December 13, 2007

icu4j 3.8.1 maintenance release

not much new stuff here:
  • updated to use CLDR version 1.5.1
  • updates to timezone formatting and parsing (haven't checked if the bananas tz update is included)
  • some bug fixes detailed here in the readme file
download the lib here: icu4j 3.8.1

December 04, 2007

another timezone two-step: venezuelan style

in case you missed the news, the politician in venezuela or should i say the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has decided to implement a half hour timezone (tz) change. The tz will change from -4 hours UTC to -4.5 hours UTC. the sweet part is that the change will supposedly occur next week, 9-dec-2007. i say supposedly because it was also supposed to happen back in september or maybe august. whoopee!

everybody from cisco to ibm's doing another tz two-step (you should see the list of s/w and h/w that has to be patched). there will probably have to be a new tz definition as the old UTC-4 tz was shared by la paz, bolivia which isn't changing their tz.

if you support venezuelan users/sites better get cracking:

notice how i refrained from any comparson to woody allen's Bananas movie even though it's one of my favorites ;-)