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New features in development for Ice 1.6

In an effort to keep our users informed about our plans for Ice, we are announcing that the following new features will be available in Ice 1.6:
  • Language mapping for Python 2.3. The Ice extension for Python is layered on Ice for C++ for superior efficiency and stability, while providing native Python access to the Ice API.
  • Language mapping for Visual Basic .NET 2003. Integrated with our native C# implementation, Ice will be available to the large community of Visual Basic developers.
  • A lightweight Ice firewall ("Glacier2"), requiring fewer resources and only one external port.
  • A public serialization API for converting Slice types to and from a byte sequence.
Please also be aware of the changes in Slice semantics announced here.

Ice 1.6 will be available in Q4 2004.