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Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler development release #54 ("Tallinn")
On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm glad to announce the
July 2012 release of Rakudo Perl #54 "Tallinn". Rakudo is an
implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine (see
<>). The tarball for this release
is available from <>.
Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star
distribution[*] -- it's announcing a new release of the compiler only.
For the latest Rakudo Star release, see
The Rakudo Perl compiler follows a monthly release cycle, with each
release named after a Perl Mongers group. The July 2012 release is
code-named after Tallinn, a fine old capital where jnthn and masak had
much useful discussions about Perl 6 macro design last year.
This release includes a lot of changes since the last one, including:
- Built-in meta-objects (e.g. Metamodel::ClassHOW) now inherit from Any
- &open now supports :enc/:encoding
- Changed &dir to return IO::Path objects, not strings
- Deprecated .bytes, .ucfirst, and .lcfirst on Str
- recognize obosolete rand() and rand(N) forms at compile time
- anonymous subset types 'subset :: of Int where { $_ > 0 }'
This is only a small peek at the changes in this release. For a more
detailed list, see "docs/ChangeLog".
The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
making 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:
Patrick R. Michaud, Moritz Lenz, Jonathan Worthington, Jonathan Scott Duff,
Carl Mäsak, ronaldxs, Felix Herrmann, harmil, Gabor Szabo, sisar
If you would like to contribute, see <>,
ask on the mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6
on freenode.
The next release of Rakudo (#55) is scheduled for August 23, 2012. A
list of the other planned release dates and code names for 2012 is
available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo
development releases are scheduled to occur soon after each Parrot
monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
On behalf of the development team, I encourage you to try the new release,
to live life to its fullest, to cherish each moment, and to have fun.
[*] 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.
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