Planning for the 7.12 release

Bardur Arantsson spam at
Sat Aug 29 14:59:42 UTC 2015

On 08/28/2015 07:33 PM, Ben Gamari wrote:
> 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.

That could be 9.0...? Let's embrace the Firefox/Chrome philosophy about
versioning :)

I'm very excited about the feature list for 7.12 and I agree that it's
almost big enough for a new "major" release.

(Thanks to all the people who've worked on it, btw!)


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