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See also: last week's Development page.
PerlFun with Perl is the name of a new mailing list announced this week. It appears to be intended primarily as a way of sending around interesting bits of Perl code, including bad, humorous, or obfuscated ways of doing things (as well as good stuff, of course).
PythonComputer programming for everybody. Guido van Rossum, along with a few other collaborators, sent in a proposal to DARPA (the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) entitled "Computer Programming for Everybody." The purpose is to make programming accessible to a much larger portion of the population through the creation of an appropriate set of tools and training materials. "We compare mass ability to write and modify software with mass literacy, and expect that equally fundamental changes to society may ensue." The language of choice, of course, will be Python. This looks to be an interesting project.
The Python Way. In response to a request, Tim Peters posted an off-the-cuff set of rules of thumb that make up "the Python way." For those who are interested, they are:
June 10, 1999
GNOMEHere is this week's GNOME summary courtesy of Havoc Pennington.
Ht://DigThe Ht://Dig conference mentioned last week has been cancelled, unfortunately. There was a lot of interest in attending the show, but they were unable to get a sufficient number of developers together. They will try again in the future, perhaps in the context of some other gathering.
KDEOnce again, we have the weekly KDE summary, thanks to Navindra Umanee.
MidgardHere's this week's Midgard update from Henri Bergius.
MozillaThe Mozilla project has put out their Milestone 6 release; see the release notes for details on how to get and install the software, as well as a summary of where they stand. Progress continues with Mozilla. There are some hopes for an official "branded" release sometime this summer, though a number of the developers seem to think that is overly ambitious.
Postfix/Secure MailerWietse Venema has posted an update on the status of the Secure Mailer project. The executive summary: Postfix is seeing a fair amount of serious, real-world use, but its licensing is keeping wider acceptance from happening.
PostgreSQLThe PostgreSQL team has announced the 6.5 beta release. This release "marks the development team's final mastery of the source code" they inherited from Berkeley. Included is better concurrency control, more SQL constructs, and a lot more; see the full list of changes to see all that has happened.
VTadVTad is a new performance monitoring tool recently announced by Michael Blakeley. VTad is a rule-based system which watches the operation of a Linux computer, seeks out performance problems, and makes recommendations on how to fix them. It is being released under the Artistic License.
WineOve Kaaven has posted a summary of Wine development events for the last week. There is some talk among the Wine developers of creating this sort of summary on a regular basis; stay tuned.
Ove has also put together a Wine Who's Who page describing all of the currently active Wine developers.
ZopeZope Portal Toolkit demon online. The folks at Digital Creations have put up their Zope Portal Toolkit demo on the Zope site. Note that the toolkit itself isn't yet available - they expect to put out a beta later this month. Meanwhile the demo may be interesting to those who didn't see it at Linux Expo.
For the rest of the news from the Zope community, please see the weekly Zope summary put together, as usual, by Amos Latteier.
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