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This is a major breaking release of the Solidity language and compiler that includes many new safety features. In general, programmers have to be more explicit, some weird edge-cases are removed from the language and the low-level compiler interface is much simpler.
This release was long overdue and as a result has amassed an incredibly long list of changes. Please refer to the "Solidity v0.5.0 Breaking Changes” section in the documentation about a good description of what has changed and how to update your code, or if you are courageous, check out the changelog!
If you want to perform a source build, please only use solidity_0.5.0.tar.gz and not the zip provided by github directly.
We especially thank all the contributors that made this release possible:
a4nkit, ajs, Alexander Arlt, Alex Beregszaszi, alibabe, Ankit Raj, Anurag Dashputre, Arindam Mondal, Asif Mallik, Augusto F. Hack, bakaoh, Balajiganapathi S, Berk Erol, Bhargava Shastry, Chase McDermott, Christian Parpart, Chris Ward, Crypto Jerônimo, Cryptomental, Daniel Kirchner, Daniel Kronovet, Dimitry, dm4, D-Nice, Dominik Harz, Dylan Wilson, Eitan Levin, Eric Ren, Erik Kundt, Evgeniy Filatov, f-daniel, Federico Bond, feliam, Flash Sheridan, Florian Antony, Franco Victorio, gftea, Guido Vranken, Harry Moreno, herrBez, hydai, Jared Wasinger, Jason Cobb, Jeffrey Anthony, Jesse Busman, João Vítor, Jordan Last, J Quinn, Julius Huelsmann, Kevin Azoulay, Khan M Rashedun-Naby, Kristofer Peterson, Lazaridis, Leanne, Lefteris Karapetsas, Leo Arias, Leonardo Alt, liangdzou, Li Xuanji, Luke Schoen, Martin Diz, Matías Aereal Aeón, Matías A. Ré Medina, Matthew Little, Matt Little, mestorlx, Michał Załęcki, Mike, mingchuan, mordax, Nicolás Venturo, Noel Maersk, Paweł Bylica, Pritam Roy, Richard Littauer, ritzdorf, Rytis Slatkevičius, Shadab Khan, Simon Chen, taitt, Tim Holland, Timofey Solonin, Tomasz Drwięga, Vutsal Singhal, wbt, William Entriken, William Morriss, wpank, xinbenlv