Beta release of libmusicbrainz4 with NGS support

Andy Hawkins and Lukáš Lalinský have been doing some work on libmusicbrainz, and a beta release of version 4 is now available. Here’s what Andy has to say:

Hi all,

In conjunction with Lukas I’ve been working on a complete rewrite of libmusicbrainz to support the new Web Service v2 released alongside NGS. I’m happy to announce the first Beta release of this new library (libmusicbrainz4).

The library is written as a relatively simple parser for the results from the Web Service, with as little logic as possible. This should mean it is easy to maintain to keep in step with any changes in the schema for the XML Web Service.

The main interface is a C++ class ‘CQuery’, that returns a Metadata object containing a parsed version of the response. There is also a C interface that loosely wraps the C++ classes.

Using the library requires a good understanding of the queries and responses to and from the Web Service.

The library is available to download here:

ftp://ftp.musicbrainz.org/pub/musicbrainz/libmusicbrainz-4.0.0beta1.tar.gz

Documentation is generated from the source (make docs), an online copy is available here:

http://users.musicbrainz.org/~luks/docs/libmusicbrainz4/

If you find any issues, please report them using JIRA (under the project ‘libmusicbrainz’) here:

http://tickets.musicbrainz.org/

I will attempt to be available via this mailing list and the #musicbrainz-devel IRC channel on freenode in order to answer questions if at all possible.

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