Roadmap

Andreas Rumpf edited this page Jun 22, 2016 · 8 revisions
Language feature Scheduled for Notes
Automatic dereference in more contexts implemented but needs to be activated via the .experimental switch a.f() and f(a) are rewritten to f(a[]) if overloading resolution fails completely. This rewrite is only performed for the first argument
Implement static[T] properly for version 1.0 The implementation has lots of issues, but what's worse the spec is not nearly clear enough and seems to conflate 2 different ideas.
asFunc pragma After 1.0 provides a nice bridge from 'var T' to 'returns T'; can be entirely implemented as a macro with the upcoming types API
Pragmas are not supported for 'bindSym' after 1.0 this makes clean macros impossible to write when it comes to pragmas
Alias analysis needs to specified and controllable with pragmas after 1.0 alias analysis affects memory safety rules
Destructors need to interact with finalizers after 1.0 destructors and finalizers are implemented, but do not interact. new which takes a finalizer needs to be deprecated. People should use a destructor instead. However, destructors should ultimately depend on an escape analysis.
~ Operator for effects after 1.0 it is not entirely clear what ~F should mean.
Prevent object branch transitions from low(selector) after 1.0 object branch transitions from low(selector) are allowed, because they are simply too useful, but can break memory safety. Now that the language has a proper notion of construction, we can make them safe.
Push pragma needs to be reworked after 1.0 it should be distinguished between 'push' for 'type', 'proc' etc.
Returning 'var T' is unsafe and needs static analysis to make safe after 1.0 the compiler already checks for trivial examples
Some effects like GCMem don't need to be white-listed after 1.0 unclear whether this only affects built-in properties like GCMem, Recursive.
Term rewriting macros need more love after 1.0 we need much more tests and use them in production
Weaken the requirements for forward declarations after 1.0 two different design ideas exist: one conservative and so will work, the other highly experimental
Write tracking after 1.0 algorithm exists. Can be extended to compute lent pointers.


Compiler feature Scheduled for Notes
High level optimizer after 1.0 use the effect system for optimizations; interacts with TR macros; performs:
  • GCSE
  • loop invariant hoisting
  • escape analysis for string/seq
  • inlining of small lambdas
GPU backend after 1.0
Pure RC'ing GC unknown important for better interoperability with Objective-C
Symbol files after 1.0 symbol files provide true incremental compilation beyond the caching of generated C code