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Parrot 3.6.0 "Pájaros del Caribe" released

James E Keenan
July 19, 2011 02:46
Parrot 3.6.0 "Pájaros del Caribe" released
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We are proud to announce Parrot 3.6.0, also known as "Pájaros del 
Caribe". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 3.6.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the 
download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages 
that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, 
or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github.

To clone the the Parrot Git repo into a directory called 'parrot', use 
the following:

     git clone git://

If you want it to be in a directory other than 'parrot', then just give 
that as a second
argument to clone:

     git clone git:// parrot_foo

Parrot 3.6.0 News:

- Core
   + Class.add_vtable_override now allows you to overwrite an override
   + Integers, floats and strings can now be stored in lexical variables.
     Previously, only PMCs could be stored in lexicals.
   + VTABLE_substr has been removed. VTABLE_substr_str has been renamed to
   + Added a new PackfileView PMC type, an intended replacement for the 
     Eval PMC.
   + The is_integer vtable on the String PMC now works for all string 
   + Unicode error messages on Win32 now work correctly.
   + A memory leak in IMCC was fixed.
- Languages
   + The snaphost of Winxed included with Parrot was updated to version 
   + Winxed has migrated to Github:

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:


Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our 
sponsors for supporting this project. The following people (in random 
order) contributed to this release. Thanks!

Julian Albo, Matt Boyle, Vasily Chekalkin, chromatic, Will Coleda, Bruce 
Gray, Brian Gernhardt, Michael H. Hind, James E Keenan, Bob Kuo, Andy 
Lester, Jonathan "Duke" Leto, Peter Lobsinger, Patrick Michaud, 
Christoph Otto, Felipe Pena, Francois Perrad, Gerd Pokorra, Kevin 
Polulak, Tadeusz Sośnierz, Andrew Whitworth, Jonathan Worthington.

Our next release is 16 August 2011.

Did you think we were going to leave without a quotation? Wrong!

     "El concierto de tantos pájaros distinto llegó a ser tan aturdidor, 
que Úrsula se tapó los oídos con cera de abejas para no perder el 
sentido de la realidad. La primera vez que llegó la tribu de Melquíades 
vendiendo bolas de vidrio para el dolor de cabeza, todo el mundo se 
sorprendió de que hubieran podido encontrar aquella aldea perdida en el 
sopor de la ciénaga, y los gitanos confesaron que se habían orientado 
por en canto de los pájaros."

The Release Manager will offer a public commendation and a suitable 
prize to the first person who correctly identifies the source of this 
quotation WITHOUT USING THE INTERNET. Send your determination of the 
source to jkeenan at cpan dot org and testify that you did not use the 
http(s) protocol, directly or indirectly, in researching the source.


James E Keenan
jkeenan at cpan dot org; IRC #parrot kid51
Release Manager, Parrot 3.6.0 Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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