6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas Changes since Pike 7.2: ----------------------------------------------------------------------
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson New/improved functionality: ---------------------------
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o New Hilfe
d4ce822002-09-26Johan Sundström  The interactive pike environment you get when running pike without giving a program name, has been thoroughly rewritten. Most notably it now supports more of the common pike constructs, and is more extendable and configurable. Start it and type help for more info.
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson o AutoDoc
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  The major parts of Pike now has some sort of documentation on class and function level thanks to the AutoDoc system which has been deployed during the last year. Manual dumps are published on
a3055d2002-11-24Marcus Agehall  http://pike.ida.liu.se/docs/reference/.
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o pike -x
d4ce822002-09-26Johan Sundström  When starting pike with the -x parameter, the pike process will run the named script in Tools.Standalone, giving the rest of the arguments as command-line switches. This is a convenient way of running rsif (replace string in file) and pv (the image viewer you may be familiar with from Tools.PV).
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o pike -e scope When running command line one liners with pike -e you can now access the numer of arguments, the actual arguments and the environment variables through the variables argc, argv and env.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o unbug
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas  Embryo of a Pike debugger. Not stable nor finished.
d729172002-07-14Honza Petrous 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson o Unicode 3.2.0
99b2a62002-09-26Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  All charts have been updated to Unicode 3.2.0. This applies both to the Unicode module as well as to Pike-global functionality such as
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson  upper_case/lower_case. unicode_to_string() also has support for
777d3c2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  surrogate and byteorder mark handling.
d729172002-07-14Honza Petrous 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson o Extended random()
bd8a482002-10-27Martin Nilsson  random() now works on floats, arrays, multisets, mappings and objects in addition to integers.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson  o delay()/sleep()
bd8a482002-10-27Martin Nilsson  sleep() no longer busywaits, which it previously did for small
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  values. The old behavior is available from the delay() function.
6225dd2002-11-25Martin Stjernholm  (This has change been made in later 7.2 releases too.)
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
d4ce822002-09-26Johan Sundström o search(string, int) / has_value(string, int) Both of these methods now handle both looking for strings and
3787512002-09-27Johan Sundström  integers (the unicode number for a single character). Examples: search("hi, ho!", '!'), has_value("Nope.", ' ')
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson o Expanded Charset module The character set module now has support for the character sets Shift_JS, UTF-7.5, EUC, Big5, CP950, UTF-16, UTF-16BE, UTF-16LE. It is now also easier to get the right charset codec since the names are normalized internally.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o sprintf("%O", foo) is more descriptive If foo is a program or an object then Pike will try to find the resolved name instead of returning just "program" or "object". However, if an object contains an _sprintf function it will still be called in this case. o basetype(foo) Returns a string with the basic type of foo as opposed to
e3ddd82002-11-29Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  _typeof(foo) that returns the actual type. Also available as
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson  sprintf("%t", foo). o getenv()/putenv() The environment variable functions getenv and putenv is now is now both case insensitive on Microsoft Windows systems. This should make your programs more portable.
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Return value from catch blocks. The return value from catch blocks that exit normally has been changed from a normal zero (i.e. zero_type 0) to UNDEFINED (i.e. zero_type 1). o SSL The Pike SSL implementation now supports TLS 1.0. Also the LDAP protocol and the HTTP.Query methods supports secure transport over SSL/TLS.
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson Language additions: -------------------
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm o foreach(X; Y; Z) The foreach statement has been extended to allow iterations over mappings, multisets and any object that implements the iterator interface (see below). To make it possible to use this conveniently, a new syntax has been added to get both the index and the value in each iteration:
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  foreach (something; index-expr; value-expr) ...
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  This iterates over something, assigning in turn each index to index-expr and each value to value-expr. The index and value expressions can be declarations or lvalues, and they can also be left out if the index and/or value part isn't interesting. Note that it depends on the data type whether the iteration order is well defined or not; arrays and multisets are iterated over starting with the first element while mappings are visited in some arbitrary order (each element is still visited only once, though). o Iterators As noted above, an iterator interface has been added that is now used in various places to iterate over different data structures. Not only the built-in data types are supported, but actually any object that fulfills the interface for iterators: When iterating over an object o, o->_get_iterator() is called to
99b2a62002-09-26Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  get an iterator object. An iterator object should at least have two functions, index() and value(), to get the index and value at the current position, a function `+=(int steps) to advance the current position the specified number of steps, and a `!() that
f221a92002-11-02Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  returns zero if the end of the data set hasn't been reached yet.
