Sebastian writes: "After ages and ages of "real-soon-now" comments, we finally have our ZAP! Apache module ready for public release. ZAP! allows you to build WWW-based Z39.50 clients by filling in "templates" for each page in your interface. It is simple to do basic things, and yet it is possible to build quite advanced gateways. In the Apache mode, it can be extremely efficient, but it also runs as a conventional CGI script. It is freeware, but we have certain commercial options available." Nice... tried it on Yale's ORBIS using the demo page and it seems to work pretty clean.
Sebastian writes: "Index Data has just made its first release of a Z39.50 Server module for Perl. It provides a pretty simple API which hides most of the complexities of Z39.50 and network programming in general, so all you have to do is provide a bit of code to interface to your resource. You can draw on all the usual Perl tools to talk to back-end databases, create response records in XML, MARC, etc." Built using YAZ by the people who brought us YAZ to begin with... definitely worth a close look.
from freshmeat: "This is a small example application using the DigitalConvergence Cat: Optical Reader. The application allows you to scan the ISBN barcode of a book and retrieve its information from the Library of Congress. Optionally, this data can be stored in a local database table." Download the perl code here. Hmm, doing z39.50 by hand it seems...
Rob S. writes: "Cheshire is an OSS (Berkeley style licence) z39.50 search engine/server in active development. Also being developed is an extension
to Mozilla for the z39.50 protocol."
Adam Chandler writes in about the Thompson-Nicolo Regional District Library System Web Based Catalogue, a web catalog (sp!) front end with freeware indexing and z39.50 pieces on the back end. Has anyone else tried this?
the Simon Fraser University Library Research Instrument (SLRI) is "a web to Z39.50 client interface" brought to you by the good folks at SFU. it's an adaptation of the web to Z39.50 gateway developed by Harold Finkbeiner at Stanford, licensed under GPL and recently spied at sourceforge.net as well.