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The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.10.1
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The GHC Team is pleased to announce a new major release of GHC. There
have been a number of significant changes since the last major release,
including:
* Some new language features have been implemented:
* Record syntax: wild-card patterns, punning, and field disambiguation
* Generalised quasi-quotes
* Generalised list comprehensions
* View patterns
* Type families have been completely re-implemented
* Now comes with Haddock 2, which supports all GHC extensions
* Parallel garbage collection
* Base provides extensible exceptions
* The GHC API is easier to use
* External core (output only) now works again
* Data Parallel Haskell (DPH) comes as part of GHC
The full release notes are here:
http://haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.10.1/html/users_guide/release-6-10-1.html
How to get it
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The easy way is to go to the web page, which should be self-explanatory:
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
We supply binary builds in the native package format for many
platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
place.
Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.
Background
~~~~~~~~~~
Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language.
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). GHC is distributed under a
BSD-style open source license.
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 (see below).
On-line GHC-related resources
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:
GHC home page http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
GHC developers' home page http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/
Haskell home page http://www.haskell.org/
Supported Platforms
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The list of platforms we support, and the people responsible for them,
is here:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Contributors
Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of
difficulty. The Building Guide describes how to go about porting to a
new platform:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building
Developers
~~~~~~~~~~
We welcome new contributors. Instructions on accessing our source
code repository, and getting started with hacking on GHC, are
available from the GHC's developer's site run by Trac:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/
Mailing lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, use
the web interfaces at
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-users
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-bugs
There are several other haskell and ghc-related mailing lists on
www.haskell.org; for the full list, see
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/
Some GHC developers hang out on #haskell on IRC, too:
http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/IRC_channel
Please report bugs using our bug tracking system. Instructions on
reporting bugs can be found here:
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/reportabug
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