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  Also, if the object o lacks a _get_iterator function, it's assumed to be an iterator itself. This makes it possible to pass an iterator explicitly to e.g. the foreach statement. The built-in data types also have iterator classes with this interface. They are found as Array.Iterator, Mapping.Iterator, etc and can be used to iterate over these data types in some custom fashion. This is especially useful for mappings and multisets, which cannot be iterated over directly in any other way. For example, to get some arbitrary index in a mapping m:
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  mixed any_index = Mapping.Iterator(m)->index();
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Automap
4ec62a2002-10-31Johan Sundström  To perform per-element operations on arrays, there is now a convenience syntax for map(), that can make code more readable in some situations. Summing up two arrays element by element using automap looks like this:
a3055d2002-11-24Marcus Agehall  a[*] + b[*]; // the result has as many elements as the shortest array.
4ec62a2002-10-31Johan Sundström  Multiplying all elements in a by a constant:
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  a[*] * 4711;
4ec62a2002-10-31Johan Sundström  Make an array of what sprintf("%O", a[n]) returns for all elements in a:
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  sprintf("%O", a[*]);
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm o Implicit lambda
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas  A convenient way to embed code that needs pre- and/or post-
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  initialization. If a statement starts with a function call followed directly by a brace block, then the block is transformed to a lambda function which is passed as the last argument to the function being called. The following example embeds OpenGL calls that modifies the matrix in an implicit lambda that will save the matrix before execution and restore it afterwards: void PushPop( function f ) { glPushMatrix(); mixed err = catch(f()); glPopMatrix(); if (err) throw(err); }
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  void do_something() { PushPop() {
025fa22002-11-29Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  glTranslate( (1.0-0.08)/2, 0.0, 0.0 );
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  draw_stuff(); }; }
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  Note that although useful, this feature has important disadvantages and will probably be obsoleted by a better alternative in the future. The problem is that the inner brace block become a completely separate function instead of remaining a block. The difference (apart from being slower) is shown by this example:
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  void do_something() { PushPop() { if (glError()) return;
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  glTranslate( (1.0-0.08)/2, 0.0, 0.0 );
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  draw_stuff(); }; draw_more_stuff(); }
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  Since the inner block is a separate function, the return statement doesn't exit do_something() as one might expect, causing draw_more_stuff() to be called even when there's a GL error. Another effect is that break and continue can't be associated with statements outside the implicit lambda block.
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  Another method that overcomes these problems will likely be implemented. The problem is that it can give compatibility problems to change old code that uses implicit lambdas to that one, since e.g. return will work differently without giving any sort of error.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm o Access to hidden variables in surrounding scopes
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  Include the names of the surrounding classes themselves in the lookup for
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  Foo::, to make it possible to address hidden variables in the scopes of
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  surrounding classes, e.g:
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  class Foo { int i;
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  void create (int i) {Foo::i = i;}
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  }
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm o global:: Added new keyword global to be able to access identifiers on the top level of the compilation unit using global::foo.
3dbeca2002-09-16Johan Sundström  o global. All top level modules (and other identifiers in that scope) can now
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  be accessed with a "global." prefix. This is useful in cases where
3dbeca2002-09-16Johan Sundström  local identifiers overshadow the top level, for instance in the Image module, where the Image.Image class would occasionally block your view.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas  o this Added a magic identifier "this" that can be used instead of this_object(). Like this_program, it only exists when there's no
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm  other identifier with that name. The primary reason for adding this magic identifier is to make it possible to address the object of a surrounding class with Foo::this.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm o The program type can be specialized It's possible to specialize a program variable by adding a program identifier, much like an object variable can be specialized. E.g:
6225dd2002-11-25Martin Stjernholm  program(Stdio.File) fd_prog = Stdio.File;
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm 
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm o ::_indices(), ::_values().
