Rakudo Star 2011.04 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the April 2011 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the April 2011 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The April 2011 Star release includes release #40 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 3.3.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* Modules MiniDBI, form, HTTP::Daemon, Yaml and Module::Tools are removed in this release.
* New modules Pies (including panda, the module installer) and HTTP::Server::Simple have been added.
* New implementation of IO::Socket::INET, with basic IPv6 support
* -p and -n command-line options are now available
* Many new IO improvements, including stat-related methods
* New –ll-backtrace command-line switch for printing PIR level stack traces
* Preliminary implementation of Infix ‘orelse’
* Added Str.indent
* Bugfixes to negation meta operator
* Support for complex conjugation

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at rakudobug@perl.org.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a three-month cycle, or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. (The Rakudo compiler will continue with monthly releases.) The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be in July 2011.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/

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Rakudo Star 2011.01 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the January 2011 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the January 2011 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Starting with this January 2011 release, Rakudo Star releases will be created on a three-month cycle, or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. (The Rakudo compiler will continue with monthly releases.) The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be in April 2011.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language
(“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The January 2011 Star release includes release #37 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 3.0.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* faster subroutine calls (type cache)
* implemented ‘handles Rolename’ trait
* ‘use Devel::Trace’ debugging pragma
* improved parsing of keyword boundaries
* faster .comb

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at rakudobug@perl.org.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/

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Rakudo Star 2010.12 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the December 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the December 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The December 2010 Star release includes release #36 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.11.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* New .trans algorithm
* Configuration improvements
* More bug fixes

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a “Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at rakudobug@perl.org.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Starting with the January 2011 release, Rakudo Star releases will be created on a three-month cycle, or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on January 25, 2011.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/

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Rakudo Star 2010.11 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the November 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the November 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The November 2010 Star release includes release #35 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.10.1 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* qw// is implemented
* The .trans method is 5x faster
* Indexing with ranges and Whatever offsets now works

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a “Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at rakudobug@perl.org.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a monthly cycle or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on December 28, 2010.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/
[3] http://github.com/perl6/roast

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Rakudo Star 2010.10 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the October 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the October 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The October 2010 Star release includes release #34 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.9.1 of the Parrot
Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* A simple implementation of ‘require’
* Local timezone is available in $*TZ
* Implementations of ms// ss/// (samespace)
* Speed improvements to Str.flip
* Hyperoperator versions of +=
* Improved diagnostic messages and warning messages
* True and False now stringify properly
* Attribute modification via introspection

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a
“Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at rakudobug@perl.org.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a monthly cycle or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on November 23, 2010.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/
[3] http://github.com/perl6/roast

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Rakudo Star 2010.09 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the September 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the September 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The September 2010 Star release includes release #33 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.8.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* Several performance improvements have been implemented; notably in the slurp() and reverse() functions
* The series operator has been refactored and updated to the current specification
* Temporal objects (DateTime, Date, Instant, and Duration) are now completely implemented
* Enumeration objects now conform much closer to the specification
* ‘now’ and ‘time’ are now terms instead of functions. This means you can write ‘time – 1′ and it will do what you mean, but ‘time()’ is no longer valid.
* The Perl 6 specification tests [3] are now included in the distribution.

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a “Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a monthly cycle or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on October 26, 2010.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/
[3] http://github.com/perl6/roast

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Rakudo Star 2010.08 released

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the August 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the August 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. The August 2010 Star release includes release #32 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.7.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.

This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the previous Star release:
* Nil is now undefined
* Many regex modifiers are now recognized on the outside of regexes
* Mathematic and range operations are now faster (they’re still slow, but they’re significantly faster than they were in the previous release)
* Initial implementations of .pack and .unpack
* MAIN can parse short arguments
* Removed a significant memory leak for loops and other repeated blocks

This release (temporarily?) omits the Config::INI module that was included in the 2010.07 release, as it no longer builds with the shipped version of Rakudo. We hope to see Config::INI return soon.

