Crystal 0.29.0 has been released!
This release comes with many fixes in the compiler and some polishing in the std-lib. There is some work-in-progress related to multi-threading in other branches and whiteboards still.
There were 116 commits since 0.28.0 by 24 contributors.
Let’s review some of the most relevant changes in this release. But don’t miss the rest of the release changelog which has a lot of valuable information.
In #7758 a bug in the
require file path algorithm was fixed. If your shard of application stops compiling it’s maybe due to an extra pair of
../ or a requirement missing. Keep calm and fix the paths.
Since #7582 the compiler is a bit pickier (as it always should’ve been) with respect name of variables. Shouting and asking is no longer allowed, so
? are disallowed at the end of variables. They are allowed only in methods name (and in the special
Deprecation warnings were introduced in 0.28.0, and there were a couple of undetected cases. Since #7724 the analysis covers initialize methods and methods with named args. Remember to build and spec with
--warnings=all --error-on-warnings options since this feature is opt-in for now.
Effective error reporting depends heavily on tracking back an AST node to the original location. More cases are now handled since #7827.
During the last couple of releases, we’ve been introducing a couple of feature toggles to introduce new semantics. We were missing a way to run the existing compiler specs against these toggles when they affect low-level phases of the compiler. Maybe #7837 will only be relevant to the ones that want to dig into the compiler itself.
Since #7818 the compiler is a bit more strict regarding how new/initialize methods are defined when they’ve been included from a
module. All in all it aims for consistency with
initialize methods defined in a hierarchy of types.
In #7801 the behaviour of
instance_sizeof is improved for abstract structs and modules. In some cases it used to compile when it shouldn’t, and there could be some wrong sizes returned.
When declaring an
enum flag type its members are
Int32 by default, and you are allowed to change the base type to other numeric types like
UInt16, etc. Since #7776 64-bits numeric types can be used also without chances of blowing up if there were more than 32 members. #Internals
The crystal implementation tool got a really useful feature. Since #7742 the tool can be used to lookup class and module implementations. Although its usage depends on the editor, let’s see a command line example.
minion.cr with the following content:
def initialize(@name : String)
m = Minion.new("Stuart")
If the cursor is located at line 6 column 8, it will be in the middle of
Minion of the
Minion.new. We can ask the tool to locate all the places where the constant
Minion is defined.
$ crystal tool implementations --cursor minion.cr:6:8 minion.cr
1 implementation found
This search is semantic. If there is a
Minion constant in another namespace it will not be shown as an implementation. And it works across all files included from the main file after the cursor location.
The docs are filled with examples, from time to time there is a major update to keep them consistent. Check how an external tool built by the community was used one more time in #7718. #LovelyNewTraditions
There are a couple of refinements in the
String API. In #7633,
String#at is deprecated in favor of
String is able to contain binary data so it’s better to have no doubts if you are intending to access a
char or a
In case your code parses octals using
String#to_i, they will need to be prefixed with
0o and not only
777 (dec) and
511 (dec). Read more at #0o17013. #0o0
YAML mappings are now a bit more comfortable for
String. If the mapping states that a
String is expected, and if the YAML source provides a scalar, the value is interpreted as a string. No need to quote it in the YAML, or add
#to_s methods on the code. Read more at #7809
This breaking change can probably be sent to
/dev/null. In #7778
File::DEVNULL was renamed to
Extra! Extra! #7423 added multicast for UDP. Broadcast the news! Extra! Extra!
In case your code needed to handle big files via
IO there was one stopper issue.
IO#copy used to return a 32 bits number, since #7660 that is changed to a
UInt64. We still encourage 32 bits by default, but some use cases demand a bit more, like… 32 more bits.
Names are hard, vol. 23425. In
#== method was deprecated in favor of
#verify in #7790 to better reflect the semantic of the operation.
Please update your Crystal and report any issues. We will keep moving forward and start the development focusing on 0.30.
Once again, check your code with
--warnings=all. This will help in the migration of your codebase and will probably push some feedback about that tool. Many of the breaking changes in this release are actually deprecations, so you probably want to check for warnings in order to do a full upgrade to Crystal 0.29.0.
Don’t miss the rest of the release changelog which has a lot of valuable information.