TAO 1.5a includes many new features and improvements over the previous commercially supported (TAO 1.4a) release and has been extensively tested across a wide variety of platforms (over 14,000 tests run on over 30 hardware/os/compiler combinations) to increase availability and stability. Some of the more important and visible new features of TAO 1.4a include:
- Many improvements have been made to the Implementation Repository, especially for per-client activation.
- Better handling of partial and fragmented GIOP messages.
- SHMIOP now supports dotted decimal addresses.
- Enhancements to the TAO IDL compiler.
- Support for visibility attributes of GCC.
- Many TAO core and orbsvcs libraries have been refactored.
- The ACE exception macros have been deprecated.
- Versioned namespaces for ACE and TAO are supported.
- Improved RTCORBA support.
- TAO's sequence implementation has been rewritten.
- The COIOP (Collocated Only IOP) pluggable protocol has been added.
- The Transport::Current feature (providing transport statistics) has been added.
- ORB-local configuration via Service Gestalt.
- Parallel Connect Strategy.
- Optimized Connection (OC) Endpoint Selector.
- Support for the CORBA/e compact profile.
- Support for POAManagerFactory.
- Endpoint Policy (applied to POAManagerFactory) to constrain the endpoints placed in profiles in IORs (e.g., on multi-homed hosts).
TAO 1.5a is available for immediate download, in source-code form, from
. The new, updated edition of the TAO Developers Guide is currently under development. and will also cover TAO 1.6a. There will be no Developer's Guide for 1.5a.
TAO is a truly open-source project with literally thousands of contributors. In particular, OCI would like to acknowledge and thank the Distributed Object Computing team for all their hard work and commitment to TAO.
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The OCI TAO Team