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas  There are now two "magic" functions ::_indices() and ::_values() that can be used by an object to list all identifiers and their values in itself. They are primarily intended when the _indices() and _values() lfuns have been defined, to get the default implementations. This is to complement the "magic" ::`->() and ::`->=() functions that exist in earlier releases.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson o UNDEFINED
00c0df2002-11-24Peter Bortas  To generate a 0 (zero) with a zero_type(var) == 1, you previously had to use constructs like ([])[0]. This is now available as the globally available symbol UNDEFINED.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson o _m_delete
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  A class can now define a function mixed _m_delete(mixed index) to make the objects work like mappings with m_delete(). (This feature has been added to later 7.2 releases too.)
1a3f712002-11-28Peter Bortas o Constant objects An object can now be constant, allowing for better
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson  performace and better dumping. For example used for Gmp.Bignum, Math.Matrix and Image.Color.
1a3f712002-11-28Peter Bortas 
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson New modules / classes / methods added: --------------------------------------
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o ADT.History
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  ADT implementation of a "leaking stack". Hilfe example: > object h=ADT.History(3); > for(int i=17; i<22; i++) h->push(i); Ok. > h->get_first_entry_num(); (1) Result: 3 > h[3]; (2) Result: 19
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o ADT.Relation.Binary
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  Handles binary relations. Hilfe example:
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  > object r=ADT.Relation.Binary("test");
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  > r->add(1,2)->add(2,3)->add(3,5)->add(1,4)->add(4,5); (1) Result: ADT.Relation.Binary("test")
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  > r->find_shortest_path(1,5);
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  (2) Result: ({ /* 3 elements */
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  1, 4, 5 }) > r->remove(1,4);
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  (3) Result: ADT.Relation.Binary("test") > r->add(5,1); (4) Result: ADT.Relation.Binary("test")
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  > r->find_shortest_path(1,5);
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  (5) Result: ({ /* 4 elements */
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  1, 2, 3, 5 })
3dbeca2002-09-16Johan Sundström 
92cf9f2002-11-25Honza Petrous o Audio.Codec and Audio.Format
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  Contain decoders/encoders and format parsers for audio using Ffmpeg library. Currently WAV and MP3.
02c81c2002-09-17Honza Petrous  Note: The API remains marked "unstable".
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
46983f2002-11-24Peter Bortas o Crypto.md4
afb9bb2002-11-24Peter Bortas  Hash used for NT Lanmanager passwords.
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm 
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson o Crypto.crypt_md5
46983f2002-11-24Peter Bortas  Convenience function to produce crypted $1$ style crypted passwords (commonly called MD5 passwords).
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson 
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Debug Many top level debug functions has moved into the Debug module to keep amount of top level functions less intimidating for new users and to make the debug functions easier to find.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Debug.Tracer
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson  A class that when instatiated will turn on trace, and when it's destroyed will turn it off again.
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson o Debug.Subject
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson  This is a probe subject which you can send in somewhere to get probed (not to be confused with a probe object, which does some active probing). All calls to LFUNs will be printed to stderr.
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson 
92cf9f2002-11-25Honza Petrous o DVB Access to DVB (digital sat) resources. Controls tuner, MP2 audio and video decoders. Allows extract multiple channels at once. Note: Only old 0.9.4 DVB API is supported.
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Gmp.mpq and Gmp.mpf Support for GMP multi precision fractions and multi precision floats. Hilfe example: > Gmp.mpq(5,3); (1) Result: 5/3 > _->invert(); (2) Result: 3/5 > (float)_; (3) Result: 0.600000 > Gmp.mpq(5,3)+Gmp.mpq(1,2); (4) Result: 13/6
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o Gz.File Pike can now compress and decompress the Gzip format. This is still a bit experimental but the basic functions should work just fine. o HTTP.Server A simple HTTP Server.
