2021 was a big year for Unison. We released a new alpha version roughly every other month, and each release came with some serious improvements. In total, we merged more than 600 pull requests. Here are some of the highlights.
Thank you Tavish Pegram for being the first in our community blogpost series! In this post, Tavish walks through a popular 'kata' for practicing test driven development and hexagonal architecture. Along the way, he explores Unison's type system, abilities, and testing conventions.
We've just put out a major new release of Unison. It includes a snazzy new UI for browsing Unison codebases, a new computable documentation format, a new faster runtime, and a new SQLite-based codebase format that substantially improves codebase performance.
Exciting news! Heather Miller, CMU professor and Scala Center founder, who does very cool research at the intersection of programming languages, FP, and distributed systems, will be a Visiting Researcher with us this summer. Like us, Heather is passionate about finding ways to make distributed programming more compositional. We'll be collaborating together on a library for distributed computing in Unison and some interesting demo application using that library.
It's exciting to see Unison gradually coming together, but even more exciting has been seeing people writing and publishing Unison code. I've been pretty busy reviewing pull requests to the Unison base libraries and there's already a lot of useful stuff there. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!
We've just released milestone M1l of the the Unison Codebase Manager, which focused on essentials for ecosystem growth, specifically: guidance and tools for structuring and licensing your own libraries, and contributing to others.
Unison doesn't have library dependency conflicts, and many sources of ecosystem churn just disappear. This fact got a brief mention in the Strange Loop 2019 talk, but that talk didn't make all the benefits totally clear. This article will attempt to highlight some of the more surprising benefits of Unison's approach.
Unison Computing is a public benefit corp (PBC), cofounded by Paul Chiusano, Rúnar Bjarnason, and Arya Irani. We work alongside other amazing open source contributors on the Unison language. 💜 This post talks about why Unison Computing is a PBC and also includes our first annual report.
There have been more than 700 commits to Unison's master branch since we last did one of these update posts, so a lot has happened. We've made a lot of bug-fixes and improvements to the ergonomics of Unison--too many to list them all here. Here are some highlights.
At Scale By the Bay 2019 we gave a talk on Unison's unique approach to refactoring. This post gives a brief overview of how it works.
Since our last official update here, we started alpha testing a first release of Unison, gave a talk at Strange Loop, and have been working towards an M2 release with lots of new features, bugfixes, and polish.
We had our first ever Unison meetup last Tuesday! If you missed it or just want to look back on it fondly (or if like me you struggle to remember anything from more than 2 days ago..), this post is for you!!
Hi all — it's been 464 commits since our last update post, and I hardly know where to start...
Hey everyone, Rúnar here. It's been a while since our last update. We've been busy.