Franz Tech Corner News: AllegroCache Beta, SOAP Update, more...

The Franz Tech Corner, August 16, 2005

In this issue:

1. AllegroCache persistent object database enters beta test
2. New SOAP update
3. Allegro CL 7.0 32-bit update allows handling of very large files
4. Call for ACL 8.0 beta testers
5. 2005 International Lisp Conference proceedings available
6. Extravagaria 3: Hunting Creativity Workshop at OOPSLA 05
7. Japan Special Event - 2 Day Seminar and Tutorials
8. Training Schedule

1. AllegroCache database enters beta test

AllegroCache, which provides Object Persistence in Lisp is now in beta
test. You can view the slides and listen to the audio track of the
AllegroCache presentation Jans Aasman gave at the International Lisp
Conference last June here:

If you are interested in participating in the beta test program,
please send an email message to

2. New SOAP update

The new SOAP interface release provides:

- CLOS wrappers for SOAP structures
- built-in definitions for many Schema types
- new warning hierarchy
- new condition hierarchy
- access to element attributes in SOAP messages
- attribute values may be computed when message is composed
- top-level multiRef handling
- multiple SOAP Body elements
- access to encoding and content-type headers
- complete access to all the message components
- user extensions to WSDL code generators

More details:

3. Allegro CL 7.0 32-bit update allows handling of very large files

An update to Allegro CL 7.0 on 32-bit platforms greatly increases the
size of files that can be reliably handled. (Functions that may not
have worked before but now do include file-position and file-length,
and the OS Interface functions stat, os-truncate, and os-ftruncate.)
The new limit is (1- (expt 2 63)) in size. This is about two million
times larger that the old limit, which was 4 Gigabytes. (On 64-bit
platforms, the maximum allowable size has always been (1- (expt 2

More details:

4. Call for ACL 8.0 beta testers

The current schedule is to enter beta test with Allegro CL 8.0 near the
end of September so I'm starting to build the list of testers. Please
send me a message if you would like to participate.

Email to:

5. 2005 International Lisp Conference proceedings available

Most of the presentation slides and audio tracks are now freely
available for viewing and listening to on the Internal Lisp Conference
web site:

Additionally, you will soon be able to purchase the
proceedings for the 2005 Conference in paperback form, and the 2003
New York Lisp Conference on CD here:

6. Extravagaria 3: Hunting Creativity, A Workshop At OOPSLA 2005
October 16, 2005

Artists and scientists both search for understanding. Their methods
and approaches differ, and their results are in different languages,
but there is no a priori reason to grant primacy to either. Art seems
predicated on creativity while science and engineering are thought
less so. The question arises what creativity is and whether creativity
in the sciences and engineering is the same as in art. This workshop
explores that and related questions.

If you're interested in creativity in the arts and sciences, please
consider joining. The workshop will be held at OOPSLA 2005 in San
Diego on October 16. for more details.

7. Japan Special Event - Nov. 17 & 18

2 Day Seminar and Tutorials in Tokyo, Thursday and Friday, November 17
& 18, 2005, 10 am to 6 pm JST.

8. Training Schedule

Allegro CL Certification Program - Basic and Intermediate courses
available. Next 3-day sessions:

- Basic, August 31, September 7, and 13
- Intermediate, September 14, 21, and 28

Make the most of your Allegro CL application by utilizing our
consulting services,

For more information about other Franz products and services, please
contact your product application manager or email

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