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[RFC] Converging to a 1.0 release - Roadmap

From: Jose E. Marchesi
Subject: [RFC] Converging to a 1.0 release - Roadmap
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:32:14 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi people!

I'm happy to say that poke's development is going well.  We are steadily
progressing in terms of functionality, stability, testing,
documentation.  Many thanks to the contributors for this!

There is still a lot of work to do, but I think it is time to start
focusing on a first release.  This first release doesn't have to provide
all the planned functionality (like gradual typing in the language,
callback-based remapping, growing structures, support for big numbers,
transactions in IOS, etc) but whatever it provides, it should be robust
and functional.

In my usual optimism, I am to target this first release for beginning of
May :)

We need to make a categorized list of functionality and tasks to be
completed before the release.  My initial suggestion is below.

What else should we include?

Language features

l1 - struct constructors.
l2 - Exceptions as structs.
l3 - Complex maps in l-values.
l4 - Equality for arrays and structs.
l5 - Initial values in struct fields (int i = 20;)
l6 - ++ and -- pre/post increment operators for ints and offsets
l7 - bit concatenation in l-values
l8 - "Integral" structs.
l9 - Bit operators in offsets.


c1 - Get rid of valmappers
c2 - Big arrays support
c3 - Lexical revamp

PVM work

IOS work

io1 - stream IOD (input/output)
io2 - ptrace IOD
io3 - poke translator IOD
io4 - pread/pwrite like interface in IOS-IOD

Documentation work

d1 - Introductory chapters in the manual

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