[Agda] Agda 2.3.0 released

Ulf Norell ulfn at chalmers.se
Wed Nov 23 10:36:11 CET 2011

I'm happy to announce that Agda version 2.3.0 is now up on Hackage.
These commands should get you set up with the new version:

cabal update
cabal install Agda-executable

It's been a while since the last release so there's a lot of new stuff.
Check out the release notes below.

/ Ulf

-- Release notes for Agda 2 version 2.3.0

Important changes since 2.2.10:


* New more liberal syntax for mutually recursive definitions.

  It is no longer necessary to use the 'mutual' keyword to define
  mutually recursive functions or datatypes. Instead, it is enough to
  declare things before they are used. Instead of

      f : A
      f = a[f, g]

      g : B[f]
      g = b[f, g]

  you can now write

    f : A
    g : B[f]
    f = a[f, g]
    g = b[f, g].

  With the new style you have more freedom in choosing the order in
  which things are type checked (previously type signatures were
  always checked before definitions). Furthermore you can mix
  arbitrary declarations, such as modules and postulates, with
  mutually recursive definitions.

  For data types and records the following new syntax is used to
  separate the declaration from the definition:

    -- Declaration.
    data Vec (A : Set) : Nat → Set  -- Note the absence of 'where'.

    -- Definition.
    data Vec A where
      []   : Vec A zero
      _::_ : {n : Nat} → A → Vec A n → Vec A (suc n)

    -- Declaration.
    record Sigma (A : Set) (B : A → Set) : Set

    -- Definition.
    record Sigma A B where
      constructor _,_
      field fst : A
            snd : B fst

  When making separated declarations/definitions private or abstract
  you should attach the 'private' keyword to the declaration and the
  'abstract' keyword to the definition. For instance, a private,
  abstract function can be defined as

      f : A
      f = e

  Finally it may be worth noting that the old style of mutually
  recursive definitions is still supported (it basically desugars into
  the new style).

* Pattern matching lambdas.

  Anonymous pattern matching functions can be defined using the syntax

    \ { p11 .. p1n -> e1 ; ... ; pm1 .. pmn -> em }

  (where, as usual, \ and -> can be replaced by λ and →). Internally
  this is translated into a function definition of the following form:

    .extlam p11 .. p1n = e1
    .extlam pm1 .. pmn = em

  This means that anonymous pattern matching functions are generative.
  For instance, refl will not be accepted as an inhabitant of the type

    (λ { true → true ; false → false }) ≡
    (λ { true → true ; false → false }),

  because this is equivalent to extlam1 ≡ extlam2 for some distinct
  fresh names extlam1 and extlam2.

  Currently the 'where' and 'with' constructions are not allowed in
  (the top-level clauses of) anonymous pattern matching functions.


    and : Bool → Bool → Bool
    and = λ { true x → x ; false _ → false }

    xor : Bool → Bool → Bool
    xor = λ { true  true  → false
            ; false false → false
            ; _     _     → true

    fst : {A : Set} {B : A → Set} → Σ A B → A
    fst = λ { (a , b) → a }

    snd : {A : Set} {B : A → Set} (p : Σ A B) → B (fst p)
    snd = λ { (a , b) → b }

* Record update syntax.

  Assume that we have a record type and a corresponding value:

    record MyRecord : Set where
        a b c : ℕ

    old : MyRecord
    old = record { a = 1; b = 2; c = 3 }

  Then we can update (some of) the record value's fields in the
  following way:

    new : MyRecord
    new = record old { a = 0; c = 5 }

  Here new normalises to record { a = 0; b = 2; c = 5 }. Any
  expression yielding a value of type MyRecord can be used instead of

  Record updating is not allowed to change types: the resulting value
  must have the same type as the original one, including the record
  parameters. Thus, the type of a record update can be inferred if the type
  of the original record can be inferred.

