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  1 +Announce: Rakudo Perl development release #15 ("Oslo")
  2 +
  3 +On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm pleased to announce
  4 +the March 2009 development release of Rakudo Perl #15 "Oslo".
  5 +Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine [1].
  6 +The tarball for the March 2009 release is available from
  7 +
  8 + http://www.pmichaud.com/perl6/rakudo-2009-03.tar.gz
  9 +
  10 +However, because of the rapid pace of Rakudo development and addition
  11 +of new features, we still recommend that people wanting to use or work
  12 +with Rakudo obtain the latest version directly from the main repository
  13 +at github -- more on this in a bit.
  14 +
  15 +Rakudo Perl follows a monthly release cycle, with each release code named
  16 +after a Perl Mongers group. This release is named "Oslo" in honor of
  17 +the organizers of the 2009 Nordic Perl Workshop [2], April 16-17, 2009.
  18 +The 2009 Nordic Perl Workshop will have a special focus on Perl 6,
  19 +Rakudo Perl, and Parrot, including Perl 6 tutorials and hackathons
  20 +after the conference itself.
  21 +
  22 +A list of the other planned release dates and codenames for 2009 is
  23 +available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo
  24 +development releases are scheduled to occur two days after each
  25 +Parrot monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
  26 +
  27 +Rakudo Perl now uses git [3] for its version control system, hosted
  28 +at http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo . The README file there is kept
  29 +up-to-date with the latest instructions for obtaining and building
  30 +Rakudo Perl.
  31 +
  32 +In this release of Rakudo Perl, we've made the following major changes
  33 +and improvements:
  34 +
  35 +* Rakudo is now passing 7273 spectests. This is an increase of 197
  36 + passing tests since the February 2009 release.
  37 +
  38 +* The eval() construct now understands lexical variables from an
  39 + outer scope.
  40 +
  41 +* More of the builtin functions ("settings") are being written in Perl 6.
  42 +
  43 +* Rakudo supports the "R" (reverse) metaoperator.
  44 +
  45 +* Parsing of if, unless, while, until, etc. statements after blocks
  46 + now works correctly.
  47 +
  48 +* The Q quote operator is now implemented, along with several adverbial
  49 + forms. In particular, the Q:PIR form allows inline PIR to be
  50 + included in Perl 6 code.
  51 +
  52 +* Multi-method dispatch now works with inheritance also.
  53 +
  54 +The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
  55 +making Rakudo Perl possible. The next release of Rakudo (#16) is
  56 +scheduled for April 23, 2009.
  57 +
  58 +
  59 +References:
  60 +[1] Parrot, http://parrot.org/
  61 +[2] Nordic Perl Workshop 2009, http://www.perlworkshop.no/npw2009/
  62 +[3] Git version control system, http://git-scm.org/

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