Midgard Weekly Summary, 23rd of November, 2000 (#52)Nov 25, 2000, 16:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Pooley)
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 21:23:07 -0600
This MWS brings a few short items, which, though brief, are very encouraging. It seems to be an unwritten rule that none of this good stuff comes to light until right after the MWS is supposed to be mailed out but these are developments worth waiting for. Final pieces are being put together for the not too distant final candidate for Midgard 1.4. Also, this week, a very early pre-alpha version of Midgard 2.0 has been announced for release in the next week or so. It is great to see concrete movement towards 2.0 as we wrap up the last pieces of 1.4.
Contents: Editors Note A new Demo site is on its way. M.O.V.E. augments, doesn't replace V.M.U.C. Asgard has a public demo. A demo site has been published for those who want to press some buttons Midgard 2.0 gets its first pre-alpha release. It is not going to replace 1.2.5 now but it is on the way.
A new demo site is on its way.
Ron Parker has been working on a new demo site that will ship with Midgard 1.4. Named M.O.V.E., the new site is intended to be a working tutorial to help users get started with Midgard. Like the VMUC site, which ships with current Midgard installation files, M.O.V.E. will be a resource that is both an example and a good place to borrow code for your own installation. Work is being completed on the basic layout and styles for M.O.V.E and it is hoped that by the next MWS we will be able to show off a pre-release copy and ask for comments.
David Guerizec and Ron Parker have posted an example of Asgard.
There is a working version of Asgard available for preview and play. It will allow users to look under the hood as well as try out new features, including a look at the new internationalizations. David has asked, however, that you leave the language for the demo user as English, if you want to try the localization features create a new user. Asgard is not current in the CVS but will be updated soon.
login with: user; demo+demo paswd; demo
Midgard 2.0 starts to see the light of day.
Ami Ganguli announced that a pre-alpha developers release of Midgard 2.0 should be coming in the next week or so. This release will be numbered 1.9.0; it does not have a lot of functionality built in yet. This release is meant to give the Midgard community an idea of where we are and give anyone who wants it a chance to hack through the code and see how things will start to work work. Midgard 2.0 is a complete rewrite of the whole Midgard application which is based on a much more modular approach to the application architecture. Given both of these factors it may be a while before these releases do a great deal, they are intended for the development community and it is hoped that their release will help spur developer contributions.
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