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[DotGNU]This week in DotGNU - no 6

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: [DotGNU]This week in DotGNU - no 6
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 03:31:09 +0100

This week in DotGNU - no 6 (November 24, 2001)
See for general information about DotGNU.

1. phpGroupWare becomes part of DotGNU
2. PNetMark benchmark application for Portable.NET released
3. Version 1.9.1 of GNU Common C++ released
4. Disability Impact Statements

phpGroupWare becomes part of DotGNU
Dan Kuykendall, the leader and maintainer of the phpGroupWare project
has announced that this project "will be happy to be part of DotGNU".
This is a very impressive project that has implemented a very nice
collection of GroupWare style webservices that we can use to showcase
DotGNU as soon as a PHP3-plugin is available for SEE.  The various
components of the GroupWare application can be used as webservice
components via XML-RPC .  This makes phpGroupWare a very good starting
point for using some of its components for other webservice
applications, such as for example the next generation of the Savannah
development environment.

PNetMark benchmark application for Portable.NET released
Rhys Weatherley has released the first version of the PNetMark
benchmark application for DotGNU Portable.NET.  This is actually a
port of some parts of CaffeineMark to C# to see just how good (or bad)
Portable.NET is at present.  PNetMark is available from
You will need the latest CVS version of Portable.NET to run
this.  The 0.2.4 release is not sufficient.  The CVS version can
be obtained from as usual.  Most of the core engine
functionality is in place, and realistic console applications can now
be written.

Version 1.9.1 of GNU Common C++ released
A new version of GNU Common C++ has been released by David Sugar,
the maintainer of the package, who is also chairman of the DotGNU
Steering Committee.  This is a bugfix version for intermediate version
1.9.0 which introduced many of the features that are needed in GNU
Common C++ so that it will meet the needs of DotGNU SEE.

Disability Impact Statements
The decision has been made that DotGNU will emphasize support for the
needs of disabled users.  This means for example that all programs in
DotGNU which are meant for use by "end users" (not just by developers)
will need to have a "Disability Impact Statement" like e.g. the
following example for SEE:

  The DotGNU Secure Execution Environment (SEE) is the part
  of the webservices system where client-side components of
  webservices are executed; this includes in particular the
  parts of the program which implement the user interface.
  Support for assistive devices for disabled users is provided by
  specialized SEE plugins.  Each of these plugins provides an API
  for one assistive device; the plugin can also be used without
  the assistive device in a simulation mode that allows
  (non-disabled) software developers to easily get a first
  impression of user experience of any given program for disabled

Greetings, Norbert.

P.S. Translations of "This week in DotGNU" into other languages are
very welcome; please let me know about them.

"This week in DotGNU" is Copyright (C) 2001 by Norbert Bollow.
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