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October 26, 2004

SOAP::Lite 0.65 Beta 2 Released!

Wow, SOAP::Lite went from not having a release in one year, to having 2 in 2 weeks. This is a dangerous precedent to set, let me tell ya. But without further ado, let me announce the release of SOAP::Lite version 0.65 Beta 2. This release contains almost as many changes as the first, including some of the following:

  • Developers can now specify their own User Agent class for their SOAP clients.
  • DIME hooks have been added, assuring DIME support for this release - however, DIME is still not functional until needed patches are made to DIME::Tools.
  • Developers now have access to stub code generated from WSDLs. This code can be output to a file to help in debugging, and service generation.
  • One is now able to construct envelopes with null SOAP Bodies.
  • One now has direct access to the LWP::UserAgent class used by SOAP::Schema to fetch WSDLs. This is helpful if your WSDL requires authentication.
  • Documentation refinements including refactored README, ReleaseNotes.txt, and more.

View a complete change log of the release.

SOAP::Lite is growing and changing substantiall. We need your help in testing this very critical release, So please, download, install, and test out SOAP::Lite now.

Update: A bug was discovered in one of the unit tests causing some tests to fail if you don't have MIME::Tools installed. These failures are innocuous, but a new release (0.65-beta2.1) has been packaged up and is available for download.

Posted by byrnereese at 10:02 AM | TrackBack

October 18, 2004

SOAP::Lite 0.65 Beta 1 Released!

I stayed up late last night to get all of the core unit tests to pass marking the first milestone for the next release of SOAP::Lite. I am continuing to make changes, fix bugs, and add new code, so we are not code/feature complete yet, but we should be soon. My biggest priority right now is to get this code into the hands of the developers so they can assist in identifying any lingering issues. I encourage everyone to download this release, check out its documentation and then install and try it out for themselves. Please submit any bugs you find to our bug tracking system.

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October 16, 2004

Announcing the SOAP::Lite Logo Contest

A lot of changes are coming soon to SOAP::Lite. The software has been dormant for a while, but that will soon change. In the coming weeks:
  • a new version of SOAP::Lite will be released
  • complete revamped and rewritten documentation will be released
It is also time I think to spruce up the SOAP::Lite website. A new design is in progress, and I would love to have a logo for the project as well. Therefore I would like to announce the "Official SOAP::Lite Logo Contest."

I am just one guy, with no sponsors or much cash, so I can't promise something huge - but I can promise a nice gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your bookstore of choice.

So start up GIMP, Photoshop, or your graphics editor of choice, and see what we can't come up with!
Posted by byrnereese at 11:48 AM | TrackBack

October 05, 2004

SOAP::Lite version 0.65 is coming!

It has been over a year since the last release of SOAP::Lite. It is shameful, I know. But recent events have found me a little, how shall we say, "unemployed" and thus having a little extra time. I have been working like mad going through the bug list, and integrating a completely revised set of man pages and documentation, thanks to the generous writings of Randy J. Ray, author of Programming Web Services with Perl, and the contribution of Appendix B from the aforementioned book by O'Reilly. Many thanks to them. In any event, I am waiting on some final legalese from Oreilly, and when I get the final "ok" I will be checking my sources into CVS, and start my testing process. Read on to learn more about what features will be in the next release.

  + Made SOAP::Serializer->readable actually produce readable XML!
  ! Fixed bug 747312 - Made XML Schema 2001 the default schema
  + Added support for [almost] all XML Schema 2001 built-in datatypes
  + Added register_ns subroutine to SOAP::Serializer
  + Added find_prefix subroutine to SOAP::Serializer
  + Added use_prefix subroutine to SOAP::Serializer
  + Added necessary subroutinues to support wsdl2perl project
  + Added format_datetime to SOAP::Utils
  + Documented SOAP::SOM->parts
  + Added SOAP::SOM->is_multipart
  + Properly escaped characters to facilitate emacs syntax highlighting
  + Ran podchecker to validate all POD comments
  ! Fixed bug 749636 - changed a croak to a warn to enable socket
    timeouts in SOAP::Transport::TCP::Server
  + Added support for UDDI 2/3
  + Majorly revamped product documentation thanks to the kind
    contribution made by O'Reilly. Appendix B from "Programming Web
    Services with Perl" has been completely integrated.
  + Improved support for the serialization of arrays and complex types
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