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<h2>PyObjC NEWS</h2>
<p>An overview of the relevant changes in new, and older, releases.</p>
<h2><a name="version-1-0rc2-2003-09-04">Version 1.0rc2 (2003-09-04)</a></h2>
<li>Fix a number of bugs found in 1.0rc1.</li>
<h2><a name="version-1-0rc1-2003-08-10">Version 1.0rc1 (2003-08-10)</a></h2>
<li>Better support for the NSKeyValueCoding protocol.  The module 
<code><span>PyObjCTools.KeyValueCoding</span></code> provides a python interface that makes it
possible to use key-value coding with python objects as well as 
Objective-C objects. Key-Value Coding also works as one would expect with
Python objects when accessing them from Objective-C (both for plain Python
objects and Python/Objective-C hybrid objects).</li>
<li>objc.pyobjc_unicode objects are now pickled as unicode objects, previously
the couldn't be pickled or were pickled as incomplete objects (protocol 
version 2).</li>
<li>Pickling of ObjC objects never worked, we now explicitly throw an exception
if you try to pickle one: pickle protocol version 2 silently wrote the 
incomplete state of objects to the pickle.</li>
<li>The default repr() of ObjC objects is now the result of a call to the
<code><span>description</span></code> method. This method is not called for unitialized objects,
because that might crash the interpreter; we use a default implementation
in that case.</li>
<li>A minor change to the conversion rule for methods with output arguments
(pointers to values in ObjC, where the method will write through the pointer).
If the method has 'void' as its return type, we used to return a tuple where
the first value is always None. This first element is no longer included,
furthermore if the method has only 1 output argument we no longer return
a tuple but return the output value directly (again only if the method has
'void' as its return type).<p>This is a backward incompatible change, but there are not many of such
<li>Another backward incompatible change is a minor cleanup of the names in
the <code><span>objc</span></code> module. The most significant of these is the change from
<code><span>recycle_autorelease_pool</span></code> to <code><span>recycleAutoreleasePool</span></code>. The other 
changed names are internal to the bridge and should not be used in other
<li>The interface of Foundation.NSFillRects changed, it now has an interface
that is consistent with the rest of the bridge.</li>
<h2><a name="version-1-0b1-2003-07-05">Version 1.0b1 (2003-07-05)</a></h2>
<li>More tutorials<p>Two new tutorials were added: 'Adding Python code to an existing ObjC 
application' and 'Understanding existing PyObjC examples'. The former
explains how you can use Python to add new functionality to an already
existing Objective-C application, the latter explains how to understand
PyObjC programs written by other people.</p>
<li>More examples<p>Three examples were added: DotView, ClassBrowser and PythonBrowser,
respectively showing the use of a custom NSView, NSBrowser and
NSOutlineView.  PythonBrowser is reusable, making it trivial to add an
object browser to your application.</p>
<li>Support for MacOS X 10.1<p>It is now possible to build PyObjC on MacOS X 10.1, with full access to 
the Cocoa API's on that platform.</p>
<p>Note: The port to MacOS X 10.1 is not as well supported as the 10.2 port.
The developers do not have full-time access to a MacOS X 10.1 system.</p>
<li>Support for the WebKit framework, included with Safari 1.0.<p>If you build PyObjC from source you will have to build on a system that has
the WebKit SDK installed to make use of this. Note that the additional 
functionality will only be usuable on systems that have Safari 1.0 installed,
however as long as you don't use the additional functionality it is safe
to run a 'WebKit-enabled' PyObjC on systems without Safari 1.0.</p>
<li>It is no longer necessary to specify which protocols are implemented by<p>a class, this information is automaticly deduced from the list of implemented
methods. You'll still a runtime error if you implement some methods of a 
protocol and one of the unimplemented methods is required.</p>
<li>Support for &quot;toll-free bridging&quot; of Carbon.CF types to Objective-C objects.<p>It is now possible to use instances of Carbon.CF types in places where 
Objective-C objects are expected. And to explicitly convert between the two.</p>
<p>Note: this requires Python 2.3.</p>
