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July 4, 2011

Red/System goes beta!

This is a major milestone reached on the Red roadmap. Red/System is now in a beta state, which means that it is good enough, both in design and implementation to be used for building applications.

A huge collective effort has been made by all contributors to reach that state during June, in a single month, we produced:
  • 190 new commits (total = 354 now), more in a month than in the three previous ones!
  • 3600 more unit tests (total = 6230 now)
  • 2800 more LOC (total ~ 6000 LOC now)
  • 70 issues closed on github's tracker
  • 8 more revisions of specification document
This is what can be called an "intense" month of work!

There are still a lot of features that are lurking in the corner for inclusion. Red/System features are not set in stone, the language will evolve to match our needs, as a support tool for building Red. It will now follow a bit more organized release cycle to help users and contributors have a more stable base to work with.

The version number has been bumped to v0.2.0. From now on, only non-disruptive changes will be pushed on the main branch, other changes will go into a separate development branch until we decide to make a new release, merge new features and increment the version number. This cycle should be short, on a weekly basis (each week or two, depending on the development branch content). If this organization does not fit well the development progress, we will adapt to a more adequate one.

I cannot resist to show you the new unit testing output when running the complete tests suite (just run the %tests/run-all.r script):

Quick-Test v0.5.0
REBOL 2.7.6.3.1
Red/System Test Suite

ok - logic.............................76 / 76
ok - integer............................0 / 0
ok - byte..............................40 / 40
ok - c-string..........................20 / 20
ok - struct...........................116 / 116
ok - pointer...........................68 / 68
ok - cast..............................66 / 66
ok - alias.............................22 / 22
ok - length............................11 / 11
ok - null..............................11 / 11
ok - not...............................24 / 24
ok - size..............................36 / 36
ok - function...........................2 / 2
ok - exit...............................9 / 9
ok - return............................24 / 24
ok - modulo............................20 / 20
ok - infix..............................2 / 2
ok - conditional.......................13 / 13
ok - byte-auto.......................3492 / 3492
ok - integer-auto....................2106 / 2106
ok - alias-compile......................3 / 3
ok - cast-compile......................16 / 16
ok - comp-err...........................4 / 4
ok - exit-err...........................3 / 3
ok - int-literals-err...................1 / 1
ok - output.............................3 / 3
ok - return-err.........................5 / 5
ok - conditions-required-err...........23 / 23
ok - inference-err......................1 / 1
ok - callback-err.......................3 / 3
ok - infix-err..........................2 / 2
ok - not................................1 / 1

ok - Red/System Test Suite...........6230 / 6230
in 0:00:16.3

A big thank to all the following contributors who are working hard each day to help me bring Red to life:

Andreas Bolka
Rudolf W.Meijer
Kaj de Vos
Peter W A Wood

Cheers!

EDIT: for those coming here for the first time and willing to test Red/System, please follow the link to Github's repository, you will find some instructions there for getting started.

8 comments:

  1. Congrats and thank you Doc!

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  2. Great work, thanks a lot!

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  3. Interesting, but how does a newbie actually use it (on Windows)?

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  4. You have a short how-to on how to get started here: https://github.com/dockimbel/Red

    There is no user manual yet, only a specification document: http://static.red-lang.org/red-system-specs.html

    For any help, you can subscribe to the mailing-list or try on the IRC channel.

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  5. one more attempt to post.
    Great work doc.

    was glad to see that your hello.exe is 5KB and not 500KB

    wet_wet_wet

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  6. Thanks! 500KB is huge, probably bigger than Red's final version with all compilers (Red/System, Red static+JIT) and standard libraries built-in!

    I am sorry for the issues some of you might encounter with Blogger's comment form. I can't believe that Google is keeping this horrible form for so long...Seems that Blogger is stuck in 2000.

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