[ANN] Narval 1.1b1

Alexandre Fayolle Alexandre.Fayolle@logilab.fr
Wed, 19 Sep 2001 10:11:54 +0200 (CEST)

Logilab has just released Narval 1.1b1

What is Narval?

Narval is a framework (language + interpreter + GUI/IDE) dedicated to the
setting up of intelligent personal assistants (IPAs).

An Intelligent Personal Assitant is a companion that will help you in your
daily work in the information world. It runs on your machine or on a
remote server, and you can communicate with it via all standard means
(email, web, telnet, phone, specific GUI, etc). It executes recipes
(sequences of actions) you wrote, to perform a wide range of tasks, such
as prepare your morning newspaper, help you surf the web by filtering out
junk ads, keep searching the web day after day for things you want,
participe in on-line auctions, learn you interests and bring you back
valuable information, take care of repetitive chores, answer e-mail,
negociate the date and time of a meeting, and much more... It is easy to
extend the built in action library by writing new actions in Python.

What's new in 1.1b1?

Well, first of all, we've dropped support for python 1.5.2, so you'll need
python 2.1 to run this new version of Narval. Then Horn has been deeply
refactored. It's still a bit slower than we'd like, but we believe it's
much nicer to use; we are now using gettext for localisation of the code
(a french version of the gui is available). Several internal changes have
also been made in the interpreter, resulting most noticeably in speed
improvements. Last, but not least, we now have a fully functionnal
setup.py script, thanks to much code by Fourthought.

Check the changelog (ftp://ftp.logilab.org/pub/narval/CHANGELOG) for more

The download site is ftp://ftp.logilab.org/pub/narval/

Please keep us posted if you encounter any installation or utilisation

Alexandre Fayolle
LOGILAB, Paris (France).
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Narval, the first software agent available as free software (GPL).