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pike.git/ANNOUNCE:1: + Pike 0.5b    -  + Pike 0.5 is now available for public beta testing, though + unfortunately a bit crippled. Unfortunately, we are not able to supply the + cryptographic toolkit and the full library of algorithms, due to Swedish + export restrictions. However an application is being processed by the + the authorities and as soon as we get an export license we will + make an updated distribution available. However, this document is a + brief presentation of the major characteristics of Pike 0.5. +  + In spite of its youth, Pike has matured over the last few years and + the coordination of the development is now managed by a team at Idonex + AB. Still, Pike is released under the GNU General Public License + (GPL), and is freely distributed and will continue being so. In short, + this means that you are free to use and modify the source code in any + way you please, see the file COPYING for details. Though, Idonex + maintains the right to the brand name and the copyright, which is a + guarantee that Pike future will be continuously developed and enhanced + and to remain free software. +  + Pike is an easy programming language to learn. Just as easily Pike + lets you develop powerful applications. Pike is designed to be useful + and powerful. As the syntax of Pike is similar to C, most programmers + will find it easy to use. Being a a high-level, interpreted and + modular object-oriented language, powerful applications can be + developed rapidly. 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 better you + will appreciate it, from a user's 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. +  + Pike comes with 0.5 comes a comprehensive manual, including both a + tutorial and a reference. This will help you to quickly get the most + out of Pike. A concise list of characteristics, or pros, of Pike: +  +  + General Purpose Programming Language +  + Freely distributed under the GPL +  + 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) +  Digital UNIX 4.0 +  AIX 4.2.1 +  IRIX 6.3 +  SCO UnixWare +  FreeBSD 2.2.2 +  HP-UX 10.20 +  Linux Red Hat 4.2 (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 in 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. +  +  - 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 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 +  Multi-User-Dungeons +  + System Administration Tools & Utilities - Even as quick one-shots +  e.g. adduser or adddomain scripts that setup users/domains +  Real-time Client/Server Status Monitor +  + Assorted Text Processing Utilities +  + CGI Programs +  + Pike is distributed with a set of modules that, some of whicha are + described below. +  +  + Image - Image Processing Module +  + The Image module lets you perform common image manipulation and + processing operations from Pike programs. The supported operations + include cut and paste, scaling, rotation, linear filtering of most + kinds, rendering text, etc. All drawing uses anti-alias. Using the + Image module, you can automate jobs that you 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. +  +  + MIME - Multimedia Internet Mail Extension Module +  + This module makes it easy to create and decode e-mails, including + attachments. +  +  + Gz - Data Compression Module +  + With this module you can compress data. It's name is a little + 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 + (includng tripple DES) and CAST, the RC4 stream cipher, the hash + functions MD5 and SHA, and the public key cryptography algoritm + 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. +  + Unfortunately, the cryptograpy toolkit in this release has been + stripped of all real cryptography. It includes only the hash functions + and the glue objects. The full cryptographic toolkit will be released + as soon as the export issues have been resolved. +  +    Newline at end of file added.