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+It is with a certain degree of amusement that I want to announce, on behalf of
+the Yapsi development team, the April 2010 release of Yapsi, a Perl 6 compiler
+written in Perl 6.
+You can get it here:
+ <>
+How does one compile and run a Perl 6 compiler, you might ask? One way would
+be to use it on itself, but this has been known to cause some immediate
+dependency/bootstrapping issues. It's often a great deal easier to use an
+existing compiler to get off the ground. Yapsi runs fine under the 'alpha'
+branch of Rakudo.
+This is an "official" release of Perl 6, to the extent that we, the Yapsi
+development team, have authority to make official Perl 6 releases, which
+admittedly isn't a very large extent. It's also a "complete" implementation,
+in frankly not very many ways at all.
+Here's an example of what Yapsi can do:
+$ ./yapsi -e ''
+...that's right, it runs the null program. And with correct semantics, and
+But that's not everything. We also do assignments:
+$ ./yapsi -e 'my $a = 42'
+Note that here, too, the semantics are completely on the spot. 42 gets
+assigned to $a, and nothing is output.
+For those of you who cry foul at this point, just watch:
+$ ./yapsi -e 'my $a = my $b = my $c = 5; say $a'
+Yapsi consists of a compiler and a runtime. The program is compiled down into
+a kind of instruction code called SIC [sic]. This code can then be executed
+very quickly inside the provided runtime, where the definition of "very
+quickly" depends on the runtime you're bootstrapping off, etc.
+An overarching goal for making a Perl 6 compiler-and-runtime is to use it as
+an server for various other projects, which will hook in at different steps:
+* A time-traveling debugger (tardis), which will hook into the runtime.
+* A coverage tool (lid), which will also hook into the runtime.
+* A syntax checker (sigmund), which will use output from the parser.
+Another overarching goal is to optimize for fun while learning about parsers,
+compilers, and runtimes. We wish you the appropriate amount of fun!

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