For some time now we’ve talked on our IRC channel when we should make the switch to the JCR 2.0 API, and lately there’s been more and more interest in it. We took a look at our roadmap, and figured out a way to shift our planned releases and get on to the 2.x line sooner than later. We solicited feedback from the community, all of which has been very positive.
Therefore, ModeShape’s next release will be 2.0 and will use the JCR 2.0 API. We tried to design ModeShape so that its components were compatible with the JCR 2.0 features. For example, our node type management, query support, binary values all based upon the JCR 2.0 draft specification that has since been finalized, so much of our work involves updating the interfaces, adding support for several smaller features introduced with JCR 2.0 (e.g., weak references, identifiers, etc.), tweaking implementations of features that changed between JCR 1.0 and 2.0 (e.g., versioning, observation, etc.), and updating our documentation.
We plan to release ModeShape 2.0 in the next 3 weeks, so stay tuned!