  The record update syntax is expanded before type checking. When the

    record old { upd-fields }

  is checked against a record type R, it is expanded to

    let r = old in record { new-fields },

  where old is required to have type R and new-fields is defined as
  follows: for each field x in R,

    - if x = e is contained in upd-fields then x = e is included in
      new-fields, and otherwise
    - if x is an explicit field then x = R.x r is included in
      new-fields, and
    - if x is an implicit or instance field, then it is omitted from

  (Instance arguments are explained below.) The reason for treating
  implicit and instance fields specially is to allow code like the

    record R : Set where
        {length} : ℕ
        vec      : Vec ℕ length
        -- More fields…

    xs : R
    xs = record { vec = 0 ∷ 1 ∷ 2 ∷ [] }

    ys = record xs { vec = 0 ∷ [] }

  Without the special treatment the last expression would need to
  include a new binding for length (for instance "length = _").

* Record patterns which do not contain data type patterns, but which
  do contain dot patterns, are no longer rejected.

* When the --without-K flag is used literals are now treated as

* Under-applied functions can now reduce.

  Consider the following definition:

    id : {A : Set} → A → A
    id x = x

  Previously the expression id would not reduce. This has been changed
  so that it now reduces to λ x → x. Usually this makes little
  difference, but it can be important in conjunction with 'with'. See
  issue 365 for an example.

* Unused AgdaLight legacy syntax (x y : A; z v : B) for telescopes has
  been removed.

Universe polymorphism

* Universe polymorphism is now enabled by default.
  Use --no-universe-polymorphism to disable it.

* Universe levels are no longer defined as a data type.

  The basic level combinators can be introduced in the following way:

    Level : Set
    zero  : Level
    suc   : Level → Level
    max   : Level → Level → Level

  {-# BUILTIN LEVEL     Level #-}
  {-# BUILTIN LEVELZERO zero  #-}
  {-# BUILTIN LEVELSUC  suc   #-}
  {-# BUILTIN LEVELMAX  max   #-}

* The BUILTIN equality is now required to be universe-polymorphic.

* trustMe is now universe-polymorphic.

Meta-variables and unification

* Unsolved meta-variables are now frozen after every mutual block.
  This means that they cannot be instantiated by subsequent code. For

    one : Nat
    one = _

    bla : one ≡ suc zero
    bla = refl

  leads to an error now, whereas previously it lead to the
  instantiation of _ with "suc zero". If you want to make use of the
  old behaviour, put the two definitions in a mutual block.

  All meta-variables are unfrozen during interactive editing, so that
  the user can fill holes interactively. Note that type-checking of
  interactively given terms is not perfect: Agda sometimes refuses to
  load a file, even though no complaints were raised during the
  interactive construction of the file. This is because certain checks
  (for instance, positivity) are only invoked when a file is loaded.

* Record types can now be inferred.

  If there is a unique known record type with fields matching the
  fields in a record expression, then the type of the expression will
  be inferred to be the record type applied to unknown parameters.

  If there is no known record type with the given fields the type
  checker will give an error instead of producing lots of unsolved

  Note that "known record type" refers to any record type in any
  imported module, not just types which are in scope.

* The occurrence checker distinguishes rigid and strongly rigid
  occurrences [Reed, LFMTP 2009; Abel & Pientka, TLCA 2011].

  The completeness checker now accepts the following code:

    h : (n : Nat) → n ≡ suc n → Nat
    h n ()

  Internally this generates a constraint _n = suc _n where the
  meta-variable _n occurs strongly rigidly, i.e. on a constructor path
  from the root, in its own defining term tree. This is never

  Weakly rigid recursive occurrences may have a solution [Jason Reed's
  PhD thesis, page 106]:

    test : (k : Nat) →
           let X : (Nat → Nat) → Nat
               X = _
           (f : Nat → Nat) → X f ≡ suc (f (X (λ x → k)))
    test k f = refl

  The constraint _X k f = suc (f (_X k (λ x → k))) has the solution
  _X k f = suc (f (suc k)), despite the recursive occurrence of _X.
  Here _X is not strongly rigid, because it occurs under the bound
  variable f. Previously Agda rejected this code; now it instead
  complains about an unsolved meta-variable.

* Equation constraints involving the same meta-variable in the head
  now trigger pruning [Pientka, PhD, Sec. 3.1.2; Abel & Pientka, TLCA
  2011]. Example:

    same : let X : A → A → A → A × A
               X = _
           in {x y z : A} → X x y y ≡ (x , y)
                          × X x x y ≡ X x y y
    same = refl , refl

  The second equation implies that X cannot depend on its second
  argument. After pruning the first equation is linear and can be

* Instance arguments.

  A new type of hidden function arguments has been added: instance
  arguments. This new feature is based on influences from Scala's
  implicits and Agda's existing implicit arguments.

  Plain implicit arguments are marked by single braces: {…}. Instance
  arguments are instead marked by double braces: {{…}}. Example:

      A : Set
      B : A → Set
      a : A
      f : {{a : A}} → B a

  Instead of the double braces you can use the symbols ⦃ and ⦄, but
  these symbols must in many cases be surrounded by whitespace. (If
  you are using Emacs and the Agda input method, then you can conjure
  up the symbols by typing "\{{" and "\}}", respectively.)

  Instance arguments behave as ordinary implicit arguments, except for
  one important aspect: resolution of arguments which are not provided
  explicitly. For instance, consider the following code:

    test = f

  Here Agda will notice that f's instance argument was not provided
  explicitly, and try to infer it. All definitions in scope at f's
  call site, as well as all variables in the context, are considered.
  If exactly one of these names has the required type (A), then the
  instance argument will be instantiated to this name.

  This feature can be used as an alternative to Haskell type classes.
  If we define

    record Eq (A : Set) : Set where
      field equal : A → A → Bool,

  then we can define the following projection:

    equal : {A : Set} {{eq : Eq A}} → A → A → Bool
    equal {{eq}} = Eq.equal eq

  Now consider the following expression:

    equal false false ∨ equal 3 4

  If the following Eq "instances" for Bool and ℕ are in scope, and no
  others, then the expression is accepted:

    eq-Bool : Eq Bool
    eq-Bool = record { equal = … }

    eq-ℕ : Eq ℕ
    eq-ℕ = record { equal = … }

  A shorthand notation is provided to avoid the need to define
  projection functions manually:

    module Eq-with-implicits = Eq {{...}}

  This notation creates a variant of Eq's record module, where the
  main Eq argument is an instance argument instead of an explicit one.
  It is equivalent to the following definition:

    module Eq-with-implicits {A : Set} {{eq : Eq A}} = Eq eq

  Note that the short-hand notation allows you to avoid naming the
  "-with-implicits" module:

    open Eq {{...}}

  Instance argument resolution is not recursive. As an example,
  consider the following "parametrised instance":

    eq-List : {A : Set} → Eq A → Eq (List A)
    eq-List {A} eq = record { equal = eq-List-A }
      eq-List-A : List A → List A → Bool
      eq-List-A []       []       = true
      eq-List-A (a ∷ as) (b ∷ bs) = equal a b ∧ eq-List-A as bs
      eq-List-A _        _        = false

  Assume that the only Eq instances in scope are eq-List and eq-ℕ.
  Then the following code does not type-check:

    test = equal (1 ∷ 2 ∷ []) (3 ∷ 4 ∷ [])

  However, we can make the code work by constructing a suitable
  instance manually:

    test′ = equal (1 ∷ 2 ∷ []) (3 ∷ 4 ∷ [])
      where eq-List-ℕ = eq-List eq-ℕ

  By restricting the "instance search" to be non-recursive we avoid
  introducing a new, compile-time-only evaluation model to Agda.

  For more information about instance arguments, see Devriese &
  Piessens [ICFP 2011]. Some examples are also available in the
  examples/instance-arguments subdirectory of the Agda distribution.


* Dependent irrelevant function types.

  Some examples illustrating the syntax of dependent irrelevant
  function types:

    .(x y : A) → B    .{x y z : A} → B
    ∀ x .y → B        ∀ x .{y} {z} .v → B

  The declaration

    f : .(x : A) → B[x]
    f x = t[x]

  requires that x is irrelevant both in t[x] and in B[x]. This is
  possible if, for instance, B[x] = B′ x, with B′ : .A → Set.

  Dependent irrelevance allows us to define the eliminator for the
  Squash type:

    record Squash (A : Set) : Set where
      constructor squash
        .proof : A

    elim-Squash : {A : Set} (P : Squash A → Set)
                  (ih : .(a : A) → P (squash a)) →
                  (a⁻ : Squash A) → P a⁻
    elim-Squash P ih (squash a) = ih a

  Note that this would not type-check with
  (ih : (a : A) -> P (squash a)).