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Image.filled_circle(_layer) Returns an Image/Layer object with a filled circle on it.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o Image.Dims Can extract the dimensions of an image with a minimal amount of data loading. Currently handles JPEG, GIF and PNG images. Hilfe example: > Image.Dims.get(Stdio.File("test.gif")); (1) Result: ({ /* 2 elements */ 1412, 1120 }) o Image.DWG Decodes the thumbnail images embedded in AutoCAD drawings. o Image.Fonts High level API for font handling. Should be used instead of accessing the FreeType, TTF and Image.Font modules directly. o Image.Image
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  Added two new methods, blur() and grey_blur(), which are hard coded, MMX optimized versions of these common matrix operations.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson  o Image.JPEG
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  Support for lossless transforms, such as rotating and rescaling the image, and handling of metadata.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson  o Image.PVR VQ compression/decompression added. o Image.SVG Support for Structured Vector Graphics through the Gnome SVG library. Requires Gnome 2.
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson o Local All Pike modules and classes found in the directory hierarchies /usr/local/pike_modules, /opt/pike_modules, /opt/share/pike_modules, /usr/local/share/pike_modules, $HOME/pike_modules, and $PIKE_LOCAL_PATH (a :-separated list of directories) are available with the prefix "Local.". Local.add_path() and Local.remove_path() respectively adds and removes entries from the list of paths to inspect when resolving Local.* symbols.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Locale.Language
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  Support for time formatting, counting and more for various languages. Currently added languages are Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  o Math.Matrix Methods sum(), max(), min(), convolve() and dot_product() added. o Math.Transforms
a3055d2002-11-24Marcus Agehall  Glue for supporting FFT and iFFT via libfftw and librfftw.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  o Math
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  Added the IEEE float constants inf and nan.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas 
61de412002-12-05Peter Bortas o MIME Added method ext_to_media_type, which returns the MIME media type for
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  a given extension. The module know of 469 different file extensions.
61de412002-12-05Peter Bortas 
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Oracle The Oracle database glue now supports CLOBs and BLOBs.
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o Parser Added a few methods: get_xml_parser, which returns a Parser.HTML set up to parse XML, parse_html_entities and decode_numeric_xml_entity, which decode XML and HTML entities respectively. Examples: Parser.decode_numeric_xml_entity("#x7a") => "z" Parser.parse_html_entities("&gt;") => ">"
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Parser.Python
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson  Splits Python source code into text tokens.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas  o Parser.RCS
3dbeca2002-09-16Johan Sundström  Extracts data from RCS or CVS repositories.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o Parser.XML.NSTree
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  This is an extended version of Parser.XML.Tree that can handle namespaces according to the W3C namespace specification.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o Protocols.XMLRPC Implements most features of the XML-RPC standard. o Protocols.HTTP All methods in Protocols.HTTP that take a header mapping can now handle array values (signifying multiple headers of that type).
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o SDL Wrapper for a subset of Simple DirectMedia Layer functionality. Useful for writing games, movie players and other graphically intensive applications.
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o Shuffler The shuffler module is what in aspect oriented and component based programming is called a connector. This connector provides an easy way to connect a data source to a file socket and transfer data between them until the data source runs dry, when the connection is closed. The transfer can be throttled according to arbitrarily complex rules. All this with a minimum of attention. Currently the shuffler can use ordinary 8-bit wide strings, System.Memory objects, normal files, network sockets, named pipes, stdin and pike objects adhering to the Stdio.File API as connector sources.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Standards.CIFF
c64c092002-12-01Martin Nilsson  Experimental module to read Canon Camera Image File Format data. o Standards.EXIF Support for the EXchangeable Image file Format for digital still cameras version 2.2. Support for maker notes for cameras from Nikon, Canon, Fuji Film, Olympus, Sanyo and Casio.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Standards.FIPS10_4
e921e32002-12-01Martin Nilsson  The Federal Information Processing Standard for Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and their Principal Administrative Divisions = american standard for countries and country division codes.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas  o Standards.ID3
705f932002-09-23Honza Petrous  ID3 tags decoder/encoder. Supports versions: 1.0, 1.1,
d4ce822002-09-26Johan Sundström  2.2-2.4. Frequently used in MP3 files for encapsulating metadata.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
c64c092002-12-01Martin Nilsson o Standards.ISO639_2 This module has been updated with the map_to_639_1 method to convert from ISO 639-2/T to ISO 639-1. With the new methods convert_b_to_t and convert_t_to_b it is possible to convert between ISO 639-2/T and ISO 639-2/B.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Standards.RDF
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  Represents an RDF domain and allows you to perform searches in its relations. Currently only serializes/deserializes to N-triple format.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson o Stdio
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  Two higher order filesystem methods has been added to Stdio, simplify_path and file_equal. The first returns a canonic representation of path without "/./", "/../", "//" and similar path segments. The second is a speedy way to compare if two files contains identical content.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson 
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  On a slightly lower level the method expand_symlinks has been added. It expands all symlinks along a path on systems with readlink implemented. Finally the get_all_active_fd() functions is moved from spider to Stdio in our strive to deprecate the spider module.
