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A new stable release of the GNU Gcc compiler has been announced. "This is the first release of GCC since the April 1999 GCC/EGCS reunification and includes nearly a year's worth of new development and bugfixes."
A program to help find Y2K-related problems in C programs has been released. Version 1.0 of Carillon was announced on August 1st.
JavaThe GNU runtime library for Java, libgcj, has been updated. Version 2.95 works with the recently released gcc 2.95, but is also the first actual release of libgcj outside of anonymous cvs and cvs snapshots.
Cryptix, a clean-room implementation of Sun's Java Cryptography Extentions (JCD) has released version 3.1.0 and now runs on both the JDK 1.1 and 1.2.
Following up mentions of Java Interactive Development Environments in last week's Development Summary, Peter Moulder pointed out that calling AnyJ free software was incorrect, because the software is free for use under Linux, but is not redistributable.
In addition, our list of available IDEs did not include the beta of IBM's Visual Age for Linux, noted by Tom Janofsky, which was ported to Linux in response to "937 Linux developers who signed Scott Stanchfield's petition requesting that VisualAge for Java be ported to Linux." Ivar Vasara capped that by pointed out that blackdown.org has a much more complete list of Java IDEs.
The Perl Bug Database is now on-line, thanks to Richard Foley, the perlbug administrator.
Development releases for perl are coming out in rapid order, with three releases in the past week in preparation of an expected beta release around August 19th, in time for the O'Reilly Perl Conference. Check perl.org for information on these development releases.
Perl CD Bookshelf is a CD from O'Reilly containing six popular Perl books, now available to provide easy lookup and cross-referencing.
The list of Perl refereed papers for the upcoming O'Reilly Perl Conference has been made available.
PythonDeeply embedded Python was announcedthis week. This is a version of the Python virtual machine which is aimed at resource-constrained, embedded environments. Thus, it is set up to be configured with the absolute minimum set of functions needed for any particular environment. Even things like floating point numbers and file types can be left out. See the Deeply Embedded Python page for more information and downloading.
1500 threads in a Python program? That is evidently a reasonable thing to attempt if you are running with the Python microthreads patch. The author, Will Ware, appears to have set up an efficient user-mode threads implemention within the Python interpreter. He warns that the code is new and probably buggy.
Tcl/tkTcl-URL! for August 2nd encourages people to submit papers for the Tcl2K conference. For more information, check out the Call-For-Papers.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
August 5, 1999
A new, more stable version of magicpoint, version 1.06a, has been announced.
Version 2.5 of Ted, an "easy to run and easy to install Rich Text Processor for Linux/Unix released under the Gnu Public License", has been announced.
CoffeeCup 4.0, an HTML editor has been released for Linux for the first time.this week's GNOME summary from Havoc Pennington. It includes information on the new GNOME usability initiative, the planned 1.0.50 release, and other good stuff.
KDevelop 1.0 beta 1 has been announced. KDevelop seeks to provide "a good, stable and useful environment that can compete with modern graphical software development tools." They report that their team has grown from the initial three members to seven, plus a translation team ...August 4th is now available. Progress is happening in the documentation arena and an ODBC-enabled version of Midgard is ready to be tested. Midgard is a PHP-based web development and publishing platform. mozillazine.org, you can get some context on his comments, as well as a response from Jeremy himself. The quotes apparently date back to Jamie Zawinski's resignation from Netscape and were primarily aimed at Netscape rather than the Mozilla project.
"... this comment says nothing about Allaire or Allaire's committment to working with Mozilla in our products. In fact, HomeSite now uses Gecko as an internal browsing engine for previewing content, and we are hopeful that the editing working group makes enough progress with their editing control, built on NGLayout, so that we can use it for semi-WYSIWYG design.XFree86 3.3.4 and the first development snapshot for the 4.0 series, announced on the XFree86 homepage. The latter is a development snapshot only and not for active use. More information on their release plans is available. August 4th has been released. It mentions the latest Wine release, 990731, and success stories for it that include Lotus Notes and Free Agent. Also included is an editorial on the "Cooperative Funding of Open Source Projects". August 4th is out. Scott Robertson has released a credit card processing product for Zope and CVS activity for Zope continues at a high rate in preparation for Zope 2.0 beta 2. Zope is a free, Open Source application server and portal toolkit used for building high-performance, dynamic web sites.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh