An amazing Free Software author from Russia

Posted 26 Oct 2000 at 04:02 UTC by atai Share This

This is like a call for attention to an amazing Russian free software hacker. He seems not very well known, but at age 28 Konstantin Knizhnik has contributed an amazing set of programs to the world that few can compare with. His contributions, especially in the database area, should prove immediately useful to the community today for many projects and applications.

Konstantin Knizhnik does not have a high profile in the Free Software community. Linux media has not mentioned his name in significant ways. But a trip to his home page reveals an amazing set of programs that are in depth comparable to large proprietary products from major software companies. And these programs seem to fulfill an important gap in Free Software today: object-oriented databases and persistent storage support for languages like C++. We know writing a database is no small job, but he lists four different databases in his page,

http://www.ispras.ru/~knizhnik/ .

And his other programs cover lagnauges, system programming, database access, and graphics. More significantly, many free software projects can take advantage of his software, which deserves more visibility in the Free Software community.


Interesting., posted 26 Oct 2000 at 15:03 UTC by deven » (Journeyer)

I had never heard of this fellow, but he does indeed seem to be a busy beaver. Thanks for calling attention to his stuff. (I'll have to look into it more when I have the time...) Is any of his stuff listed on freshmeat?

and they work too..., posted 26 Oct 2000 at 21:08 UTC by Arrowhead » (Journeyer)

I've been meaning to package GOODS and the amazing perl binding Pogo for Debian, but haven't gotten around to finishing them. However, mail me if you use Debian and want to try them.

Just reading the documentation should make you drool. Pogo is ideal for people who can program Perl but don't grok relational databases.

GOODS can be compared with the commercial ObjectStore. I'd like to see an XML database built with it.

Python Interface, anyone?, posted 26 Oct 2000 at 22:25 UTC by cbbrowne » (Master)

I've compiled a couple different versions/variations on GOODS, and it indeed does look pretty neat.

I find I write a lot more Python code these days than Perl (and more Lisp than either, but I digress), and would certainly love to see this packaged for Debian.

The thing I'd really like to see would be something like GOODS as the "database engine" for Thomas Gagne's Isect "middleware" package. Isect does "message queueing;" using something like GOODS as a data repository would allow Isect to become restartable if the hardware crashes.

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