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<title>Status File for Jakarta Commons "BeanUtils" Component</title>
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<h1>The Jakarta Commons <em>BeanUtils</em> Component</h1>
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<a href="#Introduction">[Introduction]</a>
<a href="#Dependencies">[Dependencies]</a>
<a href="#Release Info">[Release Info]</a>
<a href="#Committers">[Committers]</a>
<a href="#Action Items">[Action Items]</a>
<a name="Introduction"></a>
<h3>1. INTRODUCTION</h3>
<p>The <em>BeanUtils</em> Component contains a set of Java classes that provide
static utility methods useful in manipulating Java classes that conform to the
JavaBeans Specification naming patterns for bean properties in a dynamic
fashion. The following classes are included:</p>
<li><strong>BeanUtils</strong> - Higher level getters and setters that deal
with automatic conversion of String-represented property values to the
corresponding data types of the underlying property setters (and vice
versa), using the capabilities of the ConvertUtils and PropertyUtils
<li><strong>ConvertUtils</strong> - Utility methods to convert String arguments
to native Java types (and vice versa)</li>.
<li><strong>PropertyUtils</strong> - Low level getters and setters for bean
properties that perform no type conversions at all. Works on
<code>List</code> objects as well (Not JavaBeans standard).</li>
<p>An innovative and unique feature of this component is the syntax for
accessing nested and indexed bean properties. See the Javadocs
<a href="">PropertyUtils</a>
for more information about this feature.</p>
<a name="Dependencies"></a>
<h3>2. DEPENDENCIES</h3>
<p>The <em>BeanUtils</em> component is dependent upon the following external
components for development and use:</p>
<li><a href="">Java Development Kit</a>
(Version 1.2 or later)</li>
<li><a href="">Collections Classes</a>
from the Jakarta Commons Subproject</li>
<li><a href="">Logging Classes</a>
from the Jakarta Commons Subproject</li>
<li><a href="">JUnit Testing Framework</a>
(Version 3.7 or later) - for unit tests only, not required
for deployment</li>
<a name="Release Info"></a>
<h3>3. RELEASE INFO</h3>
<p>Current Release: Version 1.6.1</p>
<p>Planned Next Release: 1.7</p>
<a name="Committers"></a>
<h3>4. COMMITTERS</h3>
<p>The following individuals are the primary developers and maintainers of this
component. Developers who plan to use <em>BeanUtils</em> in their own
projects are encouraged to collaborate on the future development of this
component to ensure that it continues to meet a variety of needs.</p>
<li><a href="">Craig McClanahan</a></li>
<li><a href="">Geir Magnusson Jr.</a></li>
<li><a href="">Scott Sanders</a></li>
<li><a href="">Robert Burrell Donkin</a></li>
<li><a href="">dIon Gillard</a></li>
<li><a href="">James Strachan</a></li>
<li><a href="">Yoav Shapira</a></li>
<a name="Action Items"></a>
<h3>5. ACTION ITEMS</h3>
<p>The following action items need to be completed prior to the next
release of this component:</p>
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<th width="80%">Action Item</th>
<th width="20%">Volunteer</th>
<td><strong>Finish locale-sensitive beans and converters.</strong>.
<td align="center">All</td>
<td><strong>Add test cases</strong>. Especially for i18n classes.</td>
<td align="center">All</td>