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<h1>What's new?</h1>
<hr width="30%">  <a name="SF-mirror"> </a>    
<h3><a name="SF-mirror">SML/NJ web site now mirrored at SourceForge</a></h3>
<blockquote> <a name="SF-mirror">The master copy of the SML/NJ web pages
is now kept in the CVS repository of the smlnj SourceForge project (see </a><a href="#sourceforge">
    previous item on SourceForge projects</a>).  The <a href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj">
    Bell-Labs-hosted site</a> is now joined by <a href="http://www.smlnj.org">
    www.smlnj.org</a>, which mirrors the same pages from the repository.
      <a name="macosx"> </a>            
  <h3><a name="macosx">Working version 110.33 supports Mac OS X and experimentat
  <blockquote> <a name="macosx">The recently released  </a><a href="NEWS/110.33-README.html">
    110.33</a> working version runs under Mac OS X.  It also introduces Matthias
  Blume's new, experimental FFI, NLFFI ("No-Longer Foreign Function Interface"). 
  Currently NLFFI is available only under x86-linux, but it is being ported
  to other architectures. </blockquote>
      <a name="smlnj.exe"> </a>                    
    <h3><a name="smlnj.exe">New 110.0.7 smlnj.exe works on Windows 9X</a></h3>
    <blockquote> <a name="smlnj.exe">The original version of the Windows
installer, smlnj.exe, for 110.0.7 had a problem when running under Windows
95/98/ME that caused error messages abound undefined strings like PRODUCT_NAME.
 This problem has been corrected in a new  </a><a href="ftp://ftp.research.bell-labs.com/dist/smlnj/release/110/smlnj.exe">
    smlnj.exe</a> now available in the usual 110.0.7 <a href="ftp://ftp.research.bell-labs.com/dist/smlnj/release/110/">
     ftp</a> and  <a href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/dist">
 http</a>    distribution directories.                               
      <p> This new smlnj.exe (as of 23 March 01) also corrects a problem
where installation only set the user PATH and CM_PATH environment variables.
 Now the installer sets these variables at the system level for all users.
 Installation must be done from an administrator account. </p>
      <a name="sourceforge"> </a>                            
      <h3><a name="sourceforge">New Standard ML and SML/NJ SourceForge projects</a></h3>
      <blockquote> <a name="sourceforge">Two new SML-related projects have
  been started at SourceForge, a site and organization supporting collaborative
  development of open-source software.  The  </a><a href="http://www.standardml.org">
    Standard ML (sml)</a> project at <a href="http://www.standardml.org">
www.standardml.org</a>     supports all Standard ML implementations by encouraging
sharing of resources   such as test suites, benchmarks, libraries, and documentaion.
 The <a href="http://www.smlnj.org">    Standard ML of New Jersey (smlnj)</a>
 project at <a href="http://www.smlnj.org">    www.smlnj.org</a> is intended
to be the future home of SML/NJ (including   web pages, releases, CVS repository,
etc.). </blockquote>
      <a name="prog-smlnj"> </a>                                    
        <h3><a name="prog-smlnj">New SML/NJ tutorial by Riccardo Pucella</a></h3>
        <blockquote> <a href="mailto:riccardo@cs.cornell.edu">Riccardo Pucella</a>
     has written an extensive new tutorial, <a href="http://www.cs.cornell.edu/riccardo/smlnj.html">
     <strong>Notes on Programming SML/NJ</strong></a>, which is available 
as            <a href="http://www.cs.cornell.edu/riccardo/prog-smlnj/notes-011001.ps">
    postscript</a> or <a href="http://www.cs.cornell.edu/riccardo/prog-smlnj/notes-011001.pdf">
    PDF</a>. This is a first draft of the Notes, and Riccardo welcomes corrections 
  and suggestions. </blockquote>
      <a name="sml-mode"> </a>                                          
          <h3><a name="sml-mode">New version of sml-mode added to contrib/emacs</a></h3>
          <blockquote> <a href="mailto:monnier@cs.yale.edu">Stefan Monnier's</a>
     latest version, 3.9.5, of the sml-mode package for emacs has been added
  to the <a href="ftp://ftp.research.bell-labs.com/dist/smlnj/contrib/emacs">
    contrib/emacs</a> directory. </blockquote>
      <a name="110.0.7">                                                
