[Xotcl] Announcement: Next Scripting Framework 2.4.0 available

Gustaf Neumann neumann at wu.ac.at
Sun Aug 14 12:45:28 CEST 2022

Dear Community,

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Next Scripting
Framework (NSF) 2.4.0, including NX and XOTcl. The changes are
mostly perfective improvements in terms of bug fixes, Tcl version
compatibility, and API consistency. See below for the details.

Diff stats since 2.3.0:

     182 files changed, 26862 insertions(+), 20338 deletions(-)

Major changes relative to 2.3.0 are: NSF now compiles and runs with
Tcl 9 (core.tcl-lang.org/tcl main branch at the time of writing,
August 2022). This way, NSF/NX/XOTcl can be used with the Tcl 8.5.*
series, Tcl 8.6.*, and Tcl 8.7.* and Tcl 9.* on Linux/Windows/macOS.
One can see the results of the compilations and test runs on


Selected changes worth mentioning:

- Maintenance & bug fixes:

   * Tcl 9: For the first time, NSF now compiles and its test suite
     completes with Tcl 9. Kudos to Jan Njitmans.

   * Tcl 8.7:

     o Support for the Tcl 8.7a5 release

       (core.tcl-lang.org/tcl branch "core-8-branch"). NSF compiles and
       its regression tests execute successfully (including

     o NSF is now TIP-538 ready (Tcl starting relying on libtommath
       as an extrinsic dependency).

    * Fixed type name abbreviation bug: Previous versions did not
      handle cases correctly where an application type name starts with
      the same character sequence as a built-in type. So it was not
      possible to define a type "object_id", since a a spec of the form
      "x:object_id" was interpreted as "x:object" ("object" is a
      predefined type). Now, such type name abbreviations are not

   * Plugged a small memory leak when using mp_int (libtommath) data 

   * Fixed a crash when using volatile combined with method "configure"
     in XOTcl 2.

   * Fixed crashes due to internal cache mismanagement of flag names
     processed by configure/ cget. See

   * Fixed exit from non-threaded NSF builds (will not hang anymore).

   * Added a warning when a slot name hints a typing error.

- Build environments, automated builds:

   * Made "Makefile" more robust in light of file paths containing
     white-space characters

   * Due to Travis becoming unavailable, we moved to GitHub Actions for
     automated builds on Linux and macOS. Windows builds are still
     served by AppVeyor.

- XOTcl:

   * "dict" is now available as a per-object method, similar to

- MongoDB:

   * Tested the NSF MongoDB binding against latest stable releases of
     MongoDB (5.0.9) and MongoDB-C driver (1.22.1).

   * Fixed test case for gridfs and file renaming

- Documentation:

   * Improved wording and corrected spelling in man pages, tutorials,
     and examples.

The detailed changelog is available at

The Next Scripting Framework 2.4.0 (containing NX 2.4.0 and XOTcl
2.4.0) can be obtained from https://next-scripting.org/. Please report
issues and wishes by opening a ticket at

Best regards
- Gustaf Neumann
- Stefan Sobernig

Univ.Prof. Dr. Gustaf Neumann
Head of the Institute of Information Systems and New Media
of Vienna University of Economics and Business
Program Director of MSc "Information Systems"

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