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Jan 14, 2021

Wed 13 January 2021
By Edwin
In News.
tags: Release
A new version (0.3.0) of Idris 2 has been released. You can download the source
(including generated Scheme and Racket files for bootstrapping) from the
download page.
To build it, you can either use an earlier version of Idris 2 (minimum 0.2.2),
or (the simplest way), run make bootstrap to build from the generated
Scheme. Full instructions are in INSTALL.md in the distribution.
Documentation is available here.
To get started, you can see:
The installation has worked successfully on Linux, Windows, Mac and Raspberry
Pi. Please let us know (ideally via the mailing list) how you get on with installing on other
platforms.
The main changes since Idris 2 version 0.2.2 are:
Language and compiler changes:

  • Removed multiplicity subtyping, as this is unsound and unfortunately causes
    more problems than it solves. This means you sometimes now need to write
    linear versions of functions as special cases. (Though note that the 1
    multiplicity is still considered experimental, so hopefully this will change
    for the better in the future!)
  • Added new syntax for named applications of explicit arguments:
    f {x [= t], x [= t], …}
    f {x [= t], x [= t], …, _}
  • Added syntax for binding all explicit arguments (in the left hand side):
    f {}
  • Added new syntax for record updates (without the need for the record
    keyword):
    {x := t, x $= t, …}
  • Local implementations of interfaces (in let or where blocks) now work,
    along with %hint annotations on local definitions, meaning that local
    definitions can be searched in auto implicit search.

    • Note, though, that there are still some known limitations (with both local
      hints and local implementations) which will be resolved in the next version.
  • New experimental refccode generator, which generates C with reference
    counting.
  • Added primitives to the parsing library used in the compiler to get more precise
    boundaries to the AST nodes FC.

Library changes:

  • Added Data.HVect in contrib, for heterogeneous vectors.
  • Various other library functions added throughout base and contrib

Command-line options changes:

  • Added –colour and –no-colour options for coloured terminal output.
    Colour is enabled by default. (An alternative spelling of “colour” works too :))
  • Added –console-width <auton> option for printing margins. By default the
    auto option is selected, the result is that the compiler detects the current
    terminal width and sets it as the option value, otherwise a user value can be
    provided. An explicit 0 has the effect of simulating a terminal with
    unbounded width.

REPL/IDE mode changes:

  • Added :colour (onoff) option for coloured terminal output.
  • Added :consolewidth (auton) option for printing margins. Mirrors the
    command line option.

Any issues you do find, please report via
the github issue tracker.
We may not be able to fix them quickly (there’s not many of us working on
this full time after all) but it’s still useful to know what they are!
Thanks to the many people who have contributed, whether by adding features,
fixing code, reporting issues, or anything else. You can find a list of
contributors
in the GitHub repository.
Have fun!