[Announcement] Zero 2.0.5 published
- Hi, there !
In the system's web page,
there are new packages for zero, the 2.0.5 version, this time for windows and
for linux. However, the linux executables are dynamic ones. This means they
are tied to libstdc++6-3.4.3.
What's Zero ?
Zero is a simple, tiny object-oriented, prototype-based programming system
which has been designed for education. Right now, the virtual machine, the
assembler and the macroassembler are available.
The install of Zero is very simple, and it doesn't affect the OS in which it
lies: it is merely a matter of uncompressing the zip file in any new folder.
Then, you should browse and follow the instructions in "readme.txt".
In order to uninstall, you do only need to erase the folder.
The web page has been extended with the following sections: How to
contribute, Standard's Library capabilities manual, and Examples. In the
first web page it is explained that you can specially contribute to Zero if
you are a lecturer and want to use Zero in any subject related to object
technology. Other ways of helping specially include creating programs with
Zero and eventually find bugs, which will make the virtual machine even more
stable. Those programs sent to the contact address will be published in the
section of Examples. Last but not least, The Standard's Library capabilities
manual explore the basic capabilities of the VM and explains them with tiny
Aditions to Zero
The windows zip file includes Visual Zero, as usual since version 2.0.4: it
is graphic user application able to show the execution of a Zero program step
by step, like a debugger, as well as exploring the objects present in the
system. It is a good tool for demonstrating system's work in the classroom,
Structural reflection is now available and complete, for attributes and
The compiler has been inserted into the virtual machine. Now it is possible
to create and modify new methods in execution time. For this, you only need
to use the inherited methods addMethod() and compilteToMethod(), which are
explained in the web page in detail.
PBC -- J. Baltasar García Perez-Schofield
jbgarcia en uvigo de es http://webs.uvigo.es/jbgarcia/
Dep. Informática, Universidad de Vigo, España (Spain)