Thursday, January 20, 2011

Various things for the new year

Trying to catch up on things. It's easy to get swept up in the busy day-to-day activities so much that you get behind on the things you want to get to.

Last year, I became involved in the NAnt development and things were moving along nicely to the point that we were able to get NAnt to version 0.90. Since then, we tried to get going on 0.91 to support .NET 4.0 but that ran into a snag. A security exception began popping up with random users trying to use the latest alpha release. What's worse, I have been unable to reproduce these issues on any of my test systems. I have received help from a few users who have been kind enough to provide debugging details and I do have a couple of ideas on how to approach the issues but it's been put on the back burner due to higher priorities at the moment. I hope to get to it soon.

I just started using syntaxhighlighter in my blog to help format some of the code that I have posted in the past. I must say that it is pretty cool. Some directions that I used can be found here. So I may be going back and updating some of the posts to better format the code that I post.

The Iron(Python|Ruby) projects have been turned over to the Iron* communities which is a good thing. It seems that Microsoft is letting these projects fly on their own with people who are experienced and dedicated with these kinds of projects and are actively working on them. I am happy that Microsoft made this move rather than let these languages go stale.

Now that IronPython is in capable hands, I am wondering when the Django project will try to support it. I mean, why not, Django supports Jython. I can understand that it may be an undertaking but it would be very nice for Django to run on IronPython out of the box rather than applying patches.

I'm hoping to write more in the near future.