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2004-09-29

xHarbour BETA-1.1 is released. All binaries for the different platforms, contributions and sources are available on the download pages now.

Here are some of the fixes, and new features offered by Beta-1.1:

  • Further optimization as a whole in xHarbour functions which is aimed to improve performance.
     
  • Many fixes and enhancements to DBFCDX and RDDADS
     
  • New "ASSOCIATE CLASS" syntax. It allows the xHarbour developer to replace the standard classes for native types with any alternative class, including classes derived from the standard classes.
    Syntax: ASSOCIATE CLASS <ClassName> WITH TYPE
    ARRAY|BLOCK|CHARACTER|DATE|LOGICAL|NIL|NUMERIC|POINTER
     
  • New OVERRIDE CLASS syntax. It allows the xHarbour developer to override the behavior of any existing class (including native type classes)  using the following syntax:

    OVERRIDE METHOD <SomeMethod> [IN] CLASS <SomeClass> WITH [METHOD] <SomeFunc> [SCOPE <Scope>]
     
  • New EXTEND CLASS syntax. It allows the xHarbour developer to extend any existing class (including native type classes) using the following syntax:

    EXTEND CLASS <SomeClass> ;
    WITH DATA|VAR <SomeVar> ;
    [SCOPE <Scope>] [<Persistent: PERSISTENT> ] [<Case: NOUPPER>]

    EXTEND CLASS <SomeClass> ;
    WITH METHOD <SomeFunc>

    EXTEND CLASS <SomeClass> ;
    WITH MESSAGE <SomeMessage> METHOD <SomeFunc>

    EXTEND CLASS <SomeClass> ;
    WITH MESSAGE <SomeMessage> INLINE <SomeCode>
     
  • New EXTENDABLE Native Types. Native xHarbour types may be extended using the following syntax:

    EXTEND [TYPE] ARRAY|BLOCK|CHARACTER|DATE|LOGICAL|NIL|NUMERIC|POINTER
    WITH METHOD <SomeFunc>

    EXTEND [TYPE] ARRAY|BLOCK|CHARACTER|DATE|LOGICAL|NIL|NUMERIC|POINTER
    WITH MESSAGE <SomeMessage> METHOD <SomeFunc>

    EXTEND [TYPE] ARRAY|BLOCK|CHARACTER|DATE|LOGICAL|NIL|NUMERIC|POINTER
    WITH MESSAGE <SomeMessage> INLINE <SomeCode>

    The above will then allow utilization of native types as OOP Objects with regard to the specified method[s].
     
  • NATIVE Types as OOP objects. You may use the following syntax to enable OOP support for native types:

    ENABLE CLASS TYPE ALL

    ENABLE TYPE CLASS ARRAY|BLOCK|CHARACTER|DATE|LOGICAL|NIL|NUMERIC|POINTER
     
  • Fixes to memoline/mlcount functions to be more portable to all platforms
     
  • Many fixes and enhancements to all classes
     
  • More enhanced RegEx engine
     
  • Many enhancements to gtwvt
     
  • Fixed problems with Inkey() on numeric pad
     
  • Added new SET EOL to control EOL character policy
     
  • Enhancements to file system. xHarbour apps compiled for the Windows platform now uses native WIN32 API calls for faster file access.
     
  • Many fixes and enhancements to the xHarbour Debugger
     
 
   
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