[ic] Get ready, Restart! Do I use IC or what?
Gert van der Spoel
gert at 3edge.com
Sat Jun 20 14:52:01 UTC 2009
> -----Original Message-----
> From: interchange-users-bounces at icdevgroup.org [mailto:interchange-
> users-bounces at icdevgroup.org] On Behalf Of Rick Bragg
> Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 5:31 PM
> To: interchange-users at icdevgroup.org
> Subject: Re: [ic] Get ready, Restart! Do I use IC or what?
> On Sat, 2009-06-20 at 15:38 +0300, Gert van der Spoel wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > it's been years since I've developed with either MV 3 or IC 4 but
> > > got a project I'll be talking on in the next couple weeks, so I'm
> in a
> > > hurry to get up to speed.
> > >
> > > This may be an unfair question, but how is the state of IC today,
> > > functionality, dependability, and performance wise, and the overall
> > > forum collaboration?
> > Fuctionality: outstanding!
> > Dependability: unsurpassed!
> > Performance: like the energizer bunny!
> > Forum Collaboration: as if it's one big family :)
> > The more boring answer:
> > Some reports have come in with regard to 5.6.0/5.6.1 UTF8 support.
> > If you need UTF8 then 5.6.1 is your choice. If you do not at all need
> > anything related to multilingual or UTF8 then at this very moment,
> > right now today, now now now, your best bet will probably be 5.4.3.
> > hopefully not for long.
> > Work is underway to further improve stability in this area (you can
> > the Github fork of David:
> > http://github.com/machack666/interchange/tree/master although this
> one is
> > still EXPERIMENTAL and not suggested for production use!).
> > If you know any programming, you will most likely be able to iron out
> > quirks in your own install. But hopefully the next version will offer
> > further stability, including full UTF8 support, for the majority of
> > There is a rather active IRC channel in case you run into issues:
> > http://www.icdevgroup.org/i/dev/users/community
> > There are also further activities surrounding Interchange, such as
> > attendance of the German LinuxTag 2009 fair.
> > Never a dull moment within the community!
> > > And how does it current rate against other alternatives?
> > Alternatives??
> > >
> > > My primary 'must haves' include the ability for easy, self
> > > of products (including imagery, discounting structures, inventory
> > > hand), product associations and recommendations, freight carrier
> > > pricing integration, and integration into credit card merchant
> > > clearinghouses.
> > Most of it is there, be gentle and use sweet words and you can
> probably get
> > IC to do all of that for you.
> > > Perhaps less important questions but still issues like threads, did
> > > they
> > > ever get fixed?
> > Regarding threads there has just been a discussion about a week ago
> > mailinglist:
> > http://www.icdevgroup.org/pipermail/interchange-users/, searchable
> > icdevgroup.org):
> > - I believe Perl 5.8.8 and above can be run with threads
> > - However DBI apparently still does not recommend to run with threads
> > - However there appears to be a 10-30% performance penalty when
> running with
> > threads
> > So Perl 5.8.8 and above you can, but up to you.
> > > Anyway, I hope someone will humor me and we can dialog over the
> > > weekend. Thanks again...
> > Enough humor? :)
> > CU,
> > Gert
> Don't forget longevity! Software years are shorter than dog years. (5
> is line 105!). I have been running highly customized catalogs since
> 2001. Since then, upgrades have been relatively quick and painless,
> integration with new technology has been totally doable. In terms of
> e-commerce and web application framework software out there, this is
> like the Bible.
> btw, I started with IC 4.xxsomething on Redhat 7.3 back in the day, and
> now am using Ubuntu Gutsy with threaded perl IC v 5.6.1 with no
> problems. About to launch a custom catalog with logs of social
> networking capabilities for a small city!
Thanks guys, nice to hear positive sounds about 5.6.1! And it will only get
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