A while ago I've heard about Haiku through an online Google Tech Talk. I was immediately captivated because Haiku is actually a clone of BeOS and I definitely remember the BeOS days. It was when Mac OS was not up to the task anymore and BeOS seemed a promising alternative.
I don't know if you are like me but often when you redefine a feature, I used to copy/paste the comments so that I still know what the feature is supposed to do in english terms (in addition to the contracts of course). In 6.2, we are introducing a new facility so that in the editor and in the flat-view of the feature you do not have to do the copy/paste.
This week-end, I was at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego for the ACM Awards Banquet where the various ACM awards are given, including the ACM Turing Award (given for the first time to a woman, Frances Allen) and, of interest to me, the Software System Award given to Eiffel and Bertrand Meyer.
Yesterday the first alpha version of origo has been launched.
Origo is a platform for distributed development and user interaction. It is built on a middleware architecture that uses JXTA and is written in Eiffel. This middleware provides an xmlrpc api which is used by a website to access and update data.
Submitted by Patrick Ruckstuhl on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 22:39.
On Unix/Linux a daemon is a program that runs in the background independent from the logged in user.
The way to achieve this is normally to directly fork after the execution and let the parent process exit. This results in the child process having lost its parent which leads to the init process automatically inheriting this process.
This was announced today: Bertrand Meyer is the Recipient of Software System Award for Impact on Software Quality. Most precisely, for designing and developing the Eiffel programming language, method and environment, embodying the Design by Contract approach to software development and other features that facilitate the construction of reliable, extendible and efficient software.