We have just published a new Beta 2 release of WebORB version 4 for .NET. The new build addresses many of the bugs reported against Beta 1. We also added a few improvements and managed to add a few cool features. Below is a full list of changes:
- Added code generator for Java clients. Generated code allows invocation of .NET services from Java (WONET-106)
- Added support for Spring.NET objects. The support includes service browser which visualized all deployed Spring.NET beans, code generators, invocation test drive and a special invocation handler of Spring.NET objects. (WONET-108)
- Support for constants in the generated code. All code generators will now create client-side code for the constants declared in the .NET services. Currently constant support is available only for the value object classes. (WONET-102)
- Graphical destination management. There is a new configuration panel in the management console available under the Server Configuration tab. The panel enables full management of the remoting destinations (the ones declared in remoting-config.xml). Using the console you can add new destinations, delete and edit existing ones. (WONET-105)
- Support for dynamic destinations for the Flash Builder plugin. WebORB can now create dynamic destinations for all deployed classes. The destinations will immediately show up in the Flash Builder plugin for WebORB. (WONET-88)
- Fixed problems with logging configuration and display of the log file in the management console. (WONET-114)
- WebORB now recognizes the code deployed through the special App_Code directory (WONET-33)
- Flash Builder plugin has been updated to handle edge-case scenarios. The installer and the plugin are significantly more stable.
- Fixed problem with stored procedure argument validation in WDMF (WebORB Data Management for Flex) to avoid collisions with the reserved words.
With Beta 2 we are much closer to a full production release of WebORB version 4. If you have not done so, please download a copy and give it a try. You can provide your feedback to use using the resources listed below:
Midnight Coders Bug Tracking System
WebORB for .NET Discussion Forum
When I started the company and a question came by for where to host a discussion forum, it was an easy choice – Yahoo! Groups. On August 11th, 2003 I started a group at Yahoo! and posted my very first message. Over the course of seven years the group grew to almost 4000 members and became a central point for a majority of public discussions about the products we develop. As the group grew, we started getting some complaints about the ease-of-use for new member sign ups and some deficiencies with the group search functionality. We made a decision to migrate all the content to the discussion forums we already had running on our website. Today we finished the migration and the Yahoo! Group is now officially closed. The new home for all discussion forums is at:
The content from the Yahoo! Group is localized at:
The process of migration was a bit painful, but I am very happy it is done and we can move on with a single home for all Midnight Coders discussions.
We have been using JIRA for tracking bugs, features and development tasks for our products for quite a while. (If you’re not familiar with JIRA, you should definitely check it out – it is an excellent bug tracking system). Over the years it has helped us out with tracking development schedules and managing product releases. The only problem is our users and customers had no visibility into the system. As of today, we made changes to allow anyone to signup, create an account and start submitting tickets in our bug tracking system. The tickets you submit can be bugs, feature suggestions or ideas for improvements. Additionally, you can vote for the features in the product road maps and thus influence the timeline for getting them into the product releases.
The URL for the system is: http://bugs.themidnightcoders.com
If you have any ideas on how we can improve this process even further, please let us know by commenting on this post.
It was a little bit painful, but we finally migrated the blog from Blogger to WordPress. The only thing we could not fully migrate is the comments, which is a shame as the comments provide valuable content. We’ll try to figure it out and move the comments too. The link for the RSS feed is the same, so all the subscribers will continue getting the updates.
As a side note, we’re super close to getting WebORB version 4 for .NET released for Beta testing. We’re working on getting the documentation for the new features finalized and as soon as it is ready, the release will be posted to the website. Stay tuned!