2515872002-11-28Martin Nilsson 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Stdio.FakeFile
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  Wraps a string in an object that exports a Stdio.File interface.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o Stdio.File This object has a few additions; With the sync method the file object can be synchronized with the disk. The line_iterator returns an iterator object that iterates over the lines in the file. It is possible to open UNIX domain sockets with the new connect_unix method. Finally grantpt can allocate a VTY on systems with /dev/ptmx support.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  Minimal example: fd = Stdio.File("/dev/ptmx", "rw" ); Stdio.File fd2 = Stdio.File( fd->grantpt(), "rw" ); Process.create_process( ({ "/bin/bash" }), ([ "stdin":fd2, "stdout":fd2, "stderr":fd2, "setsid":fd2, ]) );
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o Stdio.FILE.set_charset It is possible to set the charset of a FILE object to get streaming and transparent charset conversion of data to and from the object.
61de412002-12-05Peter Bortas o String Added a few new methods: int2char, int2hex, int2roman, int2size, which convert integers into different string representation, and expand_tabs, which converts tabs to spaces. Examples: String.int2char(42) => "*" String.int2hex(42) => "2a" String.int2roman(42) => "XLII" String.int2size(4200) => "4.1 kb"
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  A soundex method is also added, which normalizes names according to the soundex algorithm. The algorithm in itself is not very useful, but some databases supports it.
61de412002-12-05Peter Bortas o String.Elite Contains methods that transfer ordinary readable text into leet-speak. A fairly good argument could be laid out for putting this in Crypto as a one way cipher... o String.Buffer A buffer used for building strings very fast. o String.HTML Contains methods that help in generating HTML.
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o System The following methods where added: normalize_path, which work on NT style paths. get_netinfo_property, which queries a NetInfo server on MacOS X. gettimeofday, which uses the system gettimeofday to retrieve the time.
8a6b142002-11-29Martin Nilsson o System.Time Used to get the current time with sub second precision. o System.Timer Measures the time between two calls. o System.Memory Handles read/write from mmap'ed or allocated memory.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas o Tools.PV Convenience tool that sets up a canvas with GTK, presents a picture on it and delivers a number of image inspection and
29147c2002-10-31Martin Nilsson  manipulation options. This is a great tool for image work in Hilfe. > object i=Image.Image(32,32)->random(); > Tools.PV(i);
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
a3055d2002-11-24Marcus Agehall  The Pike Viewer tool is also accessible via "pike -x pv".
3dbeca2002-09-16Johan Sundström 
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o Web.Crawler A generic asynchronus web crawler that supports the /robots.txt standard.
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm 
cd683a2001-07-27Johan Sundström Optimizations: --------------
9b98272002-12-11Martin Nilsson Several general optimizations and tuning of algorithms and implementations in Pike has been done since Pike 7.2. Much of the work has been to get an general speed up in the compiler and interpreter, but some targeted work has also been done to make common code constructions execute faster. A comparison between Pike 7.2.440 and Pike 7.4.1 done on an IA32 machine running Red Hat Linux: Pike 7.2.440 Pike 7.4.1 ackermann: 5.98 4.96 ary3: 10.60 6.53 fibo: 8.64 6.58 hash: 5.93 5.13 heapsort: 10.88 6.65 lists: 7.12 6.20 methcall: 8.23 8.45 nestedloop: 52.75 11.24 objinst: 6.39 5.27 random: 7.47 4.64 sieve: 10.63 6.72 strcat: 3.22 2.25 These tests use standard tests right from The Great Computer Language Shootout. If the lists test and the strcat tests are slightly modified to use arrays in the first case and normal strings in the second case, Pike will yield an even better result.
