28 Jan 2010

PLT Scheme v4.2.4

posted by Eli Barzilay

PLT Scheme version 4.2.4 is now available from http://plt-scheme.org/

  • The scheme/flonum and scheme/fixnum libraries provide flonum- and fixnum-specific operations. In the case of flonum-specific operations, the JIT compiler can recognize combinations of operations (including local bindings) and improve performance by “unboxing” intermediate results.
  • The scheme/unsafe/ops library provides arithmetic and other operations that are implemented without dynamic checks. Avoiding checks can sometimes improve performance, but at the expense of safety.
  • 2htdp/universe: We have severed the connection between universe and an image library and made a few other, minor changes. Most programs will now have to change to require the htdp/image library explicitly. For the full details, see the new Porting World Programs section of the documentation.
  • The 2htdp/image library continues to grow. In this release, it is supported by 2htdp/universe, equality changed to be based on how the images are drawn, cropping and curves were added, and support for more kinds of pens were added.
  • htdp/world: The old world teachpack remains deprecated. HtDP/2e exclusively uses the new 2htdp/universe library. For backwards compatibility, the world teachpack will remain in the distribution until the coming summer.
  • The scheme/class library now provides this%, which refers to the class of the current object (i.e. this).
  • scheme/generator has convenient functions for infinite generators, and for converting a generator to a sequence for iteration.
  • PLT Scheme’s add-on directory can be customized by the $PLTADDONDIR environment variable or --addon/-A command-line flags. This controls where downloaded Planet packages and their compiled Scribble documentation are installed.
  • Additional extensions include: saving errno in foreign calls, much improved sort speed, normalized results from procedure-arity, and more.

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