Planning for the 7.12 release

Ben Gamari ben at
Fri Aug 28 17:33:13 UTC 2015

Simon Peyton Jones <simonpj at> writes:

> Actually that’s a good idea.
> Simon
> From: ghc-devs [mailto:ghc-devs-bounces at] On Behalf Of Greg Weber
> Sent: 28 August 2015 16:43
> To: Ben Gamari
> Cc: GHC developers
> Subject: Re: Planning for the 7.12 release
> Can we call this GHC 8.0 instead of 7.12 ?
> Overloaded record fields and backtraces are a huge missing piece to
> Haskell. It would be nice to have the bump to celebrate this occasion
> and say that Haskell 8 is "ready". I have had a hard time seriously
> recommending Haskell due to those last missing features. Now I should
> be able to say without reservation: "use Haskell > 8; it is great!"
I was discussing this very matter yesterday with a few folks. I think we
certainly have enough features in this release to do a major bump. I
half-jokingly suggested that 8.0 should only come with Phase 2 of
Richard's Dependent Haskell work, but I'm willing to settle for
merely kind equality.

I think doing a major bump would be a great idea.


- Ben
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