Rakudo Perl 6 Compiler - 2016.01.1 released

This release includes primarily bugfixes, should be no breaking changes from the Christmas release.

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we figure out our release setup and how to add new features without breaking compatibility with the 6.c spec.

A Rakudo Star release should follow in the next few days, hopefully in time for the NY.pm Perl 6 hands on workshop this weekend.

If you want a tarball, you can download the compiler from http://rakudo.org/downloads/rakudo/ -- Additionally, it's available via macports already.

Perl 6.c (Christmas) Rakudo Star coming soon

Are you waiting for a Rakudo * Christmas Release? Or an MSI installer for windows? Here's the story so far:

  1. There were some bugs in the 2015.12 compiler release (Sorry!) that we thought it would be nice to fix in time for the R* release.
  2. This would involve a point release of 2015.12.1 to fix just those bugs.
  3. Work continued as normal on the main dev branch of rakudo, including some awesome things that are not strictly backwards compatible - whoops, we had meant to get this all sorted out at the same time as the release.
  4. Work was done on a way to int…

Swiss Perl Workshop 2015 - Perl 6

The Swiss Perl Workshop was recently hosted in Olten, Switzerland, at the end of August, 2015. The Perl 6 team is targeting an official release by Christmas of 2015, and the workshop provided a great opportunity for core Perl 6 developers to complete a lot of Perl 6 development and training.

One of the last big changes before we're ready for Christmas is the Great List Refactor - an effort to improve performance, syntax and semantics of lists (especially lazy lists) in Perl 6.

At the workshop, we were working hard on the GLR - finalizing any outstanding design decisions, going…

famfamfam flags, revisited

My department gets a lot of use out of the famfamfam flag set, but we actually needed some of the oddballs like Guernsey.

So I used perl and whipped up a script to generate the CSS sprite image & CSS out of the raw images, so I can easily drop in new flags, and regenerate a new, versioned sprite set.

... Of course, I still could use some help drawing some very very small flags.

Parrot 3.7.0 "Wanda" released

http://www.parrot.org/news/2011/Parrot-3.7.0

Expect a new version of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler to follow shortly.