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0.8 release

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Mon Nov 15 21:19:39 1993 )

From: ghudson@MIT.EDU
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1993 21:16:20 -0500
To: coldstuff@MIT.EDU

I've released Coldmud 0.8 on ftp.ccs.neu.edu in the directory
pub/mud/drivers/coldmud as coldmud-0.8.tar.gz.  I've also updated the
documentation files.

The method search and decompilation bugs are fixed in this release.

I've added two new functions, data() and error_arg().  data() is an
administrative function which returns all the data on a dbref; if you
specify a (new) optional third argument to throw(), error_arg()
retrieves it in the handler that the error triggers.

The frob constructor syntax is now

	<class, representation>

Where class must be a dbref, and representation must be a dictionary.
Because the dictionary is no longer constructed from associations when
the frob is constructed, you can substitute any dictionary expression
in that slot (e.g. dict_add() of another dictionary).

The release-engineering for 0.8 is pretty minimal; I checked the
regression tests on two platforms, but didn't do extensive testing of
the new features.  Please tell me about any compilation problems or
bugs you encounter.

All I currently plan to add to Coldmud before 1.0 is arguments to
connect messages specifying host addresses.  Please tell me if you
want anything else added, especially if it's not backward-compatible.