The Apache Directory team proudly announces the release MINA, a network application framework, version 0.7.4.

MINA (Multipurpose Infrastructure for Network Applications) is a network application framework which helps users develop network applications easily by providing abstractions of network and protocol I/O layers.

The MINA project website includes resources such as a PDF introduction to MINA and an online tutorial, which includes implementation of the echo protocol, as well as an implementation of a "reverse echo" to show how MINA can process data.

Feture List:

  • Unified and extensible API for various transport types (TCP and UDP)
  • In-VM pipe communication
  • Provides both low-level and high-level API
  • Stream-based asynchronous I/O support
  • Filter interface as an extension point; similar to Servlet filters
  • SSL support via SSLFilter thanks to Java 5 SSLEngine
  • Built-in thread pool
  • Unit-test your protocol without network connection
  • Smooth migration from Netty, a popular NIO framework

Changes since 0.7.3:

  • Several bug fixes
  • More user-friendly ByteBuffer management

MINA is currently used by the Apache Directory project. Do you think you would use it? If so, where?