DbVisualizer 2.1/J2SE 1.4 beta 3

DbVisualizer 2.1 is available. Because DbVisualizer is written in Java and uses JDBC it is a database tool that is independent of any particular database or operating system. That comes in mighty handy. Plus it’s just a really good tool for database work. I prefer it to some of the tools that ship with the databases themselves. Let’s hope it keeps improving.
Another nifty release today was the third beta of the Java 2 v1.4 SDK. Code named Merlin, this version adds pieces that were previously separate like Java Web Start, includes new APIs for handling I/O, logging, preferences, etc., and of course fixes bugs that existed in previous releases. Sun earlier said that this new version would be released before the end of the year and it looks like they are on schedule for that.