[Announce] First development release of orocos_toolchain_ros: v0.1.0

Hi orocos-dev, orocos-users, ros-users,

A first version of our Orocos/ROS integration is ready in the form of the
orocos_toolchain_ros stack.

The stack is available at:

- released version:

* tarball:


* svn:

svn co http://svn.mech.kuleuven.be/repos/orocos/trunk/kul-ros-pkg/stacks/orocos...

- developers version:

svn co http://svn.mech.kuleuven.be/repos/orocos/trunk/kul-ros-pkg/stacks/orocos... orocos_toolchain_ros

The stack contains all of the Orocos Toolchain v2.0.1 except for the autoproj
build system. The orocos_toolchain_ros stack contains patched versions of
orogen and utilmm to automatically create ros packages instead of autoproj
packages for the automatic typekit generation for c++ classes.

On top of the Orocos Toolchain v2.0 this stack contains:
* the rtt_ros_integration package. This package contains the following:
- The ros-plugin: this RTT plugin allows Orocos/RTT components to contact
the ROS master
- CMake macro's to automatically create Orocos/RTT typekits and transport
plugins from .msg files
* the rtt_ros_integration_std_msgs: This package shows how the CMake macro's
have to be used, it creates the Orocos/RTT typekits and transport plugins for
all roslib and std_msgs messages
* the rtt_ros_integration_example: This package shows how the
rtt_ros_integration should be used from an Orocos/RTT user/developer point of
view. It contains a HelloRobot component which can be contacted using
'rostopic echo'

And last but not least the stack also includes the rtt_exercises package for
Orocos/RTT new-commers.

The orocos_toolchain_ros stack itself still remains undocumented, I'm
currently working on that, but documentation on the Orocos Toolchain can be
found via: http://www.orocos.org/wiki/orocos/toolchain

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact the orocos-
users, orocos-dev or ros-users mailinglist.

Dr. Ir. Ruben Smits
Mechatronics & Robotics Research Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven