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Parrot 3.3.0 "Fire in the Sky" Released!

Andrew Whitworth
April 19, 2011 17:12
Parrot 3.3.0 "Fire in the Sky" Released!
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    Nor is there any embarrassment in the fact that we're ridiculous, isn't it
    true? For it's actually so, we are ridiculous, light-minded, with bad
    habits, we're bored, we don't know how to look, how to understand, we're
    all like that, all, you, and I, and they! Now, you're not offended when
    I tell you to your face that you're ridiculous? And if so, aren't you
    material? You know, in my opinion it's sometimes even good to be
    ridiculous, if not better: we can the sooner forgive each other, the
    sooner humble ourselves; we can't understand everything at once, we can't
    start right out with perfection! To achieve perfection, one must first
    begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly,
    we may not understand well. --Fyodor Dostoevsky in "The Idiot"

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 3.3.0, also known
as "Fire in the Sky".  Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 3.3.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at  For those who would like
to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Git to
retrieve the source code to get the latest and best Parrot code.

Parrot 3.3.0 News:
- Core
  + The isa and isa_pmc vtables can now be overridden from PIR
  + IMCC has a new improved external interface
  + A new IMCCompiler PMC adds prototype PDD31-alike functionality for
the PIR and PASM compilers
  + New --with-llvm option to, which will link to LLVM if
it is available
- Community
  + Parrot Virtual Machine was accepted into Google Summer of Code 2011
- Ecosystem
  + Rosella adds a stable "Event" library to implement a
publish/subscribe mechanism
- Tests
  + The test coverage of the extend_vtable subsystem was greatly increased

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:


Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project.  Our next scheduled release is 17 May 2011.


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