It's my pleasure to announce the first alpha release of Hibernate Validator 5.1. This release brings you several new features based on top of the Bean Validation 1.1 APIs, substantial performance improvements as well as some bug fixes.
It has been quite some time since I have done my last Hibernate Search release announcement, so I am especially happy to get the 4.4 release train rolling. Hibernate Search 4.4.0.Alpha1 is now out and ready for download, either from the JBoss Maven Repository under the GAV org.hibernate:hibernate-search:4.4.0.Alpha1 or via SourceForge. The release contains fixes for 16 issues which you can closer inspect in the Jira release notes.
Tomorrow the London Java Community (LJC) meets for the monthly Meet a Project night. I'll be there again, this time to explain how to get started contributing to Hibernate Search and answer all the questions you might have about the mysterious world of open source professionals.
It has been a couple of weeks since Bean Validation 1.1 has gone final. In the mean time, the Java EE 7 platform spec has been finalized as well, so it's about time to have a closer look at what you can expect from these updates in relation to Bean Validation and its reference implementation, Hibernate Validator 5.