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Last Week in Pony - July 23, 2017

Last Week In Pony is a weekly blog post to catch you up on the latest news for the Pony programming language. To learn more about Pony check out our website, our Twitter account @ponylang, or our Zulip community.

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Items of note

  • Alpine Linux support has landed on main and will be released in Pony 0.16.0. Thanks to Dipin Hora for doing the initial work.
  • LLVM 4.0 support is on the way. Gordon Tisher picked this up and ran with it when no one else had time. When this gets merged, everyone should drop Gordon a note of thanks. I’ll do mine now: Thanks Gordon! You rock!
  • Supporting a ton of different LLVM versions is difficult for a small team. There’s a proposition to remove LLVM 3.7 support once 4.0 support lands. If this would ruin your day, please let us know.
  • Audio from the July 19, 2017 Pony development sync is available for your listening pleasure.

News and Blog Posts

  • While not specifically “Pony”, I thought this would be of interest to the Pony community. Back at QCon London this spring, Martin Thompson moderated an awesome panel What’s Next for Our Programming Languages?. The panel includes amongst others, our very own Sylvan as well Joe Duffy and Brian Goetz. If you listen to the development sync calls, you’ll hear Joe’s name come up a lot. It’s a great panel and worth your time if you are interested in programming languages.
  • A few weeks back, I gave a talk on Pony at QCon New York. The video will be released sometime later this summer. In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing it, I have a few invites left that get you access to the “pre-release” video. Want an invite? Drop me a line with the email address to invite. In the meantime, you can enjoy the slides.


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