* Records with only irrelevant fields.

  The following now works:

    record IsEquivalence {A : Set} (_≈_ : A → A → Set) : Set where
        .refl  : Reflexive _≈_
        .sym   : Symmetric _≈_
        .trans : Transitive _≈_

    record Setoid : Set₁ where
      infix 4 _≈_
        Carrier        : Set
        _≈_            : Carrier → Carrier → Set
        .isEquivalence : IsEquivalence _≈_

      open IsEquivalence isEquivalence public

  Previously Agda complained about the application
  IsEquivalence isEquivalence, because isEquivalence is irrelevant and
  the IsEquivalence module expected a relevant argument. Now, when
  record modules are generated for records consisting solely of
  irrelevant arguments, the record parameter is made irrelevant:

    module IsEquivalence {A : Set} {_≈_ : A → A → Set}
                         .(r : IsEquivalence {A = A} _≈_) where

* Irrelevant things are no longer erased internally. This means that
  they are printed as ordinary terms, not as "_" as before.

* The new flag --experimental-irrelevance enables irrelevant universe
  levels and matching on irrelevant data when only one constructor is
  available. These features are very experimental and likely to change
  or disappear.


* The reflection API has been extended to mirror features like
  irrelevance, instance arguments and universe polymorphism, and to
  give (limited) access to definitions. For completeness all the
  builtins and primitives are listed below:

    -- Names.

    postulate Name : Set

    {-# BUILTIN QNAME Name #-}

      -- Equality of names.
      primQNameEquality : Name → Name → Bool

    -- Is the argument visible (explicit), hidden (implicit), or an
    -- instance argument?

    data Visibility : Set where
      visible hidden instance : Visibility

    {-# BUILTIN HIDING   Visibility #-}
    {-# BUILTIN VISIBLE  visible    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN HIDDEN   hidden     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN INSTANCE instance   #-}

    -- Arguments can be relevant or irrelevant.

    data Relevance : Set where
      relevant irrelevant : Relevance

    {-# BUILTIN RELEVANCE  Relevance  #-}
    {-# BUILTIN RELEVANT   relevant   #-}
    {-# BUILTIN IRRELEVANT irrelevant #-}

    -- Arguments.

    data Arg A : Set where
      arg : (v : Visibility) (r : Relevance) (x : A) → Arg A

    {-# BUILTIN ARG    Arg #-}
    {-# BUILTIN ARGARG arg #-}

    -- Terms.

      data Term : Set where
        -- Variable applied to arguments.
        var     : (x : ℕ) (args : List (Arg Term)) → Term
        -- Constructor applied to arguments.
        con     : (c : Name) (args : List (Arg Term)) → Term
        -- Identifier applied to arguments.
        def     : (f : Name) (args : List (Arg Term)) → Term
        -- Different kinds of λ-abstraction.
        lam     : (v : Visibility) (t : Term) → Term
        -- Pi-type.
        pi      : (t₁ : Arg Type) (t₂ : Type) → Term
        -- A sort.
        sort    : Sort → Term
        -- Anything else.
        unknown : Term

      data Type : Set where
        el : (s : Sort) (t : Term) → Type

      data Sort : Set where
        -- A Set of a given (possibly neutral) level.
        set     : (t : Term) → Sort
        -- A Set of a given concrete level.
        lit     : (n : ℕ) → Sort
        -- Anything else.
        unknown : Sort

    {-# BUILTIN AGDASORT            Sort    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATYPE            Type    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERM            Term    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMVAR         var     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMCON         con     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMDEF         def     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMLAM         lam     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMPI          pi      #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATERMSORT        sort    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDATYPEEL          el      #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDASORTSET         set     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDASORTLIT         lit     #-}

      -- Function definition.
      Function  : Set
      -- Data type definition.
      Data-type : Set
      -- Record type definition.
      Record    : Set

    {-# BUILTIN AGDAFUNDEF    Function  #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADATADEF   Data-type #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDARECORDDEF Record    #-}

    -- Definitions.

