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May 2009 release

Item posted by Tim Daly <axiom> on Sun 31 May 2009 09:13:22 PM UTC.

Axiom now supports latex chunk syntax in pamphlets, thus
Axiom pamphlets can now be pure latex.
Axiom can now read pamphlet files and extract latex chunks directly.
All input files were converted to the new format.

This change has several long term implications. Once all of the
pamphlet files are pure latex we no longer need the NOWEAVE function.
Once Axiom can read all of its input formats, that is, )read and )compile
work directly on their pamphlet forms we will no longer need NOTANGLE.
At that point, we no longer need noweb.

This release sees the introduction of new domains and packages
as well as more documentation. The original Jenks books has been
modified to include new documentation, more help files were added,
and the )d op function documentation was expanded.

More effort has been applied to collecting interpreter and compiler
code into literate form in book volume 5.

A new effort to collect the compiler code into book volume 9 started.

The compiler was modified (by Waldek) to allow +-> in place of #1 syntax.
This conversion is nearly complete, with only a few packages remaining
to be converted. Lisp code to regression check the algebra changes was
written so the generated algebra is parsed and highlighted.

A method for running Axiom on Windows was developed and documented
on the home page of the website.

Unit testing of interpreter and compiler changes was added to the
regression testing. This will expand in future versions as changes
are made so ensure that things continue to function.

Volume 0: Axiom Jenks and Sutor
  Richard Jenks bio was added

  Section 9: Examples of Domains and Packages expanded
     ApplicationProgramInterface (API)
     Dequeue (DEQUEUE)
     EuclideanGroebnerBasisPackage
     GeneralDistributedMultivariatePolynomial
     GroebnerPackage
     HomogeneousDistributedMultivariatePolynomial
     NottinghamGroup
     Permutation
     RealSolvePackage
     TwoDimensionalViewport

  Cross references were fixed

  More spelling typo fixes

Volume 4: Axiom Developers Guide
  A section was added explaining how to find anonymous function signatures

Volume 5: Axiom Interpreter
  Michael Becker was added to the credit list

  )set debug is now a new top level command to collect all of
  the developer-level commands to enable/disable internal messages
  and tracing functions.

  \defunsec macro was added to handle section titles with docstrings

  More interpreter code was moved from other files into this book

  All regression test numbering was fixed to conform to the new,
  stronger regression test. Thus --S requires the "of NN" phrase
  or a FAILED message will be raised.

  The compiler root was moved to volume 9: Axiom Compiler

Volume 7: Axiom Hyperdoc
  Fixup verbatim breakage

Volume 7.1: Axiom Hyperdoc Pages
  Update What's New for March 2009

Volume 9: Axiom Compiler
  The compiler code is being collected from other parts of the
  system into this book. In particular,
    The root functions for the compiler were added
    The top level loop code of the compiler was added
    The next layer of compiler code was added

Volume 10.2: Axiom Algebra Categories
  There was a general change to allow +-> syntax in algebra and
  this was made to all existing categories

  MatrixCategory now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  Document binomial category

Volume 10.3: Axiom Algebra Domains
  There was a general change to allow +-> syntax in algebra and
  this was made to all existing domains

  SparseMultivariateTaylorSeries now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  Permutation now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  The regression tests now conform to the new, stronger
  regression test requirements

Volume 10.4: Axiom Algebra Packages
  There was a general change to allow +-> syntax in algebra and
  this was made to some existing packages. There is more to be done.

  Bezier package was added, including regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  CombiniatorialFunction now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  ElementaryFunction now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  IntegerCombinatoricFunctions now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  LazardSetSolvingPackage now has regression test cases, a help page,
  and )d op function examples

  The regression tests now conform to the new, stronger
  regression test requirements

Volume 12: Axiom Crystal
  Add Gelernter's observations on Layout and Linking

Bug fixes
   7191: set system-directory dynamically     (20090413.03.tpd.patch)
   7192: )edit now works because SPADEDIT added (20090414.02.tpd.patch)
   7197: fix hyperdoc/graphics failure          (20090530.01.tpd.patch)

Makefile changes
  Top Level Makfile
    The BOOKS environment shell variable was added to ENV
    Makefile.slackware chunk exists
    Makefile reports regression failures after builds

  lsp/Makefile
    Build tangle into the lisp image

  src/Makefile
    Copy bookvol9, the compiler,  to src/interp at build time

  src/algebra/Makefile
    Add Bezier package
    Add LazardSetSolvingPackage.help
    Add MatrixCategory.input, .help
    Add help, regress for ElementaryFunction
    Add input, help, examples for SparseMultivariateTaylorSeries
    Fix LazardSetSolvingPackage typo
    Move egrep to grep -E since egrep might not be installed
    Move help to bookvol5

  src/doc/Makefile
    Move help to bookvol5

  src/input/Makefile
    Add FRAC regression test
    Add unittest* files for regression testing non-algebra changes
    Change input files to latex tangle
    Fix regress format to conform to the new, improved regression testing

  src/interp/Makefile
    Build bookvol9, the compiler from book sources
    The old gclweb code was rewritten into tangle.lisp, gclweb was removed
    Move help to bookvol5
    More interpreter code was moved to bookvol5, the interpreter
    Debugsys has been updated to stop loading deleted files
    Several files were merged, rewritten, and removed:
      apply.boot, bootlex.lisp, comp.lisp, compiler.boot, cstream.boot,
      def.lisp, i-util.boot, incl.boot, int-top.boot, metalex.lisp,
      nci.lisp, parse.boot, parsing.lisp, postpar.boot, preparse.lisp,
      server.boot, setq.lisp, sockio.lisp, spad.lisp, spaderror.lisp,
      util.lisp, vmlisp.lisp

faq
  faq 50: Cannot find libXpm.a

readme
  Add Michael Becker to credit list

books/
  tangle.lisp lisp version of tangle command
  ps/v71mar2009.ps hypertex march 2009 release notes pic
  ps/v71releasenotes.ps hypertex what's new page pic

src/interp
  Rewrite apply.boot to apply.lisp
  Regression tests, regress.lisp, now checks for the "of NN" phrase

src/algebra
  Add Bezier package to exposed.lsp

src/axiom-website
  Add March 2009 column
  Add slackware column
  Axiom on Windows as html instructions
  Add March release notes
  Add binaries

src/doc/
  Add chunk environment to axiom.sty
  Old book sources were removed
  The spadhelp file was removed and added to the interpreter book

src/input/
  All of the .input files were modified to use latex tangle

src/scripts/tex/
  axiom.sty contains new latex macros

zips
  Old GCL versions were removed
    gcl-2.6.8pre.tgz removed
    gcl-2.6.7.tgz removed

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