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+Announce: Rakudo Perl development release #15 ("Oslo")
+On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm pleased to announce
+the March 2009 development release of Rakudo Perl #15 "Oslo".
+Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine [1].
+The tarball for the March 2009 release is available from
+However, because of the rapid pace of Rakudo development and addition
+of new features, we still recommend that people wanting to use or work
+with Rakudo obtain the latest version directly from the main repository
+at github -- more on this in a bit.
+Rakudo Perl follows a monthly release cycle, with each release code named
+after a Perl Mongers group. This release is named "Oslo" in honor of
+the organizers of the 2009 Nordic Perl Workshop [2], April 16-17, 2009.
+The 2009 Nordic Perl Workshop will have a special focus on Perl 6,
+Rakudo Perl, and Parrot, including Perl 6 tutorials and hackathons
+after the conference itself.
+A list of the other planned release dates and codenames for 2009 is
+available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo
+development releases are scheduled to occur two days after each
+Parrot monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
+Rakudo Perl now uses git [3] for its version control system, hosted
+at . The README file there is kept
+up-to-date with the latest instructions for obtaining and building
+Rakudo Perl.
+In this release of Rakudo Perl, we've made the following major changes
+and improvements:
+* Rakudo is now passing 7273 spectests. This is an increase of 197
+ passing tests since the February 2009 release.
+* The eval() construct now understands lexical variables from an
+ outer scope.
+* More of the builtin functions ("settings") are being written in Perl 6.
+* Rakudo supports the "R" (reverse) metaoperator.
+* Parsing of if, unless, while, until, etc. statements after blocks
+ now works correctly.
+* The Q quote operator is now implemented, along with several adverbial
+ forms. In particular, the Q:PIR form allows inline PIR to be
+ included in Perl 6 code.
+* Multi-method dispatch now works with inheritance also.
+The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
+making Rakudo Perl possible. The next release of Rakudo (#16) is
+scheduled for April 23, 2009.
+[1] Parrot,
+[2] Nordic Perl Workshop 2009,
+[3] Git version control system,

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