    data Definition : Set where
      function     : Function  → Definition
      data-type    : Data-type → Definition
      record′      : Record    → Definition
      constructor′ : Definition
      axiom        : Definition
      primitive′   : Definition

    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITION                Definition   #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITIONFUNDEF          function     #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITIONDATADEF         data-type    #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITIONRECORDDEF       record′      #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITIONPOSTULATE       axiom        #-}
    {-# BUILTIN AGDADEFINITIONPRIMITIVE       primitive′   #-}

      -- The type of the thing with the given name.
      primQNameType        : Name → Type
      -- The definition of the thing with the given name.
      primQNameDefinition  : Name → Definition
      -- The constructors of the given data type.
      primDataConstructors : Data-type → List Name

  As an example the expression

    primQNameType (quote zero)

  is definitionally equal to

    el (lit 0) (def (quote ℕ) [])

  (if zero is a constructor of the data type ℕ).

* New keyword: unquote.

  The construction "unquote t" converts a representation of an Agda term
  to actual Agda code in the following way:

  1. The argument t must have type Term (see the reflection API above).

  2. The argument is normalised.

  3. The entire construction is replaced by the normal form, which is
     treated as syntax written by the user and type-checked in the
     usual way.


    test : unquote (def (quote ℕ) []) ≡ ℕ
    test = refl

    id : (A : Set) → A → A
    id = unquote (lam visible (lam visible (var 0 [])))

    id-ok : id ≡ (λ A (x : A) → x)
    id-ok = refl

* New keyword: quoteTerm.

  The construction "quoteTerm t" is similar to "quote n", but whereas
  quote is restricted to names n, quoteTerm accepts terms t. The
  construction is handled in the following way:

  1. The type of t is inferred. The term t must be type-correct.

  2. The term t is normalised.

  3. The construction is replaced by the Term representation (see the
     reflection API above) of the normal form. Any unsolved metavariables
     in the term are represented by the "unknown" term constructor.


    test₁ : quoteTerm (λ {A : Set} (x : A) → x) ≡
            lam hidden (lam visible (var 0 []))
    test₁ = refl

    -- Local variables are represented as de Bruijn indices.
    test₂ : (λ {A : Set} (x : A) → quoteTerm x) ≡ (λ x → var 0 [])
    test₂ = refl

    -- Terms are normalised before being quoted.
    test₃ : quoteTerm (0 + 0) ≡ con (quote zero) []
    test₃ = refl

Compiler backends


* The MAlonzo backend's FFI now handles universe polymorphism in a
  better way.

  The translation of Agda types and kinds into Haskell now supports
  universe-polymorphic postulates. The core changes are that the
  translation of function types has been changed from

    T[[ Pi (x : A) B ]] =
      if A has a Haskell kind then
        forall x. () -> T[[ B ]]
      else if x in fv B then
        T[[ A ]] -> T[[ B ]]


    T[[ Pi (x : A) B ]] =
      if x in fv B then
        forall x. T[[ A ]] -> T[[ B ]]  -- Note: T[[A]] not Unit.
        T[[ A ]] -> T[[ B ]],

  and that the translation of constants (postulates, constructors and
  literals) has been changed from

    T[[ k As ]] =
      if COMPILED_TYPE k T then
        T T[[ As ]]


    T[[ k As ]] =
      if COMPILED_TYPE k T then
        T T[[ As ]]
      else if COMPILED k E then

  For instance, assuming a Haskell definition

    type AgdaIO a b = IO b,

  we can set up universe-polymorphic IO in the following way:

      IO     : ∀ {ℓ} → Set ℓ → Set ℓ
      return : ∀ {a} {A : Set a} → A → IO A
      _>>=_  : ∀ {a b} {A : Set a} {B : Set b} →
               IO A → (A → IO B) → IO B

    {-# COMPILED_TYPE IO AgdaIO              #-}
    {-# COMPILED return  (\_ _ -> return)    #-}
    {-# COMPILED _>>=_   (\_ _ _ _ -> (>>=)) #-}

  This is accepted because (assuming that the universe level type is
  translated to the Haskell unit type "()")

    (\_ _ -> return)
      : forall a. () -> forall b. () -> b -> AgdaIO a b
      = T [[ ∀ {a} {A : Set a} → A → IO A ]]


    (\_ _ _ _ -> (>>=))
      : forall a. () -> forall b. () ->
          forall c. () -> forall d. () ->
            AgdaIO a c -> (c -> AgdaIO b d) -> AgdaIO b d
      = T [[ ∀ {a b} {A : Set a} {B : Set b} →
               IO A → (A → IO B) → IO B ]].


* New Epic backend pragma: STATIC.

  In the Epic backend, functions marked with the STATIC pragma will be
  normalised before compilation. Example usage:

    {-# STATIC power #-}

    power : ℕ → ℕ → ℕ
    power 0       x = 1
    power 1       x = x
    power (suc n) x = power n x * x

  Occurrences of "power 4 x" will be replaced by "((x * x) * x) * x".

* Some new optimisations have been implemented in the Epic backend:

  - Removal of unused arguments.

  A worker/wrapper transformation is performed so that unused
  arguments can be removed by Epic's inliner. For instance, the map
  function is transformed in the following way:

    map_wrap : (A B : Set) → (A → B) → List A → List B
    map_wrap A B f xs = map_work f xs

    map_work f []       = []
    map_work f (x ∷ xs) = f x ∷ map_work f xs

  If map_wrap is inlined (which it will be in any saturated call),
  then A and B disappear in the generated code.

  Unused arguments are found using abstract interpretation. The bodies
  of all functions in a module are inspected to decide which variables
  are used. The behaviour of postulates is approximated based on their
  types. Consider return, for instance:

    postulate return : {A : Set} → A → IO A

  The first argument of return can be removed, because it is of type
  Set and thus cannot affect the outcome of a program at runtime.

  - Injection detection.

  At runtime many functions may turn out to be inefficient variants of
  the identity function. This is especially true after forcing.
  Injection detection replaces some of these functions with more
  efficient versions. Example:

    inject : {n : ℕ} → Fin n → Fin (1 + n)
    inject {suc n} zero    = zero
    inject {suc n} (suc i) = suc (inject {n} i)

  Forcing removes the Fin constructors' ℕ arguments, so this function
  is an inefficient identity function that can be replaced by the
  following one:

    inject {_} x = x

  To actually find this function, we make the induction hypothesis
  that inject is an identity function in its second argument and look
  at the branches of the function to decide if this holds.

  Injection detection also works over data type barriers. Example:

    forget : {A : Set} {n : ℕ} → Vec A n → List A
    forget []       = []
    forget (x ∷ xs) = x ∷ forget xs

  Given that the constructor tags (in the compiled Epic code) for
  Vec.[] and List.[] are the same, and that the tags for Vec._∷_ and
  List._∷_ are also the same, this is also an identity function. We
  can hence replace the definition with the following one:

    forget {_} xs = xs

  To get this to apply as often as possible, constructor tags are
  chosen /after/ injection detection has been run, in a way to make as
  many functions as possible injections.

  Constructor tags are chosen once per source file, so it may be
  advantageous to define conversion functions like forget in the same
  module as one of the data types. For instance, if Vec.agda imports
  List.agda, then the forget function should be put in Vec.agda to
  ensure that vectors and lists get the same tags (unless some other
  injection function, which puts different constraints on the tags, is

  - Smashing.

  This optimisation finds types whose values are inferable at runtime:

    * A data type with only one constructor where all fields are
      inferable is itself inferable.
    * Set ℓ is inferable (as it has no runtime representation).

  A function returning an inferable data type can be smashed, which
  means that it is replaced by a function which simply returns the
  inferred value.

  An important example of an inferable type is the usual propositional
  equality type (_≡_). Any function returning a propositional equality
  can simply return the reflexivity constructor directly without
  computing anything.

  This optimisation makes more arguments unused. It also makes the
  Epic code size smaller, which in turn speeds up compilation.


* ECMAScript compiler backend.

  A new compiler backend is being implemented, targetting ECMAScript
  (also known as JavaScript), with the goal of allowing Agda programs
  to be run in browsers or other ECMAScript environments.

  The backend is still at an experimental stage: the core language is
  implemented, but many features are still missing.

