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pike.git/ANNOUNCE:1:   Pike 7.1 developer version      While still young, Pike matured over the last few years, and - development is now co-ordinated by a team at Idonex AB. Pike is still - released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is, and will - continue to be, freely distributed. Briefly, this means that you are + development is co-ordinated by a team at Roxen Internet Software AB. + Pike is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It is, and + will continue to be, freely distributed. Briefly, this means that you are   free to use and modify the source code in any way you please, see the - file COPYING for details. Idonex maintains the right to the brand name - and the copyright, guaranteeing that Pike will be continuously - developed and enhanced, and remain free software. + file COPYING for details. Roxen Internet Software maintains the right + to the brand name and the copyright, guaranteeing that Pike will be + continuously developed and enhanced, and remain free software.      Pike is easily learned, and just as easily used to develop powerful   applications. Pike is designed to be useful and powerful. As the   syntax of Pike is similar to that of C, most programmers will find it   easy to use. As Pike is a high-level, interpreted and modular   object-oriented language, powerful applications can be rapidly   developed. Pike has evolved rather than been designed. The changes to   Pike that have been made have been guided by its users' needs. In   general, the better you get to know Pike, the more you will appreciate - it, from a user's perspective. + it, from a users perspective.      Pike is just as suitable for intricate and large applications as for   creating use-once scripts. When needed, you can also write   Pike modules in C, to gain better performance or access C   libraries. This is transparent to the module's users; the modules   written in C and those written in Pike are accessed in exactly the   same way.      A list of pros and cons with Pike follows:   
pike.git/ANNOUNCE:33:    + Interpreted - No compilation and linking needed to run code    + Object Oriented - Straightforward and powerful object    orientation, including multiple inheritance    + Modular - Extendible with modules written in C or Pike    + Powerful - High-level language, concise code    + Incremental - Allows on-the-fly modifications and recompilations    + Source Code Available - To promote sharing of useful code    + Portable - Platform independent and available on most flavors of Unix    At present the following platforms are supported:    -  Solaris 2.5 & 2.6 (Sun SPARC & Intel x86) +  Solaris 2.5.1 & up (Sun SPARC & Intel x86)    Tru64    AIX 4.3 -  IRIX 6.3 +  IRIX 6.5    FreeBSD 4.0    HP-UX 10.20    Linux Red Hat 4.2, 5.2, 6.1 and others (Intel x86)       + Powerful, Flexible and Efficient Data Types    + Automatic Memory Management    + Scalable - as useful for small scripts as for powerful and    complex applications.    + Text Processing - e.g. for filtering    + Exception Handling    + Multi-Threaded Application Development Possible      How Pike relates to other programming languages:       + Optimized - Faster run-times than Perl, Python, tcl and Java    + Faster Development than using C or C++    + C-like Syntax - Easy to learn      Below you will find a list of some desired but missing features, or - cons, of Pike. As indicated by the version number 0.5, Pike is still - under development and the goal is to incorporate those in future - versions. + cons, of Pike. Pike is still under development and the goal is to + incorporate those in future versions.       - No Pike native compiler or debugger available -  - Limited image format import and export support +     - Not optimal for heavy numeric processing jobs -  - Not for GUI based applications +     - Limited range of special effect image filters for image    processing         Some successful applications using Pike include:       + Network Applications - as Client/Server applications    e.g. the Roxen Challenger Server and a range of server extensions    Mail Gateways    Client/server Protocol Implementations
pike.git/ANNOUNCE:95:   Image - Image Processing Module      The Image module lets you perform common image manipulation and   processing operations from Pike programs. The supported operations   include cutting and pasting, scaling, rotation, linear filtering of   most kinds, rendering text, etc. Anti-aliasing can be used when   performing any kind of drawing operation. Using the Image module, you   can automate jobs that would otherwise have required tedious work in   an interactive image processing program such as Adobe PhotoShop.    - Currently, the only input format is ppm. Output formats are ppm and - gif. +     -  +    Sql - Interface to SQL Databases      The SQL interface makes it possible to use common SQL databases from - within your applications. It includes support for mSQL, MySQL and - Postgres. + within your applications. It includes support for mSQL, MySQL, Postgres, + Oracle and ODBC.         MIME - Multimedia Internet Mail Extension Module      This module makes it easy to create and decode e-mail, including   attachments.         Gz - Data Compression Module      With this module you can compress data. Its name is slightly   misleading, as it uses ZLIB. ZLIB uses the same compression algorithm   as gzip, but the format for the compressed data is not compatible with   gzip.         Crypto - Cryptographic Toolkit      The crypto toolkit is a set of objects implementing various   cryptographic algorithms, as well as objects used to glue the other - objects together. The toolkit includes block ciphers IDEA, DES + objects together. The toolkit includes block ciphers AES, IDEA, DES   (including tripple DES) and CAST, the RC4 stream cipher, the hash   functions MD5 and SHA, and the public key cryptography algorithm   RSA. It also includes a some randomness sources.      The toolkit can be used for most kinds of cryptographic applications,   including encrypted network connections, as well as encryption of   files or other data.