6b93332002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Machine code generation On systems with IA32, SPARC or PPC32 processors Pike will generate native machine code as byte code. This byte code can then by executed directly outside the virtual machine and gives a 30% performance boost compared to other systems.
d107302002-09-22Martin Stjernholm 
bd8a482002-10-27Martin Nilsson o Better module dumping
9b98272002-12-11Martin Nilsson  More modules than ever dumps successfully into object files, making the Pike startup time less then ever.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
6b93332002-11-29Martin Nilsson o Deferred backtraces Most of the information in backtraces are now calculated upon presenting the backtrace information and not when the backtrace is generated. This improves the performance of catched errors.
d107302002-09-22Martin Stjernholm 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas  Compatibility changes: ----------------------
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm The following changes are known to break compatibility. The old
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas behavior is emulated in the compatibility layer that is activated by
638b8d2002-09-22Martin Stjernholm adding the preprocessor directive "#pike 7.2" to your program or by giving the argument "-V7.2" to the pike executable. o "global" has become a reserved keyword. o Changed lookup rule for ::. Previously the identifier in front of :: was only looked up among the preceding inherits. Now the lookup additionally includes the names of the surrounding classes. The inherits inside a class still take precedence over the name of the class, though. o Using local:: on variables is an error. Previously the construct local::foo could be used to access the identifier "foo" in the class scope if it had been overridden by an argument or function variable. That is however only a side-effect of the real use for local::, namely to bind the identifier statically at that point only, to avoid getting an overridden version. In the case of variables this leads to questionable semantics, which is the reason it's been made an error in this version. Pike 7.2 didn't implement it correctly; there local:: on variables had only the effect to access the class scope. Now a proper way to access hidden identifiers has been added, so all such uses of local:: should be replaced with this_program::.
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
1d89c52002-09-24Johan Sundström o Identifier lookup The search algorithm for finding identifiers from inherited classes has been changed to look for the most recent definition in the most recent inherit. In Pike 7.2 and prior, it looked up the last definition regardless of inherit depth, unless there was a definition in the current program. (This actually changed more than once during 7.3 - between 7.3.23 and 7.3.32, it looked up the most recent definition with the least inherit depth.) This example shows what the lookup strategies would find: class A { int foo() {} } class B { int foo() {} inherit A; } class C { inherit B; } class D { inherit B; inherit C; } Lookup of identifier "foo" in D():
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm  D-+-B-+-foo (Pike 7.3.23 --- Pike 7.3.32)
1d89c52002-09-24Johan Sundström  | | | +-A---foo | +-C---B-+-foo Pike 7.3.33 --- (present day) | +-A---foo --- Pike 7.3.22 Lookup of identifier "foo" in C(): C---B-+-foo Pike 7.3.23 --- (present day) | +-A---foo --- Pike 7.3.22 Lookup of identifier "foo" in B(): B-+-foo All versions of Pike | +-A---foo
6225dd2002-11-25Martin Stjernholm o Thread.Condition()->wait() This function takes a mutex lock to unlock while it waits on the condition. That argument was previously optional, but not any more. The reason is that any code that leaves it out will always contain a race; it doesn't work to e.g. rely on the internal interpreter lock in this case.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  o Protocols.LDAP.client The return code from all methods was changed to follow Pike's logic better. 0 is now a failure. The old behavior is emulated in a compatibility layer. o dirname Now correctly returns a directory instead of just stripping the part after the nearest directory separator.
777d3c2002-11-28Martin Nilsson o default_yp_domain The EFUN default_yp_domain is now only available as Yp.default_domain.
11e43b2002-11-28Martin Nilsson o clone/new
e3ddd82002-11-29Henrik Grubbström (Grubba)  The functions clone and new have been removed. Instead of doing clone(x) or new(x), now do x() if x is a program and ((program)x)() if x is a string.
0fe81a2002-11-28Martin Nilsson 
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas o LR
777d3c2002-11-28Martin Nilsson  LR has been moved to Parser.LR and the API has been changed slightly to conform to current API practice, e.g. regarding casing of symbols.
