The Ampersand compiler is a Haskell program built with stack. Stack is a build tool for Haskell projects such as Ampersand. We have automated the building process (using stack) for the following purposes:
to prevent mistakes such as dependency conflicts inside and between Haskell packages, for an uninterrupted compilation process (robust building);
to generate ampersand compilers for different platforms (platform independence);
to provide a reproducible and reliable build process to developers with diverse development tools, operating systems, and working environments (uniform building);
to allow for generating images for docker containers (containerization);
to accellerate the build process to increase the release frequency of Ampersand.
The instructions to install Stack are pretty clear for the various platforms. Make sure you read the part about the STACK_ROOT environment variable.
To compile Ampersand you need a file package.yaml, which sits in the Ampersand repository. Fetch it and put it in you working directory. From the command-line, call command
stack install and after a while (go get coffee!) your ampersand compiler exists! NB: If you want to build Rieks' preprocessor as well, the magic spell is
stack install --flag ampersand:buildAll