Hello Everyone,

Today's Mongrel is the first release to sport spiffy pre-built win32 gems.
This comes thanks to Wilson Bilkovich donating some Rakefile magic that does
the stuff for me.  Everyone who uses win32 should send Wilson a thank-you
since without him you'd be a victim of my laziness for at least a few more
weeks.

People who are testing and trying Mongrel out should grab this release, but
please expect it to have bugs as there's pretty fresh code in it.  It's been
tested but there's still a few situations to figure out (like redirects from
behind a proxy).


== What Is Mongrel

Mongrel is a fast HTTP library and server for Ruby that is intended for
hosting Ruby web applications of any kind using plain HTTP rather than
FastCGI or SCGI. It is framework agnostic and already supports Ruby On
Rails, Og+Nitro, and Camping frameworks. (Is anyone else getting tired of
this?)

You can get information on Mongrel and look at people's dogs at:

* http://mongrel.rubyforge.org/


== Getting Mongrel

You can go to the project page to get the source or gem downloads manually,
or you can just do:

 $ gem install mongrel (people who have it already can do gem update)


== Changes

This release is mostly about getting a win32 gem out for people to try.
Hopefully it all works right, but let me know.

There is also a much improved and refined CGIWrapper for getting Rails to
work right, and this has been tested with eXPlainPMT as well as Typo.
Redirects work, forms, etc.  What doesn't work right yet is redirecting when
you're behind a proxy, and probably anything related to file uploads.
That'll come next release.

There's also a few little bug fixes.


== Next Release

The 0.4 goal is to get Rails support rock solid.  To get there I've started
installing various Rails applications and will use Watir to run automated
tests.  Anyone who has some Watir tests floating around that they'd like to
donate will be my friend.

I've also got a plan for the mysterious caching thing I've mentioned in the
past.  I'll be writing a little document and asking for feedback as it's
quite weird.

Otherwise, please test this 0.3.4 release and let me know what you hit.

Zed A. Shaw
http://www.zedshaw.com/