Monday, August 9, 2010

Redesign of CIlib core for 0.8 release

The release of CIlib 0.7.5 will be out soon. We anticipate that this will be the last release of the 0.7.x series of CIlib and work will begin on the new 0.8.x series soon.

With 0.8, a few (large) changes will happen to the core CIlib library. Firstly, we are decoupling the simulator from the library completely. This means that the core library will be exactly that, a core library. Some design desicions made in the past are coming back to haunt us, so we'd rather just fix the problem instead of making it a known issue and living with it.

Additionally, the objects in CIlib currently know far too much about the objects they use etc. The core will migrate to use dependency injection (the hollywood principle) so that:
  1. Testability will be a primary concern.
  2. Lots of redundant code will disappear.
  3. The cleanup will mean better code for the users of the library.
I encourage you to chat to us on the mailing list about these changes, they are long overdue and I'm looking forward to making the changes which will mean a better library.

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