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Catching up - July 2007

Abstract: Zürich, PEAR updates and MDB2 Oracle development


Either I'm getting old, or I've been working way too much in the past two months, since I'm feeling a bit worn off. Phew. Hopefully I'll get some rest in a month, I really need a break.
Anyway, on the 2nd week of July I had a wonderful chance to visit Zürich, and finally meet Harry and all the smart people in his team (thanks for inviting me!). I also met Lukas in person for the first time. It's really incredible how you can work with someone for years without ever seeing each other...

pear-dev

Apart from the lack of time, I haven't been much active on the pear-general and pear-dev mailing lists either, because they suddenly failed to reach my inbox (and apparently there's no way to subscribe again). If you posted a question regarding one of my packages and didn't get an answer, please send me a mail.
I quickly scanned the online archives, and saw a lot of discussions going on about the PEAR future. I'm sure there's a lot of interesting stuff there, maybe someone can post a brief wrap-up?

New PEAR packages

Along with the other emails, I've also missed a few interesting package proposals, like File_Fortune and I18N_UnicodeNormalizer, I'm glad they made it into PEAR, and I'm sure other nice ones will follow soon.
I was also hoping to have a first draft of PEAR::Mail_Queue2 ready by now, but spare time must be a rare commodity for anyone, nowadays (@Benoit: if you read this post, please drop me a mail).
Uh, and I'm particulary happy about Christian's efforts of a better QA infrastructure for PEAR. Good job!

MDB2

PEAR::MDB2 developement is progressing with the usual bug-fixing activity. A special "thank you" to Charles Woodcock and Hugh Dixon for their help with the Oracle driver, execute() now supports bind I/O parameters, and the driver uses prepared queries in many places: the Reverse module should be considerably faster. I still need to have a look at buffered reads and LOBs, and it will be ready for a new release.

Cheers!




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