Not sure how it looks like from the other side of the fence, but the last couple of weeks have been hard, between Covid spiking up again, and other various issues affecting the new release more or less directly.
I personally was a bit surprised at how much interest there was for the 0.7.0 release! I imagined we would get a similar increase for the release of the self-hosted compiler, not for a relatively minor release, but it seems that we are accelerating faster than I expected.
Next release we’ll make sure to take all the time needed to get every detail right and maximize the impact we can have on the public. It’s going to be great, I’m sure.
On a side note, the “show us something” format turned out to be great. I loved it, and I think I’ll try to incorporate it into SHOWTIME itself, maybe by having an episode like that every now and then.
Finally, I’ve submitted an application to FOSDEM to get a Dev Room (thanks to Jakub for pinging me about it), we were supposed to know yesterday if we got accepted or not, but I guess we’re not the only ones having trouble with schedules. Hopefully we’ll know in a few more days. If we do get accepted, I’ll open a Call for Papers for it, so get ready!
By Alex Naskos
> In this talk, we are going to be discussing runtime polymorphism (also known as dynamic dispatch). The focus will be on comparing various implementations in zig and showing the differences in emitted code and in usability.
There’s a lot that you can achieve with Zig if you take a moment to learn the details and maybe sprinkle a bit of comptime magic on it. This means that runtime interfaces / dynamic dispatch can be implemented in userland, and that’s what Alex is going to talk about.
Can you imagine how lame it would be if Zig hardcoded in the language one specific implementation of interfaces when you have this power at your disposal?
By Loris Cro
Let’s talk about virtuosity using Zig expressions. This is going to be a very short talk pointing out clever things that you can do with expressions in Zig.
Also, if you don’t know what’s a virtuoso, no worries, I’ll explain that too :)
The last episode was the Zig 0.7.0 release party. It featured a few people showing us random things and some discussions around the present and future of Zig.
See you at showtime,