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tadzik authored Aug 23, 2012
1 Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler development release #55 ("Frankfurt")
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3 On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm glad to announce the
eb13935 @moritz [announce] fix month, add deprecations from docs/deprecations
moritz authored Aug 23, 2012
4 August 2012 release of Rakudo Perl #55 "Frankfurt". Rakudo is an
fc01818 @tadzik Add a first sketch of a new release guide
tadzik authored Aug 23, 2012
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>.
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9 Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star
10 distribution[*] -- it's announcing a new release of the compiler only.
11 For the latest Rakudo Star release, see
12 <http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads>.
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14 The Rakudo Perl compiler follows a monthly release cycle, with each
eb13935 @moritz [announce] fix month, add deprecations from docs/deprecations
moritz authored Aug 23, 2012
15 release named after a Perl Mongers group. The August 2012 release is
09c46a6 @pmichaud More announcement updates; Frankfurt am Mein -> Frankfurt.pm .
pmichaud authored Aug 23, 2012
16 code-named after Frankfurt.pm, the group that hosted this year's
0ab48ba @pmichaud Another update to the yapceu/release name section.
pmichaud authored Aug 23, 2012
17 YAPC::Europe conference in Frankfurt am Mein.
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19 This release brings a massive amount of changes; some of them are
20 outlined below:
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22 - Memory usage of build stage is reduced by 35% - 40%
23 - Sigilless variables in signatures (prefixed by | or \)
24 - Blocks that declare variables don't turn into hash constuctors anymore
25 - Better error reporting for traits
26 - --> ReturnType in signatures and prefix type constraints of routine
27 return types are now honored
28 - Circularities in module loading are now detected
29 - Improvements in inliner, which allow it to inline a wider
30 range of routines
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moritz authored Aug 23, 2012
32 Some features have been deprecated:
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34 - Parameters preceeded by a | or \ may not have a sigil anymore.
35 sub f(\$x) { say $x }
36 must be changed to
37 sub f(\x) { say x }
38 Usage of \$x will unconditionally warn in 2012.09 and be removed in 2012.10
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40 - IO::Path.dir (which returns the directory part of the path)
41 has been renamed to IO::Path.directory.
42 IO::Path.dir will be removed or re-purposed in 2012.09
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44 - The LAZY statement prefix will be removed in 2012.09. It was a non-specced
45 experiment and did not work out well.
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fc01818 @tadzik Add a first sketch of a new release guide
tadzik authored Aug 23, 2012
47 This is only a small peek at the changes in this release. For a more
48 detailed list, see "docs/ChangeLog".
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50 The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
51 making Rakudo Perl possible, as well as those people who worked on
52 Parrot, the Perl 6 test suite and the specification.
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54 The following people contributed to this release:
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56 Jonathan Worthington, Moritz Lenz, Arne Skjærholt, Geoffrey Broadwell,
57 Will "Coke" Coleda, Tadeusz Sośnierz, Patrick R. Michaud, Felix Herrmann,
58 Carl Mäsak, kboga, thou, Brian Gernhardt, Stefan O'Rear, GlitchMr,
59 ChoHag, Larry Wall and lumi_
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61 If you would like to contribute, see <http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>,
62 ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6
63 on freenode.
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65 The next release of Rakudo (#56) is scheduled for September 20, 2012. A
66 list of the other planned release dates and code names for 2012 is
67 available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo
68 development releases are scheduled to occur soon after each Parrot
69 monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
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71 On behalf of the development team, I encourage you to try the new release,
72 to live life to its fullest, to cherish each moment, and to have fun.
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74 [*] What's the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo
75 Star distribution?
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77 The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language.
78 Nothing else.
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80 The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection
81 of useful Perl 6 modules, the most recent incarnation of the "Using
82 Perl 6" book, and other software that can be used with the Rakudo
83 compiler to enhance its utility. Rakudo Star is meant for early
84 adopters who wish to explore what's possible with Rakudo Perl 6 and
85 provide feedback on what works, what doesn't, and what else they
86 would like to see included in the distribution.
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