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Last Week in Pony - August 12, 2018

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

  • Audio from the August 8, 2018 Pony Development Sync is now available: Pony Development Sync 8/8/2018

  • There was an internet kerfuffle about Integer division by zero in Pony returning zero as a result. Sean T. Allen is planning on writing a blog post about the practical reasons why this decision was made - a decision that every member of the core team wishes didn’t have to be made. That post will involve lots of fun “things you might not know about computers” content. In the meantime, a large “is that mathematically sound” kerfuffle also broke out on the Internet. Hillel Wayne has a nice write up:

    • 1/0 = 0
    • There was also a massive ton of commentary on HackerNews about the article. Some approaching it from a programming language/computer angle. Some of it from a math angle.
  • If you are interested in becoming a maintainer for the Pony Emacs mode, drop Sean T. Allen a line. He’s looking for maintainers.

News and Blog Posts

  • The vote is in! Pony-stable, our little dependency manager that could, is going to be renamed to Tack. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting: pony-stable issue 75


Interested in making a change, or keeping up with changes to Pony? Check out the RFC repo. Contributors welcome!