            <h3>Patch Release 110.0.7</h3>
            <blockquote> A new minor release version <a href="NEWS/110-README.html">
    110.0.7</a> is now available.  This is the sixth patch release for version
  110 (110.0.4 was not released).  This patch release fixes a long-standing 
  bug in signal handling.  It also includes a number of SML/NJ Library enhancements
  and fixes and some fixes to CM and eXene, and a small number of other bug
  fixes.  See the <a href="NEWS/110-PATCH-HISTORY">110-PATCH-HISTORY</a>
file   for       details. With this release, we are also making the distribution
  files available for download via http as well as ftp.  See the <a href="dist/110.0.7.html">
    110.0.7 distribution page</a>. [<strong>Note:</strong> The original smlnj.exe
  installer for Windows had incorrect CM tool paths.  This has been corrected
  by a new smlnj.exe as of October 18, 2000.] </blockquote>
      <a name="Version-111">                                            
              <h3>Plans for the next release (Version 111)</h3>
              <blockquote> Meanwhile, work continues on the next release,
  which we hope to have ready for a beta release "real soon now". The next
 release will not contain any major language or Basis library changes, but
 there will be major internal changes, including:                       
     <li>A new runtime system with improved management of virtual memory. 
                      <li>New support for foreign functions (C) based on
IDL.                     </li>
                      <li>Conformance with the soon to be published SML Basis
  spec. </li>
                      <li>MLRISC code generators for all architectures. </li>
                      <li>The FLINT representation has partially replaced 
the  old cps representation in the back end. </li>
     In addition, there will be a couple significant language extensions: 
lazy  datatypes and lazy functions over such datatypes, functional record 
concatenation  (a "with" operation), and mutable records whose fields can 
be updated.                                                             
                <p> Most features of Version 111 are implemented in current
  working versions.  The main missing elements are the new runtime system
and  a MIPS code generator. </p>
                <h3><a href="software.html#SOFTWARE:WORKING-VERSIONS">Working
                <p> </p>
                <blockquote> <a name="110.38"> The latest working version
  is </a><a href="NEWS/110.38-README.html">110.38</a>. &nbsp;It provides
internal improvements to MLRISC and an overhauled FFI. &nbsp;The previous
version (<a href="NEWS/110.37-README.html">110.37</a>) came with some enhancements 
to CM and more improvements to the MLRISC backend. All working releases since 
                  <a href="NEWS/110.35-README">110.35</a>  are based on a 
new  organization of compiler source code into CM libraries, run under the 
new  Mac OS X, include Matthias Blume's new, experimental FFI (NLFFI) for 
x86-linux  and support CML as well as eXene.                             
                  <p> Since working version 110.9.1, major internal changes
  have been implemented and many changes are still in progress.  Version
                  <a href="NEWS/110.12-README">    110.12</a> introduced
fundamental changes in array, vector and string representations  and a new
garbage collector interface.  Extensive changes have also been made to the
ML-RISC code generators. </p>
                  <p> Starting with <a href="NEWS/110.20-README.html">110.20</a>
    , a major overhaul of the CM compilation manager has been in progress,
 accompanied  with a reorganization of the compiler itself into a set of
libraries.                    </p>
                  <p> The next working release will incorporate an updated
  version of the FLINT middle end.  At this point, we will change the way
the  code is managed by having a publically accessible CVS repository at
Yale.                    </p>
                  <p> As usual, use the working versions at your own risk.
   Some working versions incorporate substantial changes that reduce stability
  and introduce bugs. </p>
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