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Alzabo

The red orbs of the alzabo were something more, neither the intelligence of humankind nor the the innocence of the brutes. So a fiend might look, I thought, when it had at last struggled up from the pit of some dark star.

The Sword of the Lictor, Gene Wolfe

In Gene Wolfe's books, the alzabo is a creature that absorbs the personality of its prey.

Current project status

The latest release is available from CPAN (perl -MCPAN -e 'install Alzabo')

The documentation is online. Browsing through it may be useful to people interested in Alzabo.

Reuven Lerner wrote an article for Linux Journal about Alzabo.

Someone asked for screenshots of the data modelling interface. These are now somehwhat out of date but will give you a general idea of how it works.

There is an alzabo users mailing list.

Visit the project page for more information.

The development is being done by one person (Dave Rolsky, listed as autarch on SourceForge). I welcome comments about either the project or the code. Suggestions for functionality are welcome but please read the docs in CVS (pod, README, TODO, etc.) first.

I'm looking for development help, primarily in two areas (though other help is always welcome):

  • I would love to have people help with front end creation (particularly a true GUI (Gtk or Tk or something like that) as well as a curses based shell-accessible interface). I will probably write some sort of web based interface myself.
  • I would also be thrilled to have people help in creating Alzabo::Driver and Alzabo::RDBMSRules subclasses for other databases. I only have access to a limited number of RDBMS's so contributions are welcomed.
Please take a look at the TODO list also and see if something there interests you. Also, if you look at the code and see something that could be fixed or made more clear, please let me know.

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