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Re: What is the future direction of GM2?

From: Gaius Mulley
Subject: Re: What is the future direction of GM2?
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 19:02:39 +0000
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Hưng Hưng <address@hidden> writes:

> Do we only want to be able to compile old code or we are willing to
> add non standard modifications to modernize the language to keep up
> with the world?
> I know everything also depends on how much free time and efforts the
> developers can spare. But I only want to know what they want to do
> with GM2. Thanks.
> p/s: IMHO, the most important thing we have to firstly do is to
> improve interop with C, by introducing helper modules and language
> features allowing us to communicate with C easier. I am more than
> willing to contribute bindings to popular C libraries. Of course, it's
> all up to how much time and efforts I could spare.


firstly thanks for your interest in gm2!  It is great to have these
questions asked and hopefully the answers could form a FAQ and/or
improve the documentation and compiler.

I'm currently working on getting gm2 into the gcc tree.  Fixing bugs in
the regression suite - one module I'm currently implementing is to
tighten up the type checking (particularly the types between proc types
and procedure) - but in fact all parameters.  One of the 13 regression
test failures is to do with a proc type and lack of checking.

I'd like to re-implement long sets as well to use an array of byte - but
this is an internal compiler issue really.

I'd also like to make headway developing M2R10 - the variadic records is
the first aspect, which is a smallish chunk of work.

Having someone contribute bindings to popular libraries would be really
awesome!  OpenGL would be fun :-)  but take your pick and enjoy!

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