<li>Better integration with MacPython 2.3:<ul>
<li><code><span>NSMovie.initWithMovie_</span></code> and <code><span>NSMovie.QTMovie</span></code> now use <code><span>QT.Movie</span></code> 
objects instead of generic pointer wrappers.</li>
<li><code><span>NSWindow.initWithWindowRef_</span></code> and <code><span>Window.windowRef</span></code> now use 
<code><span>Carbon.Window</span></code> objects instead of generic pointer wrappers.</li>
<li>Methods returning CoreFoundation objects will return MacPython objects,
and likewise, methods with CoreFoundation arguments will accept MacPython
<li>It is now possible to write plugin bundles, such as preference panes for 
use in System Preferences, in Python. See Examples/PrefPanes for an example
of this feature.</li>
<li>The methods <code><span>pyobjcPopPool</span></code> and <code><span>pyobjcPushPool</span></code> of <code><span>NSAutoreleasePool</span></code>
are deprecated. These were introduced when PyObjC did not yet support the
usual method for creating autorelease pools and are no longer necessary.</li>
<li>Improved unittests, greatly increasing the confidence in the correctness
of the bridge.</li>
<li>All suppport for non-FFI builds has been removed.</li>
<li>Object state is completely stored in the Objective-C object.  This has no
user-visible effects, but makes the implementation a lot easier to 
comprehend and maintain.</li>
<li>As part of the previous item we also fixed a bug that allowed addition of 
attributes to Objective-C objects. This was never the intention and had 
very odd semantics. Pure Objective-C objects not longer have a __dict__.</li>
<li>Weakrefs are no longer used in the implementation of the bridge. Because
the weakrefs to proxy objects isn't very useful the entire feature has 
been removed: It is no longer possible to create weakrefs to Objective-C
objects.<p>NOTE: You could create weakrefs in previous versions, but those would
expire as soon as the last reference from Python died, <i>not</i> when the 
Objective-C object died, therefore code that uses weakrefs to Objective-C
objects is almost certainly incorrect.</p>
<li>Added support for custom conversion for pointer types. The end result is that
we support more Cocoa APIs without special mappings.</li>
<li>The generator scripts are automaticly called when building PyObjC. This
should make it easier to support multiple versions of MacOS X.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-9-may-02-2003">Version 0.9 (May-02-2003)</a></h2>
<li>This version includes numerous bugfixes and improvements.</li>
<li>The module AppKit.NibClassBuilder has been moved to the package
<li>Usage of libFFI (<a href="http://sources.redhat.com/libffi">http://sources.redhat.com/libffi</a>) is now mandatory. The
setup.py gives the impression that it isn't, but we do <i>not</i> support 
non-FFI builds.</li>
<li>We actually have some documentation, more will be added in future releases.</li>
<li>There are more Project Builder templates (see 'Project Templates').</li>
<li>The InterfaceBuilder, PreferencePanes and ScreenSaver frameworks have been
<li>Management of reference counts is now completely automatic, it is no longer
necessary to manually compensate for the higher reference count of objects 
returned by the alloc, copy and copyWithZone: class methods.</li>
<li>Various function and keyword arguments have been renamed for a better 
integration with Cocoa. A partial list is of the changed names is:<pre>
objc.lookup_class -&gt; objc.lookUpClass
objc.selector arguments/attributes:
        is_initializer -&gt; isInitializer
        is_allocator -&gt; isAlloc
        donates_ref -&gt; doesDonateReference
        is_required -&gt; isRequired
        class_method -&gt; isClassMethod
        defining_class -&gt; definingClass
        returns_self -&gt; returnsSelf
        argument_types -&gt; argumentTypes
        return_type -&gt; returnType
objc.get_class_list -&gt; objc.getClassList
<li>On Python 2.2, objc.YES and objc.NO are instances of a private boolean type,
on Python 2.3 these are instances of the builtin type bool.</li>
<li>Because we now use libFFI a large amount of code could be disabled. The
binaries are therefore much smaller, while we can now forward messages with
arbitrary signatures (not limited to those we thought of while generating
the static proxies that were used in 0.8)</li>
<li>Better support for APIs that use byte arrays are arguments or return values. 
