  • Date/time related pp variables: now, sessionStart.
  • Final version of FreeMarker 2.2.1 is included.

Bug fixes:

  • The classpath in fmpp.jar didn't included bsh.jar.

0.8.6

Date of release: 2003-04-06

New features, improvements:

  • New pp method: pp.loadData(dataLoaderName, args...). This can be used to load data into a variable in templates, with the same data loaders as with the "data" setting. More information...
  • New Engine method: TemplateModel wrap(Object obj)
  • Newer nightly build of FreeMarker is included (2.2.1).

Bug fixes:

  • Warning! Incompatible Java API change! DataLoader.load(engine, args) now uses List instead of ArrayList for the args.
  • The install target of build.xml forgot to copy bsh.jar.
  • Minor fixes in the documentation.

0.8.5

Date of release: 2003-03-23

New features, improvements:

  • New built-in data loader directive: eval(JavaExpression)

Bug fixes:

  • Fixes in the documentation.

0.8.4

Date of release: 2003-03-21

New features, improvements:

  • More documentation. Especially in the documentation of the command-line tool.
  • New setting: replace extension
  • Warning! Incompatible change! If the option remove-extension or remove-postfix is specified both in the configuration file and in the command-line, then the two option parameter values will be merged.
  • Newer nightly build of FreeMarker 2.2 is included.

Bug fixes:

  • The output file name deduction was applied twice in certain situations.

0.8.3

Date of release: 2003-03-16

New features, improvements:

  • bin/fmpp and bin\fmpp.bat now can load the FMPP realted jars from the ANT_HOME.
  • Added install target to build.xml that copies the jars to the ANT_HOME.
  • More detailed installing instructions.

Bug fixes:

  • fmpp.FileUtil.compressPath has died with IndexOutOfBounds in rare cases.
  • rar was missing from the list of static file extensions.

0.8.2

Date of release: 2003-03-13

New features, improvements:

  • Block assignments instead of @capture. For example, instead of <@capture local="foo">...</@capture> you can write <#local foo>...</#local>.
  • New pp methods to calculate relative paths: pathTo and sourcePathTo.
  • fmpp.FileUtil.getRelativePath does no require anymore that the starting point is an ascendent directory of the destination.
  • Newer nightly build of FreeMarker 2.2 is included (supports block assignments + bug fixes).

Bug fixes:

  • fmpp.FileUtil.getRelativePath has returned bad results in some rare situations.

0.8.1

Date of release: 2003-03-10

New features, improvements:

  • Added "ignore CVS files" setting.
  • Added xml_infoset example.
  • Simplified build process.
  • Some minor fixes in the html-s and txt-s.
  • Newer nightly build of FreeMarker 2.2 is included.
  • Warning! Incompatible change! ?chop was renamed to ?chop_linebreak (due the changes in the FreeMarker 2.2 CVS head)
  • Warning! Incompatible change! CVS files (**/.cvsignore and **/CVS/) in the source directory will be ignored by default.

Bug fixes:

  • The Manifest.mf in fmpp.jar was empty.
  • Last-generated date was incorrect on the HTML pages.

0.8.0

Date of release: 2003-03-05

The initial Sourceforge release.