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PerlLarry Wall on chemistry. The text (and pictures) from Larry Wall's "State of the Onion" talk at the O'Reilly conferences is now available on the web. It's a suitably weird talk, certainly worth a read.
Upgrading a Perl installation can be a bit of a pain, since it's hard to know when some obscure script somewhere will break. In an attempt to make things easier, David Muir Sharnoff has announced the "find_used_modules" script. Find_used_modules will search out Perl scripts on the system to be upgraded, and make a list of all the modules used by those scripts. The output is a program which can check over a new installation and make sure that the needed modules will still be available.
PythonHere is this week's Python-URL, including some "highly biased highlights" from the O'Reilly conferences.
Tcl/tkJacl and Tcl Blend 1.2.4 has been announced. Jacl is an implementation of Tcl 8 in Java, and Tcl Blend is a Tcl extension which allows access to the Java virtual machine from Tcl programs.
Here is this week's Tcl-URL.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
September 2, 1999
GanymedeVersion 0.99.6 of the Ganymede network directory management system has been released. This is a mostly bugfix release as they head toward 1.0. Ganymede is written in Java, and is available under the GPL. This week's GNOME summary by Havoc Pennington.
JessieSGI has released Jessie, a graphical development environment, under the "Jessie Public License". Details and screenshots can be found on the Jessie web site. Jessie, written in Java, currently provides a graphical debugger and performance analysis tool. They also claim support for multi-threaded applications. A big point for them is Jessie's support for work on very large programs - "scalability." It has the look of a very nice tool.
They make it very clear that Jessie is not named after Jesse Ventura, governor of Minnesota...this announcement. They now expect to get the source out on September 6, with binaries to follow a week later.
Navindra Umanee's KDE report will not be appearing this week; look for a double report next week.this week's Midgard news, thanks to Henri Bergius. It looks like a busy time for the Midgard web application server: a new stable release is imminent, a Midgard workshop is in the works, and Linux-Mandrake will be shipping Midgard (and Midgard's customized PHP module) with their 6.1 release.
ThorWhat is Thor? Thor is a new development project announced by the Timpanogas Research Group - the folks who donated the "Fenris" Netware filesystem earlier this year. Now they are out to create a free implementation of Novell's Network Directory Service (NDS), and they expect to have it done sometime in the first quarter of 2000. If they are successful, they will have added another "enterprise tool" to Linux's kit that many will find worthwhile. the announcement. Congratulations to the Zope folks for getting this big release out the door.
ZCommerce! The ZCommerce mailing list has been created for those who want to use Zope in electronic commerce situations. See the announcement for signup information.
The new Storm Linux web site is Zope powered, check it out at www.stormlinux.com.
Here is this week's Zope news; this week's author is Christopher Petrilli.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh