Roadmap: Montefesto

.ia lo snura faircu’u kanji ka’e na’e nandu (“Secure distributed computation should not be hard.”)

—Corbin, on Monte

This is the roadmap for Monte development according to Allen and Corbin. If you want to work on anything on this list, let us know; we’re very accepting of new contributors.


  • Finish key language features
    • ✓ Named arguments
    • ✓ m``
    • ✓ Bytes
    • ✓ Finalize on-disk (on-wire) compiled code format
    • ✓ Auditors
  • Finish key runtime features
    • Expose key C libraries to user-level code
      • ✓ libsodium
      • ✓ libuv
  • Finish key compiler features
    • ✓ Compiler error messages are informative
  • Finish key integration features
    • Profiling
      • ✓ Time (vmprof)


  • “Exit stealth mode”; display a sleek and friendly front page to neophytes and visitors which explains:
    • ✓ Why Monte exists
    • ✓ How to get started using Monte
  • Have stories for:
    • ✓ Developing modular Monte codebases
  • Finish key language features
    • ✓ Streamcaps
    • ✓ Vats
  • Finish key integration features
    • Initial IDE support
      • ✓ vim (Corbin)
      • ✓ emacs (Allen)
      • ✓ Sublime/Atom (Mike, Justin)


  • Make Monte desireable
  • Improve the core
    • Speed: Nobody should have to wait for code to compile
    • Safe objects
      • Many method improvements to builtin collections
      • Semitransparent
      • PassByCopy
      • makeWeakMap
      • Twines
      • Elusive Eight: Useful numerical analysis methods for doubles
    • Unsafe objects
      • Filesystem
      • Timers
    • Typhon-specific improvements
      • Even faster interpreting
  • Develop Monte packaging
    • Packages
    • Muffins
    • Environments
    • mtpkgs
  • Develop important libraries
    • HTTP
    • Debugger
    • Records
    • Pretty-printers
  • Monte-related R&D
    • Rationals
    • Capn Proto
    • CapTP/VatTP


We currently don’t know what we’re going to do for 2018. Possibilities range from MonteCon to The Monte Foundation to nothing at all. Who knows? It is a mystery~


If you’d like to get involved with developing or using the Monte language, start by getting in touch with us on IRC. It is useful, but not necessary, to be acquainted with Python‘s syntax and/or the computational concepts of E.

Then clone the repo and follow the directions below to begin running Monte code. If you have problems, join us in #monte on, ask your question (use a pastebin to share any errors, rather than pasting into the channel), and wait a few hours if nobody is around.

If you’d like to contribute to Monte, check out the Monte and Typhon issue trackers. It’s also worth grepping for TODO in the source of both projects.