[plt-scheme] The new PLaneT server is online

From: Jon Rafkind (workmin at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 2 01:26:51 EDT 2007

great work! I've been awaiting the new changes and they are very cool.

Jacob Matthews wrote:
> I've just made a major upgrade to the server portion of PLaneT, PLT
> Scheme's centralized package distribution system. Go to PLaneT's web
> site:
>   http://planet.plt-scheme.org/
> and if the new DNS information has propagated to you, you'll see
> several improvements. Here are some highlights:
> * Package authors can now submit packages online directly, rather than
>  having to send packages over email. If you have submitted a package
>  to PLaneT before, you already have an account; just log in for the
>  first time by clicking the "I forgot my password" link on the login
>  page to reset your password so you can get in. (Even people who set
>  their password during testing will have to do so again.)
> * Authors can also edit their packages' metadata online.
> * Package information now includes a release-notes field so that
>  authors can include a description of the newest changes. Release
>  notes are displayed on the PLaneT web page as well as in package
>  announcement emails and the "newest packages" RSS feed. (See
>  the documentation in help desk for more information.)
> * Each package now has its own page, loaded with new information that
>  wasn't available on PLaneT before. It includes:
>    - The package description, release notes, sample require line, and
>        docs link
>    - A listing of provided names of all primary interface files,
>        along with their contracts if available
>    - Download statistics! (We have actually been keeping download
>        statistics since the beginning of PLaneT, but the information
>        has never been displayed on the web page before, so the
>        download statistics online reflect the actual total downloads
>        of each package since it was uploaded)
>    - Browsable source code (thanks to Jens Axel Soegaard)
>    - Historical release information
> * Each user now has a listings page as well, so you can easily link to
>  all of your packages. User and package pages are available using
>  friendly links:
>    http://planet.plt-scheme.org/users/dherman/
>    http://planet.plt-scheme.org/users/dherman/io.plt/
> * Many many smaller improvements
> The server-side change should be totally transparent to clients, so as
> soon as the new DNS information propagates to you, your PLaneT client
> should start using the new server automatically. There are a few
> caveats, though:
> * The very old, non-HTTP protocol that worked over port 270 is no
>  longer supported. This should only affect people who have
>  specifically configured their PLaneT clients to use the non-HTTP
>  protocol, or users of very old versions of PLT Scheme in the 20x
>  series.
> * PLaneT is no longer accepting packages for the 20x repository,
>  though these packages are still available to 20x clients.
> * A general note: this is essentially a complete reimplementation of
>  the PLaneT server, so you may encounter bugs or problems. If you do,
>  please let me know!
> Have fun with the new features, and I'd love to hear any feedback
> you've got.
> -jacob
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