Castle goes RC2
Well it's an exciting week for Castle users, RC2 is out the door, and with it a new website look and feel with up-to-date content, and most interesting to me is the introduction of a new entity "CastleStronghold" a commercial venture, run by Hammet which offers professional support for developers and organisations implementing solutions in Castle, including guaranteed response times to inquiries and access to additional skilled development resources.
Personally Castle Stronghold is great news, as a developer for a company which has been using the Castle IoC for over a year now it adds a certain weight to our decision to run with this technology, and I think it offers a clear indication of the longevity this technology and product has... In time as our customer base grows it certainly looks appealing to have guaranteed support backing us up - and also helps customers to understand it's not some half backed open source project that's just going to fizzle out one day...
The RC2 release itself is exciting from a community point of view, it should be better then ever for people to pick up and play with this stuff - though we generally use interim snapshots of the trunk (ie. the last trunk release that didn't break our build...) so we've been exposed to most of the features for a while now, albeit without alot of the bug fixes ;o)
I've been a bit quiet on the IronPython front... which is mostly because I haven't had the time to play around with it much lately - however I'll try to finish off my look into IronPython as a scripting engine, and in particular the good and bad aspects of getting it to play with your .Net code... In the mean time a collection of useful IronPython links is slowly growing here: http://ironpython-urls.blogspot.com/
A week into using the Base4.Net's latest release, with compile-time query support, I'm loving it... it definitely gives a huge leap in productivity and expressability (if that's even a word ;o) - looking forward to seeing these features rounded out at some point (with support for scopes, projections and ordering) - Alex James is talking about migrations (my "most-wanted" feature) and it's looking encouraging, it's where I feel the most pain at the moment as base4 isn't particularly friendly when you try to approach the problem of building your schema in a YAGNI fashion - there is quite a bit of pain involved in adding and removing properties from types during development as requirements are refined.
The rub is that the current "on the table" solution will require restarting the base4 service to apply the migration... which at the moment means restarting the windows service with a different command line... or more likely, stopping the service, then starting the standalone server with the right command line arguments, waiting till it's done, stopping the standalone server and starting the service again... I was originally thinking of implementing these as a Nant or MSBuild task (much like RoR's migrations work with rake) but I think it might be a bit chunky... I need to think about it a bit more.
I haven't forgot about my little side project (Splicer is a library I've written for "attempting" to eliminate the pain of using DirectShow.Net to encode audio and video) - and I do intend to keep updating and supporting it as-needed... next release should see WinForm samples for encoding audio and video added, and updated code examples... after that I might review the implementation a bit, to see how effects and transitions can be made easier to use via relative times - I'm interested in DSL's at the moment, so maybe I could create a DSL for video editing ;o)... if nothing else it would be amusing... I've yet to establish if anyone actually uses the library yet (other than myself of course).