BlackBox 1.7 Press Release

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BlackBox Component Builder 1.7 Released

International, 2016-09-16 - Good news, the most recent version of BlackBox Component Builder is now 1.7. Written in Component Pascal it follows the tradition of Pascal/Modula-2/Oberon languages. The BlackBox Component Builder runs in Windows and Linux/wine.

BlackBox Component Builder is an innovative IDE (integrated development environment) originally developed by Oberon microsystems of Zurich, Switzerland. Besides efficient compilation and modern software engineering features such as garbage collection, strong typing, object orientation, and reflection it is unique in that it allows program execution within the IDE itself; without starting an external operating system process. This provides for very efficient compile-load-execute cycles, comparable with scripting languages. It also enables simple interfacing to built-in IDE components. BlackBox is module based; a module is the unit of compilation and loading. Modules are used for implementing commands, background actions, libraries, graphical components, and persistent documents. All module interfaces are fully described in the included help system, which also includes many tutorials.

Release 1.7 contains fixes for all known issues since 2013, when BlackBox Component Builder was handed over to the community. It also contains significant enhancements such as Unicode support for identifiers in the Component Pascal language, better localization support and automatic recompilation of a set of subsystems. The new release can be downloaded from

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The BlackBox Framework Center is an international community of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and improving the BlackBox Component Builder. It operates, a BlackBox source code repository, an automated build engine, an issue tracker, center and community forums, and a wiki. Current executive members are from the US, the UK, Germany, Austria, Russia, China, and Australia. The BlackBox Framework Center was formed in 2013 and started its work on version 1.7 in 2014. For more information, see

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