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a “Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:
* nested package definitions
* binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
* typed arrays
* macros
* state variables
* threads and concurrency
* Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
* pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
* interactive readline that understands Unicode
* backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
* non-blocking I/O
* most of Synopsis 9
* perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC channel #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a monthly cycle or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on September 28, 2010.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/

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Rakudo Star – a useful, usable, “early adopter” distribution of Perl 6

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I’m happy to announce the July 2010 release of “Rakudo Star”, a useful and usable distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the July 2010 release is available from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads.

Rakudo Star is aimed at “early adopters” of Perl 6. We know that it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification that aren’t implemented yet. But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications and exploring a great new language. These “Star” releases are intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the Perl 6 language and Rakudo’s implementation of it.

In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language (“Perl 6″) and specific implementations of the language such as “Rakudo Perl”. “Rakudo Star” is a distribution that includes release #31 of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.6.0 of the Parrot Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community. We plan to make Rakudo Star releases on a monthly schedule, with occasional special releases in response to important bugfixes or changes.

Some of the many cool Perl 6 features that are available in this release of Rakudo Star:

  • Perl 6 grammars and regexes
  • formal parameter lists and signatures
  • metaoperators
  • gradual typing
  • a powerful object model, including roles and classes
  • lazy list evaluation
  • multiple dispatch
  • smart matching
  • junctions and autothreading
  • operator overloading (limited forms for now)
  • introspection
  • currying
  • a rich library of builtin operators, functions, and types
  • an interactive read-evaluation-print loop
  • Unicode at the codepoint level
  • resumable exceptions

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a “Perl 6.0.0″ or “1.0″ release. Some of the not-quite-there features include:

  • nested package definitions
  • binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
  • typed arrays
  • macros
  • state variables
  • threads and concurrency
  • Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
  • pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
  • interactive readline that understands Unicode
  • backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
  • non-blocking I/O
  • most of Synopsis 9
  • perl6doc or pod manipulation tools

In many places we’ve tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the programmer that a given feature isn’t implemented, but there are many that we’ve missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed.

See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources.

Rakudo Star also bundles a number of modules; a partial list of the modules provided by this release include:

  • Blizkost – enables some Perl 5 modules to be used from within Rakudo Perl 6
  • MiniDBI – a simple database interface for Rakudo Perl 6
  • Zavolaj – call C library functions from Rakudo Perl 6
  • SVG and SVG::Plot – create scalable vector graphics
  • HTTP::Daemon – a simple HTTP server
  • XML::Writer – generate XML
  • YAML – dump Perl 6 objects as YAML
  • Term::ANSIColor – color screen output using ANSI escape sequences
  • Test::Mock – create mock objects and check what methods were called
  • Math::Model – describe and run mathematical models
  • Config::INI – parse and write configuration files
  • File::Find – find files in a given directory
  • LWP::Simple – fetch resources from the web

These are not considered “core Perl 6 modules”, and as module development for Perl 6 continues to mature, future releases of Rakudo Star will likely come bundled with a different set of modules. Deprecation policies for bundled modules will be created over time, and other Perl 6 distributions may choose different sets of modules or policies. More information about Perl 6 modules can be found at http://modules.perl6.org.

Rakudo Star also contains a draft of a Perl 6 book — see “docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf” in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Rakudo Star releases are created on a monthly cycle or as needed in response to important bug fixes or improvements. The next planned release of Rakudo Star will be on August 24, 2010.

[1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
[2] http://parrot.org/

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Rakudo Star (a “usable Perl 6″) to be released by July 29

As many of you know, last summer we announced that we would be releasing a “usable release of Rakudo Perl 6” to be called “Rakudo Star” in the second quarter of 2010. We later refined our target release date to be April 2010.