  The ECMAScript compiler can be invoked from the command line using
  the flag --js:

    agda --js --compile-dir=<DIR> <FILE>.agda

  Each source <FILE>.agda is compiled into an ECMAScript target
  <DIR>/jAgda.<TOP-LEVEL MODULE NAME>.js. The compiler can also be
  invoked using the Emacs mode (the variable agda2-backend controls
  which backend is used).

  Note that ECMAScript is a strict rather than lazy language. Since
  Agda programs are total, this should not impact program semantics,
  but it may impact their space or time usage.

  ECMAScript does not support algebraic datatypes or pattern-matching.
  These features are translated to a use of the visitor pattern. For
  instance, the standard library's List data type and null function
  are translated into the following code:

    exports["List"] = {};
    exports["List"]["[]"] = function (x0) {
        return x0["[]"]();
    exports["List"]["_∷_"] = function (x0) {
        return function (x1) {
          return function (x2) {
            return x2["_∷_"](x0, x1);

    exports["null"] = function (x0) {
        return function (x1) {
          return function (x2) {
            return x2({
              "[]": function () {
                return jAgda_Data_Bool["Bool"]["true"];
              "_∷_": function (x3, x4) {
                return jAgda_Data_Bool["Bool"]["false"];

  Agda records are translated to ECMAScript objects, preserving field

  Top-level Agda modules are translated to ECMAScript modules,
  following the common.js module specification. A top-level Agda
  module "Foo.Bar" is translated to an ECMAScript module

  The ECMAScript compiler does not compile to Haskell, so the pragmas
  related to the Haskell FFI (IMPORT, COMPILED_DATA and COMPILED) are
  not used by the ECMAScript backend. Instead, there is a COMPILED_JS
  pragma which may be applied to any declaration. For postulates,
  primitives, functions and values, it gives the ECMAScript code to be
  emitted by the compiler. For data types, it gives a function which
  is applied to a value of that type, and a visitor object. For
  instance, a binding of natural numbers to ECMAScript integers
  (ignoring overflow errors) is:

    data ℕ : Set where
      zero : ℕ
      suc  : ℕ → ℕ

    {-# COMPILED_JS ℕ function (x,v) {
        if (x < 1) { return v.zero(); } else { return v.suc(x-1); }
      } #-}
    {-# COMPILED_JS zero 0 #-}
    {-# COMPILED_JS suc function (x) { return x+1; } #-}

    _+_ : ℕ → ℕ → ℕ
    zero  + n = n
    suc m + n = suc (m + n)

    {-# COMPILED_JS _+_ function (x) { return function (y) {
                          return x+y; };
      } #-}

  To allow FFI code to be optimised, the ECMAScript in a COMPILED_JS
  declaration is parsed, using a simple parser that recognises a pure
  functional subset of ECMAScript, consisting of functions, function
  applications, return, if-statements, if-expressions,
  side-effect-free binary operators (no precedence, left associative),
  side-effect-free prefix operators, objects (where all member names
  are quoted), field accesses, and string and integer literals.
  Modules may be imported using the require("<module-id>") syntax: any
  impure code, or code outside the supported fragment, can be placed
  in a module and imported.


* New flag --safe, which can be used to type-check untrusted code.

  This flag disables postulates, primTrustMe, and "unsafe" OPTION
  pragmas, some of which are known to make Agda inconsistent.

  Rejected pragmas:


  Note that, at the moment, it is not possible to define the universe
  level or coinduction primitives when --safe is used (because they
  must be introduced as postulates). This can be worked around by
  type-checking trusted files in a first pass, without using --safe,
  and then using --safe in a second pass. Modules which have already
  been type-checked are not re-type-checked just because --safe is

* Dependency graphs.

  The new flag --dependency-graph=FILE can be used to generate a DOT
  file containing a module dependency graph. The generated file (FILE)
  can be rendered using a tool like dot.

* The --no-unreachable-check flag has been removed.

* Projection functions are highlighted as functions instead of as
  fields. Field names (in record definitions and record values) are
  still highlighted as fields.

* Support for jumping to positions mentioned in the information
  buffer has been added.

* The "make install" command no longer installs Agda globally (by
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