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Update on the Development of Eggdrop

Development has been going slowly lately around the popular Eggdrop bot. We got into contact with lead developer Wcc and asked what causes the delay.

“There are different reasons for the slowdown for each of the branches” Wcc starts. “As for 1.6, there haven’t been any real.. problems. 1.6.17 has been a rock-solid release. As for 1.7, this is mainly due to the fact that I, personally, haven’t had any free time to do any of the major things that need to be done on it.  1.9 is once again fairly active. Alot of progress is being made.”

“We need coders! :) I have no free time to work on it. If anyone would like to help out, see http://www.eggheads.org/mailman/listinfo/eggdev. 1.7 might be released and it might not. Things are going pretty slowly on it right now” Wcc explained.

Version 1.9 is the step up to the 2.0 branch, which is a major overhaul of the bot. In September 2002 we interviewed guppy, then the lead developer, where he explained about the changes that are coming up. Among the changes are support for Perl and Javascript as scripting languages. We asked Wcc how development goes in the 1.9.* branch.

“Yes, both scripting languages are currently available in 1.9 CVS. See http://www.eggheads.org/devel/ for information on obtaining CVS versions of eggdrop.”

The 1.9 and ultimately, the 2.0 branch will break away from the old code and will be a complete rewrite. This will also break compatibility with old TCL scripts. However, Wcc explains that the team might “write some kind of compatibility library that a user can load if he MUST use a 1.6 script.” Assuming they will have time left for it.

“In 1.6.x, we (obviously) can’t “fix” any of the major problems we see with our Tcl extensions, because we would break script compatibility. 1.9.x is a whole new bot. We want everything to work as we think (and all of you guys out there think) Eggdrop should work. If that means breaking compatibility, that’s fine, this time.”

Finally, Wcc likes to take advantage of the opportunity to attract new blood: “We need developers! If anyone out there is interested in joining the team, e-mail me at wcc AT techmonkeys.org. We also need user input for 1.9. What do you want Eggdrop to be? Now is your chance to make this the bot that you want it to be. Let us know! :)

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