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JavaJames Howe proposed that this week be Show Your Support Week, where people take a little time off from wrestling with the JDK to thank the Blackdown team and many others who provide the free service of porting the JDK. Many notes of thanks were posted to java-linux and we add our voices to theirs. Great job, guys, and we appreciate it!
Uncle George announced his JAVA JDK 1.1.6 for the Alpha platform. Unfortunately, Uncle George has been getting "nastygrams" from his ISP due to the traffic on his site, so an alternative is recommended, such as Paul Tomblin's site, Cornelius Creedon's site, or LSL.
Xsql-2.1.7, , developed on Linux with Blackdown's JDK 1.1.6v3, allows a user to connect to a relational database such as MySql, Sybase, and Oracle and submit SQL queries. It was announced this week.
JConfig 1.2, a commercial class library which supplements the core Java API, has been released. They promise some special deals for developers coming up next week.
Perlcomp.lang.perl.moderated (now fondly known as clpmod) is on-line and an FAQ describing the group, why it exists and what is an an appropriate posting is now available.
PythonA comment by Guido van Rossum this week indicated that Knowbots, the project currently being worked on by Guido and five others at CRNI, should see its first public alpha release soon, possibly as soon as this week. This posting by David Miron, gives a brief description of what Knowbots are.
Tcl/tkThe Tcl/Tk Consortium has introduced a new CD-ROM, containing "everything you need to get started with Tcl/tk". They call this Tcl Blast!`' - the Ultimate Tcl CD-ROM Resource.
Jultaf, called a "Jumble Library for Tcl and friends", is a collection of Tcl scripts and loadable extensions now released at alpha version 0.0.5.
September 17, 1998
lm_sensors is a hardware monitor module that provides access to the hardware monitoring devices available on almost all newer mainboards. These sensors report the currently measured voltage levels, temperatures and fan rotation speeds, as well as some other things. Version 1.4.2 has just been announced, but development activity is very high and a newer version may already be available.
The DOSEMU team proudly announced DOSEMU 0.98.1, along with a reminder that this is ALPHA software. The new version promises a simpler configuration, better security, support for per user DOSEMU directories and more. They also announced their new home, which is sponsored by S.u.S.E.
Netscape/MozillaThe Mozilla newsletter has thrown in the towel, tossing the job of keeping everyone current with the project to the Mozillazine. This site, with a format similar to slashdot.org, provides more than daily newsbits related to Netscape and Mozilla. They should be moving soon to a new home at http://www.mozillazine.org, but at press time for this edition, the new domain was still not available. Mozillazine looks to be excellent and we recommend you check it out.
A recent Netscape Press Release [thanks to Karl Smith for the URL], covered the Preview Release 2 of Netscape Communicator 4.5 and Netscape's plans to aggressively leverage the popularity of Netscape to bring Netscape Portal and other services to users. ZDNet also published a review of 4.5PR2.
And we must highly recommend this Dr. Dobbs' Telecast, featuring an interview with Tom Paquin and Lloyd Tabb, from mozilla.org. It is a fun, highly-technical, look at the actual Mozilla development process (pointer also from Mozillazine).
Here is the latest Mozilla FAQ.
The Jazilla group landed on the front page of www.javalobby.org. The paragraph gives a plug for Java developers interested in the project to lend a hand. We also hear that the Jazilla group was mentioned in a short blurb in this month's Component Strategies magazine. No on-line version is available as of yet.
When java.sun.com featured this interview with Giao Nguyen, the Jazilla group was extremely pleased. The article covers the Jazilla project in detail. This is a very pro-Java article, obviously, and Giao is a good spokesman for the project.