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+ Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler development release #56 ("Perl")
+
+On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm thrilled to announce the
+September 2012 release of Rakudo Perl #56 "Perl". Rakudo is an
+implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine (see
+<http://www.parrot.org>). The tarball for this release
+is available from <http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/downloads>.
+
+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
+<http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads>.
+
+The Rakudo Perl compiler follows a monthly release cycle, with each
+release named after a Perl Mongers group. The September 2012 release is
+code-named after Perl.pm, a group located in scenic Perl in Saarland,
+Germany, where an important meetup took place on August 16th-19th
+concerning the reunification of Perl 5 and Perl 6.
+
+This release brings changes; some of them are outlined below:
+
+- basic macro unquoting
+- basic support for m:P5/.../ regexes
+- support for indirect type names in routine and type declarations
+- support for "is export" traits on constants
+- Str.wordcase implemented
+
+These are some possibly breaking changes:
+
+- class Iterable does not inherit from class Cool anymore
+
+- tie-breaking with constraints now picks the first matching one rather than
+ demanding they be mutually exclusive
+
+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:
+
+Jonathan Worthington, Moritz Lenz, Carl Mäsak, Salve J. Nilsen, Patrick R.
+Michaud, Gerhard R, Tadeusz Sośnierz, Will "Coke" Coleda, Geoffrey Broadwell,
+diakopter, PerlJam, cognominal, Larry Wall
+
+If you would like to contribute, see <http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>,
+ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6
+on freenode.
+
+The next release of Rakudo (#57) is scheduled for October 18, 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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