Specifically, the developer can now manipulate bitmaps directly via the 
NSBitmapImageRep class, work with binary data through the NSData class, and 
very quickly draw points and rects via NSRectFillList()</li>
<li>We added a subclass of unicode that is used to proxy NSString values. This
makes it easily possible to use NSString values with Python APIs, while at 
the same time allowing access to the full power of NSString.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-8-dec-10-2002">Version 0.8 (Dec-10-2002)</a></h2>
<li>GNUStep support has been removed for lack of support.  Volunteers
<li>Subclassing Objective-C classes from Python, including the addition
of instance variables (like 'IBOutlet's)</li>
<li>Generic support for pass-by-reference arguments</li>
<li>More complete Cocoa package, including wrappers for a number of 
C functions, enumerated types, and globals.</li>
<li>More example code</li>
<li>Objective-C mappings and sequences can be accessed using the normal
python methods for accessing mappings and sequences (e.g. subscripting
works as expected)</li>
<li>Documentation: See the directory 'docs'</li>
<li>Can build standalone Cocoa applications based entirely on Python
without requiring that user installs anything extra (requires 10.2).</li>
<li>Better packaging and wrapper construction tools (borrowed from
<li>An installer package.</li>
<li>Support for Project Builder based Cocoa-Python projects.</li>
<li>Unit tests.</li>
<h2><a name="version-2002-01-30-january-30-2002">Version 2002-01-30 (January 30, 2002)</a></h2>
<li>Version bumped to 0.6.1 ( __version__ is now a PyString )</li>
<li>Will now build for Python 2.2</li>
<li>added Cocoa package with Foundation.py and AppKit.py wrappers.</li>
<li>HelloWorld.py in Examples</li>
<li>builds with -g flag for debugging. -v option will dump log
of message sends to /tmp file.</li>
<li>Fixed one major runtime bug: added ISCLASS test before isKindOfClass -
without check, it crashes on sends to abstract classes like NSProxy.</li>
<li>There are still problems with Delegates and Notifications.</li>
<h2><a name="version-2001-03-17-march-17-2001">Version 2001-03-17 (March 17, 2001)</a></h2>
<li>moved to using distutils setup.py (requires small patch to distutils
that has been submitted against python 2.1b1)</li>
<h2><a name="version-2000-11-14-november-14-2000">Version 2000-11-14 (November 14, 2000)</a></h2>
<li>GNU_RUNTIME is likely completely broken</li>
<li>Compiles on Mac OS X Server (python 2.0)</li>
<li>Compiles on Mac OS X (python 2.0)</li>
<li>Works as either a dynamically loadable module or statically built
into a python executable</li>
<li>Requires a modified makesetup to work [patches have been sent to
SourceForge.net's Python project].</li>
<li>Supports NSAutoReleasepool.</li>
<li>Some pre-OSX stuff removed;  references to old APIs, etc... (but
nowhere near clean)</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-55-18-august-1998">Version 0.55, 18 August 1998</a></h2>
<li>Here again, supporting GNU_RUNTIME and GNUstep Base! On my new Linux
box I can finally test the module against them: I installed the
latest snapshot of gstep-core, that contains the base library
too. Given a sane GNUstep env (GNUSTEP_XXX env vars), you should be
able to build a static ObjC-ized interpreter by:<pre>
o Adjusting Setup, commenting out NeXT definition and enabling GNU
o make -f Makefile.pre.in boot
o make static
<h2><a name="version-0-54-24-march-1998">Version 0.54, 24 March 1998</a></h2>
<li>OC_Pasteboard.[hm], OC_Stream.[mh] and ObjCStreams.m are definitively gone.</li>
<li>OC_PythonObject derives from NSProxy.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-53-4-january-1998">Version 0.53, 4 January 1998</a></h2>
<li>Tons of changes, retargeting the core functionality around the
OpenSTEP API. This release basically matches the previous one
in terms of functionalities, but is should be closer to GNUstep.</li>
<li>OC_Streams and OC_Pasteboard aren't supported, I've not yet decided
if they are needed anymore.</li>
<li>Updated LittleButtonedWindow demo.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-47-29-october-1996">Version 0.47, 29 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>Misc/Makefile.pre.in automatically sets TARGET to <code><span>pyobjc</span></code>.</li>
<li>ObjC.m splitted to ObjCObject.m ObjCMethod.m ObjCPointer.m
<li>New (almost invisible) types: ObjCSequenceObject and
ObjCMappingObject; this to implement sequence and mapping syntax
(several mapping methods have stub implementation).</li>
<li>OC_Pasteboard class is gone. Its functionalities are now in a
category of Pasteboard/NSPasteboard.</li>
<li>Better methods doc.</li>
<li>PyArg_ParseTuple format strings contain arguments names.</li>
<li>OC_Streams are mapped to ObjCStreams by pythonify_c_value and its
<h2><a name="version-0-46-18-october-1996">Version 0.46, 18 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>OC_Stream is now a subclass of NSData under Foundation.</li>
<li>New Objective-C class: OC_Pasteboard. Use it instead of Pasteboard/
<li>New Objective-C class: OC_PythonBundle. Use it instead of NXBundle/NSBundle.
