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+ Announce: Niecza Perl 6 v1
+To mark one month since the first announcement of Niecza, to be known
+retroactively as v0, this is another announcement, to be known as v1.
+Further announcements will occur at intervals on the last Monday of
+each month.
+Niecza is a Perl 6 compiler project studying questions about the
+efficient implementabilty of Perl 6 features. It currently targets
+the Common Language Runtime in the form of Mono.
+ List of changes
+* The code generation backend has been rewritten to generate CLR
+ bytecode directly, instead of going through the C# compiler. This is
+ quite a bit faster, and also generates slightly better code (due to
+ structural restructions on C# code that spaghetti bytecode lacks).
+ Also, it means that Niecza no longer depends on a C# compiler after
+ installation.
+* Call graph generation. Set NIECZA_TRACE_CALLS=1 in the environment,
+ then pass the output into perf/ to see what your
+ most used functions are.
+* The included JSYNC interface can now save subclasses of Hash.
+* &print is now available.
+* use v6; is now recognized and ignored.
+* --gen-app is no longer available; it was deeply tied to the C# use.
+* The binder has been redesigned and made data-driven, shrinking DLLs
+ and making signature introspection possible.
+* Regex matches now set $/.
+* Exceptions now propagate out of inner loop contexts correctly (e.g.
+ if a Str overload dies when an object is stringified)
+* Array and hash slices are now supported.
+* Relative array indexing (@foo[*-1]) is now supported.
+* INIT blocks are now supported.
+* In stack traces, method names now include the class.
+* 'augment' now takes effect at INIT time, not BEGIN. This allows
+ augments to be used in precompiled modules.
+* Bootstrap code is now properly distributed between modules, rather
+ than having all of it bloat MAIN.exe.
+* require declarations are now supported.
+* Minor optimizations have been done on: storage of boxed values,
+ autovivification, postcircumfix operators, contextual conversions,
+ zero width assertions, list iteration.
+ Getting involved
+Contact sorear in #perl6 or via the sender address of
+this mailing. Also see docs/lhf.txt for a list of things that need to
+be done in no particular order.
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