Crystal 0.33.0 has been released!
This release comes with bug fixes, stability of the std-lib & runtime, some awaited language features and lots of cleanup.
There are 117 commits since 0.32.1 by 29 contributors.
Let’s review some highlights in this release. But don’t miss out on the rest of the release changelog which has a lot of valuable information.
select/timeout language construct allows you to perform a blocking channel operation but timeout after a specific amount of time. It was previously possible to do manually, but it required some boilerplate and a dedicated fiber. This is now possible while taking advantage of libevent directly.
timeout is not a top-level method and is expected to be used only in a blocking
when condition (ie: without an
else). Read more about
timeout in select statements in #8506.
In the built-in macros the
TypeNode#name got extended with a new overload that allows you to pick whether you want (or not) the generic arguments when getting the type’s name (default is to include them). Read more at #8483.
There were some memory corruption bugs because we used
memcpy 32-bits primitives in 64-bits machines. They are now fixed in #8746.
Now, the default
CRYSTAL_PATH gives precedence to
./lib over embedded std-lib so your shards can override some std-lib modules if needed. Read more at #8752.
We did some clean-ups and completely dropped the support for previously deprecated comma separators in enums. Read more at #8657.
We took the time to do some clean-ups regarding various previously deprecated methods and modules. Some of them deprecated almost over a year ago.
URI.unescape are really no longer available. Read more at #8646, #8596.
There are also some additions.
Object#in?(collection) is analogous to
Enumerable#includes?(obj) but with the receiver and argument swapped.
dig? methods for
YAML::Any got fixed to avoid raising on non-structure values. Read more at #8745.
How File, User and Group interact with each other keeps evolving to find a sweet spot.
File::Info#group are deprecated in favor of
#group_id. Read more at #8007.
OpenSSL::SSL::Socket was improved to deal with some misbehaving parties out in the wild. Read more at #8540.
Sometimes in generic types, using
Nil might cause some glitches. Like in
Array(Nil), how would you distinguish if
#? returns the stored
nil or the out-of-bounds value. Even though sometimes it is still useful to use
Nil as a type argument like in
Future(Nil) should now be working without surprises. Read more at #8650.
We’ve been paying attention to sporadic failures on the CI multi-thread jobs. Sometimes the specs need to be iterated since they were written with a different single-thread mindset. Read more at #8592, #8643, and #8724.
IO::FileDescriptor.from_stdio now returns an
IO with blocking mode depending on the type of the file descriptor used for STDIN, STDOUT and STDERR. Read more at #8787.
dprintf are used to print to STDOUT or STDERR. But the latter is not portable.
Crystal::System.print_error was extended to handle
printf-like format. So it should be used instead of
dprintf usually. Read more at #8786.
Usually using specs the
Spec::DotFormatter shows… dots! The
Spec::JUnitFormatter is another option that is a good fit for richer reporting. It’s got improved with lots of information in #8599.
As a bonus point this reporting was integrated in our CircleCI jobs so we can get some concise reports of failures, slow test and other statistics in the test summary. Read more at #8617.
We finally settled to use
:nodoc: for the doc generator. So you should always put the
: around those words when documenting your code. Read more at #6362.
Regarding Windows support there was some movement. A Windows CI using GitHub Actions was added in #8676 to help us move forward and not backwards. The
system module in prelude was enabled in #8661. More specs got fixed to work in #8670. And a helper script to identify working std-lib specs was added in #8664.
We started to use
lld instead of
ld in Linux builds since it seems we were hitting some
ld limitations. In case you experience them you might also want to move to
lld. If it is available the
Makefile will take care to use it. Read more at #8641.
Please update your Crystal and report any issues. We will keep moving forward and start the development focusing on 0.34.
It will also be helpful if your shards are tested against Crystal nightly releases. Either Docker or Snap are the current channels to get them easily. This will help reduce the friction of a release while checking if the ecosystem is in good shape.
The upcoming 0.34 is likely to include an updated shards, so using nightly would help us to collect feedback from it.
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