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The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 5.02
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We are pleased to announce a new major release of the Glasgow Haskell
Compiler (GHC), version 5.02. The source distribution is freely
available via the World-Wide Web, under a BSD-style license. See
below for download details. Pre-built packages for Linux, FreeBSD,
Solaris and Win32 are also available.
Compiler (GHC), version 5.02.
Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language; the
current language version is Haskell 98, agreed in December 1998.
This is the first version of GHC that has all of the following:
GHC is a state-of-the-art programming suite for Haskell. Included is
an optimising compiler generating good code for a variety of
platforms, together with an interactive system for convenient, quick
development. The distribution includes space and time profiling
facilities, a large collection of libraries, and support for various
language extensions, including concurrency, exceptions, and foreign
language interfaces (C, C++, whatever).
* An interactive read-eval-print loop, similar to Hugs.
You can load a mixture of compiled and interpreted modules;
in particular, you automatically use the precompiled libraries,
so your "interpreted" programs often run pretty fast.
A wide variety of Haskell related resources (tutorials, libraries,
specifications, documentation, compilers, interpreters, references,
contact information, links to research groups) are available from the
Haskell home page at
* Works solidly on Windows platforms. Installation is simple
(Installshield); you don't have to install anything else;
and GHC does not get confused if you also happen to
have (say) Cygwin installed.
http://www.haskell.org/
* Implements the changes adopted for the (now almost finalised)
Revised Haskell 98 Language and Library Reports.
* The ability to emit "External Core", a documented typed
intermediate language, suitable for slurping up into other
tools. [Andrew Tolmach's work.]
* A particularly thorough pre-release test programme.
Some releases are more solid than others; this one is
at the solid end of the spectrum. We fondly hope.
So if you have been waiting to upgrade your GHC 4.08, this is
the moment.
GHC's Web page lives at
How to get it
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be self-explanatory:
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
We supply binary builds in the native package format for various
flavours of Linux and BSD, and in InstallShield form for Windows
folks. Everybody else gets a .tar.gz which can be installed where you
want.
Once you have the distribution, please follow the pointers in the
README file to find all of the documentation about this release.
The source distribution is freely available via the World-Wide Web,
under a BSD-style license. See below for download details. Pre-built
packages for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Win32 are also available.
What's new
============
More details about what's new
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5.02 incorporates many small refinements and bug fixes over the previous
stable release (5.00.2). There are no major changes.
stable release (5.00.2). There are no major language changes.
- Implements Haskell 98 (revised)
- Ability to emit External Core. (But GhC can't read External Core
back in. Yet.)
- Much improved support for Windows platforms. Binary builds are
now entirely freestanding. There's no need to install Cygwin or
......@@ -52,6 +77,10 @@ stable release (5.00.2). There are no major changes.
- A compacting garbage collector, to try and reduce space use.
- Ability to disconnect built-in numeric syntax from the supplied
Prelude. This allows you to define your own arithmetic packages,
which Haskell98 doesn't quite support.
- Experimental: partial support for hierarchical module names.
- Experimental: following heroic hacking by Ken Shan, 5.02 now
......@@ -70,27 +99,33 @@ For full details see the release notes:
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/5.02/set/release-5-02.html
Background
~~~~~~~~~~
Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language; the
current language version is Haskell 98, agreed in December 1998.
How to get it
===============
The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be
self-explanatory:
GHC is a state-of-the-art programming suite for Haskell. Included is
an optimising compiler generating good code for a variety of
platforms, together with an interactive system for convenient, quick
development. The distribution includes space and time profiling
facilities, a large collection of libraries, and support for various
language extensions, including concurrency, exceptions, and foreign
language interfaces (C, whatever).
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
A wide variety of Haskell related resources (tutorials, libraries,
specifications, documentation, compilers, interpreters, references,
contact information, links to research groups) are available from the
Haskell home page at
We supply binary builds in the native package format for various
flavours of Linux and BSD, and in InstallShield form for Windows
folks. Everybody else gets a .tar.gz which can be installed where you
want.
http://www.haskell.org/
Once you have the distribution, please follow the pointers in the
README file to find all of the documentation about this release.
GHC's Web page lives at
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
On-line GHC-related resources
===============================
On-line GHC-related resources
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:
......@@ -100,9 +135,8 @@ comp.lang.functional FAQ http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~gmh/faq.html
System requirements
=====================
System requirements
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To compile programs with GHC, you need a machine with 64+MB memory, GNU C
and perl. This release is known to work on the following platforms:
......@@ -125,9 +159,8 @@ run-down of what ports work; an on-line version can be found at
Mailing lists
===============
Mailing lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, use
the web interfaces at
......@@ -147,3 +180,4 @@ or send them to glasgow-haskell-bugs@haskell.org.
GHC users hang out on glasgow-haskell-users@haskell.org. Bleeding
edge CVS users party on cvs-ghc@haskell.org.
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