Until March of this year we were well on track to meet the April 2010 release date, but then I had an family medical emergency that took me away from Perl 6 development. As a result of my situation, the Rakudo and Perl 6 team met online in early March and decided that an April release date would be unrealistic, and we instead focused our efforts on trying to make a June release for Rakudo Star, to keep with our original “second quarter 2010″ goal.

Ultimately it ended up being twelve weeks before I was able to return to active Perl 6 development (i.e., late May). During my absence the others on the Rakudo and Perl 6 team made incredible progress on Rakudo Perl 6; I think their progress shows that a truly capable (and growing) team of developers has coalesced around Rakudo Perl. Thanks to their efforts, as of late May the compiler had nearly everything we identified as critical for Rakudo Star in the ROADMAP, with only a few key features blocking on my personal participation. We therefore felt we still had a good likelihood of meeting the June 2010 target, and continued to work with that goal in mind.

As part of planning this week’s Parrot and Rakudo releases, we all met online to solidify our plans for the Rakudo Star release. After much discussion, we decided that although we could likely make some sort of Rakudo Star release in June, there was too much risk that releasing in June would fall well short of our vision of what we want Rakudo Star to be.

Therefore, we’ve decided to to let the release date slip one more month and release Rakudo Star not later than July 29, 2010. We are firmly committed to the July 29 date; whatever we have available then, that’s what we release. I know that another delay will be frustrating to many (it is very frustrating to me), and that some will undoubtedly cite this delay as yet more “evidence” that there will never be a release of Perl 6. But given the circumstances, I think we feel that we promote Perl 6 better by moving the release date by a month than we would by releasing something less than our vision.

For those who might claim that we should “release early”, we are still continuing to make regular monthly compiler releases. The most recent release (#30, “Kiev”) comes with a lot of improvements over previous releases, and I truly expect the next release (#31, “Atlanta”) to continue the trend. As always, we continue to invite people to try out the compiler releases and to visit the Perl 6 website to see what Perl 6 is already doing today.

Finally, on a personal note, my wife and I sincerely appreciate the ongoing support, prayers, and understanding we have received from the Perl community (and especially the Rakudo and Perl 6 teams) during these difficult times. While my wife is still not “out of the woods” yet, things are far better now than they were in the Spring, and we continue to work towards and pray for her full recovery.

More details about the Rakudo Star release will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks.

Pm

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A Rakudo * Update

Note: I neglected to cross-post this journal post to rakudo.org when I wrote it a couple of weeks ago; apologies.

The last week has brought some sad news. While software is of course insignificant compared to life and health, and it’s absolutely right that at this time Rakudo should be the last thing Pm should be worrying about, I know a lot of people will be wondering what this means for the Rakudo * release. Myself and the other Rakudo developers are still working out the exact details, but here’s an overview.

  • Rakudo * will be delayed in the “not in late April” sense. We all agree on this. There’s no way you can take the lead developer of a project away, when the overall team isn’t that big anyway, and expect to deliver the same product on the same schedule.
  • While I’ve always stated Q2 in my talks, we’ve also always had an internal target date of April. Of course, this is open source so nothing is internal, and April has been widely latched on to. :-) We’re sticking with the Q2 goal, but now expect to deliver in May or June (preferably, before YAPC::NA :-)).
  • While we do of course greatly miss Pm’s company, direction, and code, I’m comfortable that there’s not anything on the Rakudo * ROADMAP that absolutely blocks on Pm. There’s things that are harder for the rest of us to do, but we’ve actually tackled some of them head-on in the last several days, and now have first cuts of many of them – or in some cases are virtually done with them.

There’s been a lot of exciting progress in Rakudo recently – the ChangeLog for the last release gives a bunch of it, but we’ve done a whole load more since then too. I’ll try and blog about some of it soonish. In the meantime, I’d like to thank all of the Rakudo and Perl 6 team for being amazing to work with on this, and my thoughts and prayers are with Pm and Paula.

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