Repository for maintaining proposal for changes to the Haxe programming language

Haxe change proposals

This project is for maintaining formal change proposals for Haxe language.

About proposals

Haxe Proposals (HXP) can be submitted by any Haxe team developer or community member, as long as it's complete and well explained.

Once a HXP has been submitted, it can be discussed and modified. Anybody can also submit a PR against an existing HXP to have it amended.

After the HXP has been discussed, a formal vote can take place to accept it. Only Haxe Core Team members are allowed to vote:

  • Nicolas Cannasse (Haxe creator)
  • Simon Krajewski (Compiler Maintainer)
  • Hugh Sanderson (Haxe C++ backend)
  • Caue Waneck (Haxe C# and Java backends)
  • Andy Li (tools and infrastructure)
  • Dan Korostelev (compiler contributor)

To be accepted the HXP needs half + 1 votes in favor of it.

In order to keep the long term goals and vision of Haxe, Nicolas can veto any accepted proposal after the vote, but will explain his reasoning for doing so in details and agrees to use this power with care.

Once the HXP is accepted, the core team will work on implementing it.

What needs a proposal?

Stuff that don't need a formal proposal (unless it's something fundamental):

  • bugfixes
  • optimizations
  • documentation
  • minor API additions

Stuff that most probably need a formal proposal:

  • language changes, including adding new features
  • breaking standard library changes
  • large standard library additions (new toplevel types are also considered "large")
  • significant compiler architecture or build process changes

Basically, everything that needs some design process and consensus among the developers is a candidate for a proposal.

How to submit an HXP

  1. Fork the repo, copy the to proposals/, where short-name is a descriptive filename for the proposal document. Don't assign the number yet.
  2. Carefully fill in the proposal, pay attention to details: it should show your understanding of the issue and the impact of the proposed design.
  3. Submit a pull request with the proposal. In this PR, Haxe team and the community can provide feedback for it. Be prepared to react accordingly and revise the proposal document.
  4. After reaching general consensus or voting takes place, the PR is merged by someone from the Haxe developer team, and the proposal becomes "active". When merged, the proposal will receive its number from the corresponding pull request. If the proposal is rejected, the PR is closed with a comment explaining the reasons.
  5. Active proposals are to be further discussed in details by the Haxe developer team and finally implemented.