RESTbot Unveiled

    MONTREAL, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Pleiades will unveil a new technology at a
release event today in the Second Life virtual immersive environment. The
technology, RESTbot (where "REST" stands for Representational State Transfer),
allows popular web languages to work through Second Life. RESTbots appear as
"unmanned" avatars in Second Life, and use XML to act as an intermediary
between the world wide web and the metaverse.
    "This is the first and only way for applications written in PHP or Perl
to interact with Second Life," explains Pleiades software developer Andrew
Ortman. "It will let developers like me run web services that can access data
Second Life exclusively provides to users of its client software. I think the
community will find that very exciting."
    Pleiades President Patrick Edwards-Daugherty has indicated the code base
will be available to developers. "RESTbot and its related plugins will be open
source. They use the .NET framework and a Mono compatible codebase, which in
turn are open source. That means developers will be able to extend the RESTbot
code base freely. It is a key component in our latest immersive learning
environments, and we expect other developers will benefit from, and add to,
    At a pre-launch demonstration of the technology, Ortman showed how a
simulator monitor written in Javascript was able to use RESTbot to capture
simulation statistics in real time. "Pleiades is looking to web services
providers as early-stage adopters for the RESTbot technology," he noted.
    Pleiades Vice-President Jonathan Freedman will be on hand at the launch
tonight to demonstrate the technology and to answer questions.

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Freedman, Vice-President, Pleiades,, mobile: (902) 441-9516; SL avatar: otakup0pe Neumann

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