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Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler development release #53 ("Strasbourg")On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm glad to announce theJune 2012 release of Rakudo Perl #53 "Strasbourg". Rakudo is animplementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine (see <http://www.parrot.org>). The tarball for this releaseis available from <http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/downloads>.Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Stardistribution[*] -- it's announcing a new release of the compiler only.For the latest Rakudo Star release, see<http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads>.The Rakudo Perl compiler follows a monthly release cycle, with eachrelease named after a Perl Mongers group. The June 2012 release iscode named after Strasbourg, the location of the French Perl Workshop 2012.This release includes a lot of changes since the last one, including:* Longest-Token Matching for | alternations in regexes* Stricter numification of strings (fails if the string does not represent a number)* 'require' now allows argument lists* Faster .map / list handling* Improvements to typed exceptionsThis is only a small peek at the changes in this release. For a moredetailed list, see "docs/ChangeLog".The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors formaking Rakudo Perl possible, as well as those people who worked on Parrot, the Perl 6 test suite and the specification.The following people contributed to this release:Contributors to Rakudo since the release on 2012-05-17:Moritz Lenz, Jonathan Worthington, Patrick R. Michaud, kboga, Jonathan Scott Duff, Tadeusz Sośnierz, Carl Masak, Geoffrey Broadwell, diakopter, Solomon Foster, JimmyZ, TimToadyIf you would like to contribute, see <http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>,ask on the email@example.com mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6on freenode.The next release of Rakudo (#54) is scheduled for July 19, 2012. Alist of the other planned release dates and code names for 2012 isavailable in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudodevelopment releases are scheduled to occur soon after each Parrotmonthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.On behalf of the development team, I encourage you to try the new release.Have fun, and let us know about your experience.[*] What's the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo Star distribution? The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language. Nothing else. The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection of useful Perl 6 modules, the most recent incarnation of the "Using Perl 6" book, and other software that can be used with the Rakudo compiler to enhance its utility. Rakudo Star is meant for early adopters who wish to explore what's possible with Rakudo Perl 6 and provide feedback on what works, what doesn't, and what else they would like to see included in the distribution.