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  o wmml documentation removed Use the documentation in the refdoc directory instead. o .build_lobotomize_crypto removed Use the Makefile target lobotomize_crypto to lobotomize Pike. Should preferably be executed in an unused tree straight from CVS. Compatibility changes without backward compatibility: -----------------------------------------------------
0522212002-11-29Marcus Comstedt The following changes were considered bugfixes and have no backwards
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas compatibility layer. o enum and typedef have implicit local binding enums and typedefs now always have static binding. In 7.2 they could sometimes be dynamically bound.
6225dd2002-11-25Martin Stjernholm o Image.Layer modes modified
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson  Alpha channel handling for modes add, subtract, multiply, divide, modulo, invsubtract, invdivide, invmodulo, difference, max, min, bitwise_and, bitwise_or, bitwise_xor, screen and overlay modified so that the source layer alpha channel copied to the destination layer alpha channel rather then mixed with the current layer alpha channel: aD=aS rather then the behavior before: aD=(aL+(1-aL)*aS) (which is the behavior of the 'normal' mode.) Bug fixes in the above modes so that alpha r,g,b channels
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström  are handled properly (separately).
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  Bug fixes in equal, not_equal, less, more, less_or_equal, and
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson  more_or_equal modes so that the alpha channel is handled as documented (which is, in fact, as above; aD=aS).
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström 
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  Bug fix in divide and invdivide to actually do what the modes are supposed to do (rather then just black the layer).
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström 
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson  And while on it, adding some modes:
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström 
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson  'imultiply' - D=(1-L)*S 'idivide' - D=S/(1-L) 'invidivide' - D=L/(1-S)
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström 
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson  'value_mul' - multiplying the source layer value
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström  (as in h,s,v) with the current layer value to the destination layer ("true burn").
7ab1002002-10-31Martin Nilsson 
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm 
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson C level/development changes: ----------------------------
99b2a62002-09-26Henrik Grubbström (Grubba) o Some global symbols have been renamed to avoid name clashes.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson  sp -> Pike_sp fp -> Pike_fp fatal -> Pike_fatal empty_string -> empty_pike_string o --with-internal-profiling
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas  FIXME: Expand on this.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson  o Module symbols not available from other modules.
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson  To avoid clashes between modules their symbols are now no longer available to eachother. FIXME: How to do now? o Pike valgrinded Pike has been the subject to some Valgrind scrutiny. Some specific Valgrind enhancements has been made to Pike to improve markup of forbidden memory areas. While all Valgrind issues are not yet resolved, partially due to Valgrind breakage, our confidence in the quality of Pike has been reassured.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas  Bugs fixed: -----------
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson To browse all bug tickets, visit http://pike.ida.liu.se/development/bugs/
6bf19a2002-09-15Peter Bortas 
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o Reworked trampolines to cause less circular references. (solves 1937)
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas 
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o It is now possible to inherit Pike programs from C programs.
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
21b8ee2002-12-11Martin Nilsson o Works with Autoconf 2.50
bf7e8e2002-09-26Martin Nilsson 
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas Uncategorized misc changes: ---------------------------
bd8a482002-10-27Martin Nilsson o it is possible to change predefines without forking a new pike o #pragma save_parent
03360f2002-10-31Johan Sundström o #pragma dont_save_parent (overrides constant __pragma_save_parent__)
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas o dont_dump_module *FIXME: grubba*
fc7f8d2002-11-24Martin Stjernholm o C modules can no longer call functions in other dynamic C modules directly
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas  FIXME: mast, grubba? o Separate weak flags for indices and values in mappings
61de412002-12-05Peter Bortas System.usleep/nanosleep FIXME: per?
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas master.pike - add_predefine/remove_predefine - Improved handling of module cross dependencies. Multiset Pike.Backend Pike.Security Pike.BacktraceFrame Pike.WEAK_INDICES, WEAK_VALUES, WEAK
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o String.SplitIterator FIXME: grubba o String.Replace, String.SingleReplace FIXME o MIME.Message Guess mode added. *FIXME: expand on this jhs* o Protocols.SNMP FIXME
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas 
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas o Protocols.X.KeySyms FIXME
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas 
270ff52002-12-06Peter Bortas Array.common_prefix Array.count Array.greedy_diff Array.oid_sort_func Array.arrayify Array.uniq2 Array.sum
e2a7382002-11-24Peter Bortas