OS/2 eZine

16 August 2000

Steve Harris is the Director of Technology at JBS Jacaranda Business Systems, and an OS/2 user since Warp 3. When he's not working or lurking around the Comp.OS.OS2 newsgroups, he likes to spend some time with his wife, and their two dogs, touring around the big blue room, also known as the Canadian wilderness.

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OS/2 Newsbeat

It has been an amazingly slow month in the newsgroups this week. Half of the world must be on summer holidays. In fact, some groups went the whole month without a single post, which left precious little to report on this time.


There were some lengthy discussions surrounding the decision by IBM to end the VisualAge C++ for OS/2 and NT product lines. The program services end date is January 31, 2000, beyond which only the AIX version will be continued. While disappointing, the overall consensus (if indeed such a thing exists in the newsgroups) is that there are enough freely available development environments to continue OS/2 development, especially through the combination of the OS/2 Developer's Toolkit and EMX. Besides, real programmers just use the command line... don't they?

Alex Taylor has been "playing around" with a Usenet newsreader, written in Java. "It's still just a barely functional skeleton", his post claims, but has been released under the GPL in hopes other will look, play, and add to it. Information, code, and screenshots are available at http://eddie.cis.uoguelph.ca/~alex/program/njn.html .

Eduardo Areitio has made an update of the HTML extensions for the EPM Enhanced Editor. It allows for the use of most HTML 3.2 and some of HTML 4.0. It can be downloaded from Hobbes at http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/os2/apps/nternet/www/editors/htmepm99.zip .


Michael Cocke, offers another piece of freeware in his "continuing series of quick hacks". His latest offering adds automatic encryption and decryption of e-mail using PGP 5.0 into MR/2 ICE (tested on 2.19). They are available on his website at: http://www.catherders.com .


Someone, unsigned, posted part of a message from Scitech's newsgroup: "Scitech's up and coming GUI controls for Scitech Display Doctor are currently dependent on another toolkit being ported to OS/2. This toolkit has been ported to other platforms already, but Scitech will have to take on the task of porting it to OS/2 themselves. This will result in LONG delays waiting for the GUI controls which are badly needed in SDD for OS/2." Apparently, OS/2 users with relevant talents can help speed up the project by signing up at http://www.wxwindows.org/ and offer their assistance in porting the library to OS/2.

Well, that's it for this month. As always, if I missed out anything you feel should have been mentioned, or you have a favorite newsgroup or thread I overlooked, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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