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Here are some things that have happened in the past few months:
1) We added a new member to the JSR-274 expert group: Tom Copeland, who recently wrote a book on JavaCC.
2) Oracle negotiated a non-LGPL license for BeanShell for use in their products.
3) Dan Leuck and I have resumed planning for a BeanShell book.
4) I have continued to make plans for how we're going to approach BeanShell 3.0. I want the next release to be a significant refactoring that rebases BeanShell on a newer Java version and makes it much more accessible and easier to work on for everyone.
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The pace of progress, however, has not satisfied everyone so a BeanShell fork has been created at http://code.google.com/p/beanshell2/ for the purpose of bug fixes and enhancements of BeanShell. Only time will tell if this garners enough userbase to become successful."