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Announce: Niecza Perl 6 v16

Stefan O'Rear
March 26, 2012 23:21
Announce: Niecza Perl 6 v16
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    Announce: Niecza Perl 6 v16

This is the sixteenth 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 or Microsoft .NET.  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 Common Language Runtime; both Mono and Microsoft .NET are known to
work.  On Windows, Cygwin is required for source builds only; see the
README for details.

    List of changes

[Minor changes]

Improved multi-dispatch failure error messages (Larry Wall).

Added @foo[1;2;3] multi-indexing syntax (but no real multidimensional
arrays yet), and Zen slices @foo[].

Added take-rw and return-rw functions for returning a read-write value.
(This will allow you to futureproof your code against take and return
becoming readonly by default.)

Containers bound into aggregates like %foo<k> := 1..3 now retain list
nature for iteration.

    Getting involved

Contact sorear in #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.

[2] Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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