Happy Birthday to PyS60

by Pankaj Nathani

Boxing day, and PyS60 has just completed 4 years today Smile

History of PyS60:

* 1.0 STABLE release (26.12.2004)
* 1.0.1 (a minor update 02.04.2005)
* alpha 1.1.0 (03.06.2005)
* alpha 1.1.3 (17.06.2005)
* alpha 1.1.5 (30.06.2005)
* alpha 1.1.6 (26.07.2005)
* 1.2 STABLE release (22.10.2005)
* 1.3.1 (27.01.2006)
* 1.3.8 (07.07.2006)
* 1.3.11 (10.10.2006)
* 1.3.12 (24.10.2006)
* 1.3.13 (10.11.2006)
* 1.3.14 (20.11.2006)
* 1.3.15 (05.12.2006)
* 1.3.16 internal release
* 1.3.17 (11.01.2007)
* 1.3.18 (13.02.2007)
* 1.3.19 (12.03.2007)
* 1.3.20 (26.03.2007)
* 1.3.21 (24.04.2007)
* 1.3.22 (01.06.2007)
* 1.3.23 (24.06.2007)
* 1.4.0 RC1 (02.7.07)
* 1.4.0 STABLE release (06.07.07)
* 1.4.1 STABLE release (16.10.07)
* 1.4.2 STABLE release (21.01.08)
* 1.4.3 STABLE release (05.05.08)
* 1.4.4 STABLE release (27.06.08)
* 1.4.5 STABLE release (03.12.08)

* 1.9.0 (24.12.08)

It started on 26 December in 2004 with vesion 1.0 stable release  of PyS60. In October 22, 2005 updated to 1.2, Python for Series 60 1.2,with lots of improvements: camera, calendar, audio(play & record), telephone & contacts, and graphics and available also for N70, N90!

In February 2006 – PyS60 becomes OPEN SOURCE ! However, unofficially there were PyS60 packages available till PyS60 1.4.0. Officially with version 1.3.1 – support for the 1st edition devices was abandoned.  After a series of version 1.3 releases and a release candinate on July 6, 2007 – Python for S60 1.4.0 FINAL was released. This release was officially Nokia signed. The capabilities
for the PythonForS60 component were “ALL -TCB -DRM -AllFiles”, so the
DLLs are usable with almost all applications as is and thus there is no
longer a need for a separate unsigned-freedevcert version of this
package. Lots of bug fixes and new additions, till 1.4.0 Final.

Moving on – Just before the smartphone show on October 16, 2007, Python for S60 1.4.1 FINAL was released. Improved telephone and position modules; autostart support added; sensor module added for N95 and 5500; video camera support added to camera module was added.

In the year 2008, January 21 Python for S60 1.4.2 FINAL was released. This release came with a new Logs module – phone’s log module added : SMS , received calls etc. and 13 bug fixes. Following in quick succession on May 5, 2008 PyS60 1.4.3 FINAL was released. 3 new feature additions one of which included – Increased the maximum length of the message that can be sent using messaging.sms_send()to 39015 characters and some bug fixes.

Next, PyS60 1.4.4 FINAL came out with a new module globalui for displaying notes and queries from background applications; Added functionality to mark SMS’s in the inbox as read or unread and added support for S60 SDK 3.1. In the beginning of this month- 3 December 2008, PyS60 1.4.5 was found embedded in the latest Mobile Web Server release by our own Cyke64, before it was officially made public and announced. This was just a mantaince release probably specially for MWS 😉

Finally this X’mas eve Santa gave us PyS60 1.9.0 which was based on new Python 2.5.1 core.
A GUI version of Ensymble for packaging scripts into sis files and more extensive documentation in the form of HTML documents are  now made available. Thus packaging is made more easier. Unfortunately, S60 2nd Edition no longer supported with this new release.

Let us wish PyS60 a very happy birthday. Also credits go to PyS60 Team for working hard and providing us with desired results.

Long live PyS60 !Smile

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