[Haskell] ANNOUNCE: GHC version 6.4

Simon Marlow simonmar at microsoft.com
Fri Mar 11 07:25:04 EST 2005

    The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.4

The GHC Team is delighted to announce a new major release of GHC.  It
has been a long time since the last major release (Dec 2003!), and a
lot has happened:

  - GADTs (Generalised Abstract Datatypes) are supported  

  - STM (Software Transactional Memory) is implemented

  - Full support for Cabal and a much improved package framework

  - Better support for mutually-recursive modules

  - A complete rewrite of the back end

  - Accurate source locations in error messages

  - Lots of new libraries

The full release notes are here:


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