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+ Announce: Niecza Perl 6 v9
+
+This is the nineth release of Niecza Perl 6, as usual scheduled on
+the last Monday of the month.
+
+You can obtain a build of Niecza from [1]. This build contains a
+working compiler as a set of .exe and .dll files suitable for use with
+Mono. If you wish to follow latest developments,
+you can obtain the source from [2]; however, you will still need a
+binary for bootstrapping, so you gain nothing from a "source is
+better" perspective.
+
+Niecza is a Perl 6 compiler project studying questions about the
+efficient implementability of Perl 6 features. It currently targets
+the Mono implementaton of the Common Language Runtime.
+
+
+ List of changes
+
+
+
+[Breaking changes]
+
+Niecza v9 no longer supports .NET. Niecza v9 has Mono-specific code
+for performing file access tests. Implementation of runtime probing
+has been deferred until demand arises.
+
+
+
+[Major features]
+
+Niecza now supports the $::("foo") indirect name access syntax,
+including indirect access to pseudopackages such as CALLER.
+
+Trailing double colons on package names are now parsed, allowing
+for working Foo::<$bar> syntax.
+
+Pseudo-packages (CALLER, OUTER, etc) are now supported.
+
+The new gist method is used to render say output one argument at a time,
+and no longer has the effect of joining lists without spaces.
+
+Nil is now supported according to spec. It is an undefined value, and
+is treated as the lack of an argument by the binder.
+
+Perl 6 subroutine-scope phasers are now implemented: LEAVE, ENTER, UNDO,
+KEEP, TEMP, PRE, POST. Class-level design-by-contract is still NYI.
+
+CATCH and CONTROL are now implemented.
+
+
+
+[Minor new features]
+
+Name handling is more uniform and corner cases such as class :: is Str
+now work.
+
+"is dynamic" is now parsed and ignored on variables.
+
+Exception handling through nested runloops is now more transparent;
+control exceptions in particular now work properly.
+
+File access tests (rwxoRWXO) are now supported. (Mathew Wilson)
+
+Regex modifiers :nth :x :continue :pos are now supported.
+
+Added &dir, Pair::ACCEPTS.
+
+Added sprintf (Mathew Wilson and Martin Berends).
+
+General cases of the temp and let pseudo-declarators are now
+implemented.
+
+Warnings are now implemented as control exceptions and can be caught
+using CONTROL.
+
+
+
+[Selected bug fixes]
+
+% now handles signs correctly. (Larry Wall)
+
+
+
+[Other]
+
+The binary distribution has been slightly simplified to reduce potential
+confusion.
+
+
+
+ Getting involved
+
+Contact sorear in irc.freenode.net #perl6 or via the sender address of
+this mailing. Also check out the TODO file; whether you want to work
+on stuff on it, or have cool ideas to add to it, both are good.
+
+ Future directions
+
+The main shiny thing I want to chase next month is asynchronous I/O
+and networking. Niecza's poor startup speed makes long-running
+servers an attractive niche to target.
+
+[1] https://github.com/downloads/sorear/niecza/niecza-9.zip
+[2] https://github.com/sorear/niecza
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