The ShellText demo has been upgraded to use it, and now you can run it
directly from the WorkSpace.</li>
<li>OC_Python.[hm] aren't in the package anymore.</li>
<li>Setup.in directives changed again, due to OC_Python.m dropping.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-45-14-october-1996">Version 0.45, 14 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>Double syntax: to make it easier for us to test and choose the
better candidate, the only one that will be present in the final 1.0
release. Keeping both would result in a speed penality.</li>
<li>Revisited streams, in particular GNUstep support.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-44-9-october-1996">Version 0.44, 9 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>Integers are now accepted too where floats or doubles are expected.</li>
<li>New method: ObjC.make_pointer (1) returns an ObjCPointer containing
<code><span>((void</span> <span>*)</span> <span>1)</span></code>.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-43-7-october-1996">Version 0.43, 7 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>Completed ObjCStream implementation. There is now a new module, ObjCStreams
which is automatically loaded by ObjC. You can access it as ObjC.streams.</li>
<li>Manual splitted in three parts: libPyObjC.tex with the chapter intro,
libObjC.tex describing the main module, libObjCStreams.tex explains the
stream facilities.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-42-4-october-1996">Version 0.42, 4 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>You can pass initialization arguments when using the <code><span>Class()</span></code> syntax. You
select the right initializer selector with the <code><span>init</span></code> keyword parameter.</li>
<li>First cut on ObjCStream objects. Thanx to Bill Bumgarner for motivations.</li>
<li>New demo ShellText, to test above points.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-41-2-october-1996">Version 0.41, 2 October 1996</a></h2>
<li>Revised error messages: for arguments type mismatch they show the ObjC type
<li>When a method returns a pointer to something, it gets translated as an
ObjCPointer object, not the pythonified pointed value. When a method
expects a pointer argument, it accepts such an object as well.</li>
<li>New demo: Fred. To halt it, suspend the Python process with ^Z then kill
it ;-).</li>
<li>Setup.in directives changed. See the new file Modules/Setup.PyObjC.in</li>
<li>Distribuited as a standalone package. Special thanks to Bill Bumgarner.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-4-27-september-1996">Version 0.4, 27 September 1996</a></h2>
<li>Now handles methods returning doubles or floats.</li>
<li>ObjCRuntime responds to .sel_is_mapped().</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-31-26-september-1996">Version 0.31, 26 September 1996</a></h2>
<li>It's now possible to use a different strategy to map ObjC method names to
Python ones. Sooner or later we should decide the one to go, and drop the
other. For details, see comments on PYTHONIFY_WITH_DOUBLE_UNDERSCORE in
<li>Manual section.</li>
<li>ObjC.runtime.__dict__ added.</li>
<li>ObjC.runtime.kind added.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-3-20-september-1996">Version 0.3, 20 September 1996</a></h2>
<li>No user visible changes, just a little effort towards GNU_RUNTIME support.</li>
<h2><a name="version-0-2-16-september-1996">Version 0.2, 16 September 1996</a></h2>
<li>Accepts a struct.pack() string for pointer arguments, but...</li>
<li>... New methods on ObjCMethod: .pack_argument and .unpack_argument:
these should be used whenever an ObjC method expects a passed-by-reference
argument; for example, on NeXTSTEP [View getFrame:] expects a pointer
to an NXRect structure, that it will fill with the current frame of the
view: in this case you should use something similar to:<pre>
framep = aView.getFrame__.pack_argument (0)
aView.getFrame__ (framep)
frame = aView.getFrame__.unpack_argument (0, framep)
<h2><a name="version-0-1-13-september-1996">Version 0.1, 13 September 1996</a></h2>
<li>Correctly handle pointer arguments.</li>
<li>New syntax to get a class: ObjC.runtime.NameOfClass</li>
<li>New syntax aliasing .new(): SomeClass()</li>
<li>New Demo: LittleButtonedWindow, that tests points above.</li>
<li>What follow is the recipe to get PyObjC dynamically loadable on NeXTSTEP:<ul>
<li>apply the patch in Misc/INSTALL.PyObjC to Python/importdl.c</li>
<li>modify Python/Makefile adding the switch <code><span>-ObjC</span></code> to the importdl.o
build rule:<pre>
importdl.o:   importdl.c
  $(CC) -ObjC -c $(CFLAGS) -I$(DLINCLDIR) $(srcdir)/importdl.c
<li>modify Modules/Setup moving the PyObjC entry suggested above AFTER
<code><span>*shared*</span></code>, and remove <code><span>-u</span> <span>libNeXT_s</span> <span>-lNeXT_s</span></code> from it.</li>
<li>run <code><span>make</span></code>: this will update various files, in particular
<li>modify Modules/Makefile adding <code><span>-u</span> <span>libNeXT_s</span> <span>-lNeXT_s</span></code> to SYSLIBS:<pre>
SYSLIBS=      $(LIBM) $(LIBC) -u libNeXT_s -lNeXT_s
<li>run <code><span>make</span></code> again</li>