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2012-09-28 Add announcement for 2012.09.1 .
1 Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler development release 2012.09.1
2
3 On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm announcing an
4 out-of-schedule release of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler. Rakudo is an
5 implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine (see
6 <http://www.parrot.org>). The tarball for this release
7 is available from <http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/downloads>.
8
9 Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star distribution[*]
10 -- it's announcing a new release of the compiler only. For the latest
11 Rakudo Star release, see <http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads>.
12
13 This release is a point release in addition to the regular, monthly
14 releases. Rakudo 2012.09 (no .1) required Parrot 4.8.0, which was recently
15 discovered to have some unfortunate regressions in standard input/output
16 buffering for many environments. This interim release restores the
17 compiler back to using Parrot 4.4.0 to allow more time to resolve
18 I/O issues. This also means we revert to 2012.08's version of socket
19 encoding (where sockets all assume utf8 encoding of data), but this
20 reversion is considered of lesser harm than the regressions in
21 standard I/O.
22
23 Other changes since the 2012.09 release are also included in this
24 point release:
25
26 - add 'is-prime' and 'expmod' operations
27 - enable smart matching against Signature literals
28 - enable binding to signatures in declarators
29 - add the 'is hidden' and base traits
30 - temporarily remove the ability to change socket encodings (reverts
31 to 2012.08's behavior)
32
33 Both 2012.09 and 2012.09.1 contain a possibly breaking change from 2012.08:
34
35 - class Iterable does not inherit from class Cool anymore
36
37 This is only a small peek at the changes in this release. For a more
38 detailed list, see "docs/ChangeLog".
39
40 The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
41 making Rakudo Perl possible, as well as those people who worked on
42 Parrot, the Perl 6 test suite and the specification.
43
44 The following people contributed to this release:
45 Jonathan Worthington, Moritz Lenz, Patrick R. Michaud,
46 Jonathan Scott Duff, Solomon Foster
47
48 If you would like to contribute, see <http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>,
49 ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6
50 on freenode.
51
52 The next release of Rakudo (#57) is scheduled for October 18, 2012. A
53 list of the other planned release dates and code names for 2012 is
54 available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo
55 development releases are scheduled to occur soon after each Parrot
56 monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
57
58 [*] What's the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo
59 Star distribution?
60
61 The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language.
62 Nothing else.
63
64 The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection
65 of useful Perl 6 modules, the most recent incarnation of the "Using
66 Perl 6" book, and other software that can be used with the Rakudo
67 compiler to enhance its utility. Rakudo Star is meant for early
68 adopters who wish to explore what's possible with Rakudo Perl 6 and
69 provide feedback on what works, what doesn't, and what else they
70 would like to see included in the distribution.
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