Friday, April 03, 2009

ooRexx 4.0 update

The good news is that the Hursley Symposium will take place as planned. The even better news is that it looks like a release of ooRexx 4.0 is going to be ready for the symposium. There is one showstopper still in the Mac version, which is in PULL from the console. This code has been rewritten in its entirety and now sends one of the cpu's sky-high without any further action. I guess it is not recognizing eol - but it is in need of serious debugging. The Symposium, which celebrates 30 years of Rexx, is announced on You should all go!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

NetRexx and Open Object Rexx news

Just in time to announce two great developments in the world of Rexx: NetRexx is in the open source process within IBM, and Open Object Rexx 4.0.0 is scheduled to be released not long from now.

For NetRexx this is great news, because the JVM language that was ahead of its time should be able to keep up with new developments, at least annotations, and maybe some more dynamic behaviour than the JVM allowed some 12 years ago.

Open Object Rexx 4.0.0 will solve the long standing shared memory problem (by elimination of shared memory requirements). This is good news because it will make a proper install of ooRexx on the Mac a lot easier. There is a nagging problem with the reading of shell input that needs debugging.

I also have a problem with the 64 bit PPC build: now the 64 bit Rexx interpreter is finally here, my G5 is no more. It fell over after I came back from the US last year, with unclear freezes probably caused by the aging water cooling. Now there is an eight core Xeon MacPro, but that is only good for an Intel 64 bit compile - unless I find how to do a cross compile.