[Pharo-dev] Pharo 7 changelog proposal

Pavel Krivanek pavel.krivanek at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 22:35:06 EST 2018


Hi,

I'm trying to summarize the changelog for Pharo 7 (based on about 2500
merged PRs, not counting standalone commits to Iceberg and Calypso). If
something more should be mentioned, please let me know.

Revolutionary kernel changes
- bootstrap
- modular stateful traits
- traits flattening in kernel packages
- new sources file for every bootstrapped version, empty changes
- new class builder
- binary packages loading (Hermes)

Infrastructure changes
- switch to GitHub
- Tonel code format
- update building infrastructure to Jenkins 2

Code management
- Calypso, the new system browser
  - new navigation model
  - faster UI
  - tabs toolbar instead of single source code panel
  - explicit commands instead of duplicated menu and shortcuts
  - extendable by plugins
  - suitable for the remote scenario
  - "dynamic protocols", support multiple tags per method
  - not required star convention for class extension
  - support multiple tags per class
  - visibility option for inherited methods
  - methods inherited from traits are not shown by default
  - variable view as the special mode for method group view.
  - better keyboard navigation
  - and many more

Iceberg
- a new friendly user interface
- simplification of solving problems with repositories
- workflow simplification
- better GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab support
- improved code merging and comparisons
- new code serialization format (Tonel)
- repositories metadata
- documentation
- better error handling, tags support
- improved Iceberg-Metacello integration
- credentials store

Cleanups
- remove Nautilus
- remove UpdateStream
- remove all Configurations
- remove ShoreLine-Report
- remove TxText
- remove PluggableTabBarMorph
- remove the old Compiler
- remove Watery theme
- remove Versionner
- remove Komitter
- remove LegacyWeakSubscription
- continue on deprecation of FileStream
- dead code cleanups
- code organization cleanups
- unify categorization of common methods
- cleanups of object inspection protocol
- start with Ring deprecation
- better structure of packages
- package comments

Updates
- Zinc
- Epicea
- FFI
- Metacello
- Fuel

New
- Calypso
- integrate WebBrowser
- integrate ReferenceFinder
- Hermes
- Refactoring 2
- Commander
- ClassAnnotation

Spec
- ComposableModel renamed to ComposablePresenter
- new calendar presenter
- Spec-Demo
- improve Spec linking to domain models

Look & Feel
- use the white theme by default
- improve themes switching
- main menu bar
- new window management shortcuts
- better support of fallback bitmap fonts
- improved Inspector refreshing
- Spotter is looking for opened windows
- display scale factor
- FastTable improvements

VM interface
- DoubleWord and DoubleByte arrays
- add EncoderForSistaV1
- read-only literals support
- improvements and fixes for 64-bit support
- fixes for FullBlockClosure
- support of the new bytecode set

Reflectivity
- breakpoints improvements
- test coverage using metalinks
- reflectivity and metalinks improvements

Other
- startup running in a fresh process
- better pin messages
- NewValueHolder and Model API unification
- better working and image directories meaning separation
- SortFunctions composable
- better OSWindow support
- convert rules to the Renraku architecture
- class and method comments improvements
- extensible Playground (pageActionOrder:)
- optional password management for command line handlers
- system dependencies tests
- unify way to obtain package manifests
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